i have a new computer arriving soon, and will be using linux on it (probably arch)
i've not used linux on the (lap|desk)top since uni, anyone got any tip and tricks for setting things up nice in 2022?
i want a gui, have used tiling wms in the past and wouldn't mind doing that again, but i'm open to all recommendations
yeah, i'm really enjoying fedora silverblue
it was a little awkward at first trying to understand how to tweak an "immutable" operating system, but really with flatpaks and distrobox, it works really well
it's nice to have a system that is hard to break, and easy to roll back, and having separate containers for different versions of compilers and stuff makes development so much easier!
@aral i also agree that linux needs to realise that mainframe multi-user models are next to irrelevant on the desktop, and that if we can find more appropriate models, it'll greatly help make desktop linux much better
@gaeel And we don’t even have to search very far. macOS is standing right there :)
Silverblue is so close. They just need to implement beautiful defaults so no one has to know/care it’s “immutable.” Can be as easy as defaulting to Fedora container in Terminal (with maybe a separate “admin terminal” if someone needs to know about/manage the host) and adopting an account-level package manager.
Beyond that, add account-level disk encryption that triggers on lock screen and we’re basically there.
@cyberspice i'm just a dude, and i have other things on my plate
i also never said that the current form of linux should go away
My impression is that this used to be the direction of travel, but was mostly abandoned. Example: Yast on openSuse: No digging through config files and remembering what's where, just one sensible GUI that was pretty good by 2003‘s standard (when I started using it).
The user side of things has barely improved since then, despite obvious opportunities to do so.
One multi-user feature I *would* like to see: A "just works" interface to set up ldap in my LAN. We have three user accounts, two PCs, three laptops and a NAS (and a Raspi), and I want everyone to be able to use every device without wading through everyone else's stuff.
The NAS (synology) runs on Linux and has a server and client that just work, easy-peasy. I've spend hours but haven't managed to either join any other device, yet it is clearly possible to set up with a few clicks.
@gaeel Exactly :)
The whole idea is that you install apps into your own account instead of the system (whether that’s in a container or layered on the host OS).
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