Moving Completely to Linux

Now that I have some free time on my hands, I have decided to move one of my main computers (my laptop specifically) completely to Linux. Unfortunately the dual boot way doesn't work with me, I end up booting into Windows eventually anyway. The reason is that I really haven't found a flavor that is actually "tasty".

At the moment, my netbook has become my Linux test hardware. Sure it doesn't have an amazing graphics card, but I don't use anything graphically intense to warrant testing on something better. Plus, if it works smoothly on a netbook it should be the same or better on a higher end computer. I've lost count at how many times the poor thing has been formatted and injected with a new Linux distro. From the top of my head I can list: Ubuntu, Debian, Fedora, CentOS, Scientific, Mint, openSUSE, Mandriva, WattOS. Then there were the BSD distros (ok it's not exactly Linux, but Unix to be specific): FreeBSD (couldn't get GUI running properly) and PC-BSD (GUI based from the start). Unix didn't work out mainly due to the lack of software ported to it, I really missed Google Chrome for example. Even after years of experience with Linux, Unix had a bit of a learning curve.

So as you can see, I can't seem to find that perfect Linux OS that can replace Windows permanently. What am I exactly looking for? Nothing much. I just don't want to spend too much time after installation customizing things to look good. Prefer it to be a distro with a good community, that listens to the community rather than take decisions into their own hands. I prefer if it was based on Debian, but Ubuntu based is fine as well (just an extra hop from Debian). I don't mind the extra work needed to get stuff like WiFi working, it was almost always the case except with Ubuntu.

For now I've got my eyes set on PinguyOS which is based on Ubuntu. I tried it out in a VirtualBox virtual machine and it looked good. I have decided however to install it on my main laptop. The disk cloning process has begun, just in case I revert to Windows. The only software that would have kept me on Windows is Samsung's Odin used to flash firmware on my phone, however I have found a Linux alternative (but haven't tested) called Heimdall.

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