This post is meant in a lighthearted, jokingly manner, but it’s about the pervasive, albeit not entirely false, stereotypes surrounding tech-guys, particularly those who use Linux. These stereotypes often portray them as autistic or socially deprived, and it’s intriguing to note that they are even popular among other Linux users. I’d like to share my positive Linux adventure story to counter these views.
I think I first installed Linux Mint on a virtual machine back in either 2015 or 2017. For the most part, I used it as a sort of plaything or for safety reasons when I needed to check things that I didn’t want to risk outside of the VM.
In 2020, I applied to a computer engineering bachelor’s program. Between 2015 and 2020, I had been using Windows 7 on my system. Prior to that, I used Windows 8 on a laptop and still have a few systems with Windows 10. I didn’t particularly care for any of them, including Windows 11 now. I had this sinking feeling that the era of Windows 7 was coming to an end. Rather than forcing myself to use a newer version of Windows that I knew I wouldn’t enjoy, I decided to give Linux a chance as my main operating system.
At first, I tried Linux Mint with Cinnamon and then Mate. It’s a well-crafted and clean system, but I was really turned off by the fact that most of the software in the repositories is outdated by 2-3 years or more. So, after a few days of tinkering, I switched to Manjaro. I initially tried Cinnamon and Mate versions just like on Mint. Cinnamon was unexpectedly the buggiest of the two. After that, I tried KDE Plasma, which was love at first sight.
After using Manjaro for 7-9 months at home and being forced to use Ubuntu on the university PCs, I decided to switch to Arch Linux. I didn’t understand the purpose of using Manjaro with its artificial separation from its predecessor, especially considering it had almost no advantages. On the downside, most online solutions and help are tailored for Vanilla Arch, but because Manjaro is unique, these solutions might not always work.
Around the same time, I discovered some YouTube videos that discussed the best Arch distros. I believe there were also some comparisons with Artix, which looked promising due to its straightforward installation and variety of init-systems to choose from. The problem was that Artix’s community was much smaller than Manjaro’s, and the chances of getting Artix-specific help, as opposed to Arch, were slim.
Another selling point for EndeavourOS was its small but very active and friendly community, combined with the fact that you’ll be part of the Arch community because EOS is very close to Vanilla Arch. That sealed the deal for me.
Since then, I’ve been using EndeavourOS all the time – at home, at university on my laptop, for gaming (both alone and in couch COOP mode with my family), and for work.
Here’s the “funny” part about how Linux has impacted my life during this period
though it’s obviously wasn’t solely responsible for these changes, but still:
- I lost weight, going from 125kg to 79kg. Given that my height is 178cm, that’s a transition from XXX/XXL clothes to M and occasionally even S.
- I switched from a field I didn’t particularly enjoy (Geology) to one I prefer more(Computer Engineering). I hope to secure a spot to switch back to Biology/Biotechnology, which I studied in Russia.
- I learned a new language: Spanish.
- I made many new friends and met a lot of classmates.
Sadly, I lost many good ones back in 2019 after moving to Spain
- I found a woman who I love and who seems to adore me even more.
- I regained my faith in God (Orthodox Christianity).
- I experimented with bald haircuts for a while, even though it seems my genetics decided that being a Linux YouTuber wasn’t for me. At least now, my beard and head hair seem to be growing in nicely.
- I’ve finally overcome my depression and suicidal thoughts.