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Old 13. Dec 2013, 08:42 AM   #62 (permalink)
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I spent the whole day on SuperX yesterday.

I got hold of the software update process, and I was able to download Firefox 26, which was available yesterday. I was able to transfer the FEBE backup from Windows, and I was able to setup Firefox the way I have done it in Windows. Still, on Linux, I was quite disappointed with Firefox. Despite tabs being on top, there was space left over, which looked odd. Bookmarks icon doesn't work the way it does in Windows. In Windows, I click on the bookmarks icon, and it shows the bookmarks in a drop down menu, whereas on Linux, it opens a left panel, which isn't productive at all. Scrolling in Firefox in Linux is very choppy, and it feels like I am on a P-III PC or something. The speed though is comparable to Chromium, and is only a tad slow, which I am comfortable with. Still, must say Chromium feels snappy on Linux.

While I was able to do my usual work on Linux, overall, I felt uncomfortable.

In Windows, everything seems in proportion to the resolution, but it didn't feel so in SuperX. It felt like things were out of proportion. Fonts on browsers were big by default, which I resized. Still, the interface didn't seem in proportion. I wasn't particularly happy with the file manager too, whether in single pane, or dual pane. The default in SuperX is Dolphin. Is there a better file manager.

The default image viewer wasn't to my liking too. I installed another viewer, which was better, yet not to my satisfaction. Same with the default screenshot taker. There were no keyboard shortcuts in the screenshot taker... strange. There weren't much choices, and it was hard to find things, since the app centre is not very well organized IMO.

I installed Lancelot Launcher, which was really good. Way better than KDE launcher, which was really bad. Although, at first, I had not liked the SuperX launcher, and missed the default menu based launcher, but I found that SuperX launcher was not bad after you started using it. In some situations, it's actually quite fast and productive, and when everything is in front of you, and you have to start an application quickly. Another reason might be that, in Lancelot, or KDE launcher, you had to click on the menu for the submenu to open up. They could make it clickless, which would be more productive.

I did change around a few things, and was able to change the themes for the windows, and widgets and all. Still, I am really not being at home in Linux, and it all seems kind of disproportionate to me, and it feels kinda outdated. In Windows, everything seems in proportion, and snappy. I feel more comfortable and at home in Windows.

I also encountered a few crashes, while trying to set up widgets, or changing sound.

Also, earlier, I was able to open Software Sources, but after some change to the theme, or windows style, the Software Sources just won't open after putting in the password.

Wget is the default downloader installed in SuperX, but it shows no interface. When I downloaded a few files in Firefox with Wget, I had no way of seeing whether it was being downloaded or not. The only way to see was in the folder itself, where they were being downloaded. I could see the file there, and I could hover the mouse over, and see it change its size as it was being downloaded.
So, I installed Flareget, which was suggested by MC in another thread. I was mighty pleased with it. Thanks for that suggestion, MC. I think you should mention Flareget in its own thread in Linux, it deserves that. Flareget however wasn't present in SuperX Apps Centre, or the Package Manager, and I had to download and install it manually, which went smooth.

I wanted to remove Wget from the system, and so I went into Package Manager, and selected Wget and clicked on remove, but it showed many programs that would be affected, and I didn't know in which way they would be affected, so I didn't remove it.

I saw that many packages were installed by default, many of which I knew nothing about, and they were just too many to browse.

I tried to connect my Android phone to SuperX, and although it detected it as an Android phone, but crashed when I tried to open it.

My webcam doesn't work with SuperX... no detection at all. Also, sadly, there is no Linux driver present for it. I did see with dmesg that the webcam was detected as a video capture device, so I might tinker around with that and read on how to make it work. Not very hopeful though, and I already read that if you want a webcam to work with Linux, get one which offers Linux drivers too.

So well, while I can get things done on Linux, I will still have to return to Windows.

I think I might be moving on to another Linux distro in a few days. As explained above, I somehow don't feel comfortable in Linux. The overall interface of windows, browsers, etc, bothers me.

The other two distros that I have downloaded are based on Ubuntu too, Mint 16 Cinnamon, and Xubuntu 13.10. So, I think should not expect much change from SuperX in overall terms, or should I?

Still, I will check those two out, and see how it goes.
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