So after doing a ton of research and testing different distros in virtual machines, I have come back to wanting to move to Endeavour OS from Ubuntu on my laptop. I have a few last questions or things I want to double check to hopefully avoid any major issues. These are my machine specs (neofetch):
OS: Ubuntu 22.04.1 LTS x86_64
Host: X705UDR 1.0
Uptime: 6 mins
Packages: 2935 (dpkg), 65 (flatpak), 32 (snap)
Shell: bash 5.1.16
WM Theme: Orchis-Dark
Theme: Orchis-Dark [GTK2/3]
Icons: Tela-ubuntu-dark [GTK2/3]
CPU: Intel i7-8550U (8) @ 1.800GHz
GPU: NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1050 Mobile
GPU: Intel UHD Graphics 620
Memory: 3254MiB / 31998MiB
and “inxi -Fxxc0z --no-host” produces this: https://pastebin.com/yw4Q1pWG
Stupid question time…
I was planning on using KDE (want to make the switch), but was not sure if my dedicated NVIDIA GPU would cause any compatibility issues. I also was not sure if I would be better off with X11 or Wayland. As long as I can run steam and play the few sports and LEGO games, I do not know that I am really picky. And while I would prefer to swtich to KDE, if using GNOME (with x11 or Wayland, not picky) will just work better / more reliable with my NVIDIA then I can live with that too.
I currently use my second SSD (4TB) for my /home folder. I know 4TB sounds like overkill, but I have a ton of videos, comics, and music files. I back my /home directory up to an external NAS device. Will I still be able to keep my /home folder on that second drive? I assume I can and will need to edit the fstab file like I did in Ubuntu, but again, wanted to check.
Last question: looking at the specs of my laptop as shared above, are their any other potential hardware-related issues you can foresee? The dedicated NVIDIA was my biggest concern as I have been reading some forum posts here and some Reddit posts about other people’s experiences (not limited to Endeavour OS, but including KDE and Wayland). I have been reading about some issues for Fedora and openSUSE with some codec things and hardware acceleration, but I haven’t seen anything about that relating to Endeavour OS, so I am hoping I do not need to worry about that.
So I think that is it. I greatly appreciate any thoughts/input/questions/concerns/hopes/dreams/etc. I am hoping to make the move (assuming there are no major issues) within the next two weeks most likely, but not in the next 3-4 days. I want to make sure I have a whole day set aside and I want to give myself some time to keep researching and receive any feedback here. Thank you in advance! You have all been so nice and welcoming and I really appreciate it!
P.S. - I used to work in IT (10 years) before becoming a pastor, so I do understand a lot of this stuff, but not all of it. And I am the nice kind of pastor who loves everybody and wants to help and support people, not the crabby “everybody is going to hell” kind of pastors who kind of suck to be honest.