Linux Dualboot No More

Well, my experiment to see if I could switch over to Linux on my desktop computer has come to an end. My goal was to see what kind of gaming I could do, and I could never get my graphics card working to acceptable standards. Everything I played showed up looking more pixelated or slower than I was hoping, so I’ve decided to go back to just running Windows on this machine and keeping Linux on my other machines. That seems to work best for me.

My next goal is to find a decent graphics card that will work well with Linux. Based on what I was seeing, it almost looks like Nvidia seems to have the better drivers for Linux gaming. I am currently running an AMD card and not a massively powerful one at that, so I think it might be time to switch to Nvidia and get my Linux gaming on!

I’m not sure when I will be able to get a new card, but I think it is time to start saving up for one!

Linux Mint on the Main Machine

I went ahead and set up the dual boot on my main computer with Linux Mint running alongside Windows 10. This is the first part of testing to see if I can finally move into a Linux environment completely. Linux Mint has been a popular environment for me over the past three or four years, so I tend to go back to it. Although, I was very tempted to try elemental OS that I’ve been hearing about so much, but I chose to hold off for now. Maybe I can put elemental OS on one of my other machines and give it a try.

Something interesting happened when I put Linux Mint on my main computer that I had never encountered before. Usually, the Grub menu gets installed and detects Windows just fine, and I don’t have to worry about dealing with it manually. This time around the Grub menu picked Windows boot partition to be the first boot option, which I had slightly anticipated because I chose to go the UEFI route with this install. Right in the installation documentation for Linux Mint is a small troubleshooting page that mentions this and provides the solution. I just had to reboot back onto the flash drive and tell the Grub menu what order I wanted for my boot menu.

I thought that would be the end of it, but the next time I restarted my computer, the Windows bootloader popped up and put me back into Windows. I was scratching my head at that one because I had just made the change in Grub. I plugged my flash drive in again and when I was I brought up the boot menu from the motherboard to boot into the flash drive again, I noticed the motherboard boot menu was listing Linux Mint (showing as ubuntu) as an option. That made me wonder if I had to also change the option on my motherboard, so I loaded the BIOS and checked. Sure enough, the motherboard still had Windows selected, so I changed it to get it working the way I want.

My previous two motherboards had never needed me to change the option before, so it kind of came as a surprise. The motherboard I have in my computer now is one I picked up recently, so maybe it is a newer thing or maybe I’ve just gotten lucky over the years. Either way, it’s working now and running just fine. I figured I would share this experience in the event some other user encounters it too and is trying to search up a fix.

The next step in my test is to see if I can backup some of my Steam games in Windows and restore them in Linux. I did find some information on how to share a folder between two operating systems, so I would assume performing the backup in Steam in Windows and then restoring it using Steam in Linux would work. Time will tell.

Pondering Full Switch to Linux Mint

I’ve been using Windows 10 as my primary OS since Windows 10 was released with the occasional periods where I would dual boot my PC with Linux Mint. In the last year, I’ve stuck to running just Windows on my primary PC and Mint on my older laptop. I didn’t see the need to dual boot the main computer anymore and figured that I would just stick to a single OS, but I really want to run Mint on my main PC again, so I’m now wondering if I could finally make the jump off of Windows completely and move my main PC to Mint.

My only hesitation is some of the software that I run, but I find myself running the Windows-dependent software less and less these days sticking to stuff that can run either via the web or using software available for both Windows and Mint. Gaming was a big part of the holdout to this point, but I haven’t gamed much on my main computer in the last half year. I understand that Steam has made some big improvements in that area making it possible to run some Windows-only games in a Linux environment now. I’d love to see how that works.

So, I’ve decided that maybe I should bring back the dual boot on my machine for a month or two and see if I can stick to using just Mint for now. I want to run a few experiments with my hardware to see what the performance looks like. I recently installed a new motherboard and processor, which I haven’t run on Mint yet. I also want to test the new Steam capabilities with games. If I can get things working in a satisfactory state, I think I will finally be able to make the jump off of Windows and run everything on Mint.

It will definitely be an interesting move and one I’m curious to see how it will play out. I plan to share what happens and what I experience making this change.

I put together my new computer yesterday, and it went really well. It was the fastest build I’ve done yet, and I was really happy with the results. The computer is running fantastic. I can’t wait to see how this new pc does with some of my favorite games.

I love it when Twitter has its little moments that make me laugh. Today, I saw a tweet from a group that follows Professional Wrestling talking about something that happened on Smackdown. The tweet included the names of two wrestlers who happen to be from outside of the United States. The tweet was in English, but it still had the “translate tweet” option on it for me. Here is picture of the tweet:

I chuckled that it was offering to translate the tweet, but I wondered if it was because of the names of the two wrestlers that may have triggered the translation option. Out of curiosity, I decided to see what the translation would be. Here is the result:

It couldn’t translate the tweet but notice the language it thought the tweet was in: Estonian. It gave me a small chuckle, so I had to share.

The $53 DeX Pad turns your Samsung smartphone into a desktop computer

The $53 DeX Pad turns your Samsung smartphone into a desktop computer

Chromium-Based Edge Browser

If you follow Windows news, you have probably seen the news regarding Microsoft moving to use a Chromium-based version of Edge in future Windows 10 updates. The news first broke as a “we are hearing rumors about” articles followed by Microsoft confirming this news the very next day in a blog post.

When I first heard the rumor, I was curious how this would play out. Most articles said something like “Edge is dead” but I didn’t feel the same way. I personally felt that Microsoft would just continue using the name Edge for the browser included in Windows 10, and that is exactly what happened. This means that Edge as we no it will be no more in the future, but it doesn’t mean that Edge is going away completely. This move is a smart one considering a good portion of Windows 10 users probably only associate the Internet with the E on their taskbar. Just ask anyone who works in tech support for Windows users.

I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this move. This move means Microsoft is moving away from their rendering engine, and I have always felt that more competition is good. Dropping another rendering engine means more stuff is going to be served by Blink, the rendering engine in Chromium, and I feel like this could push us towards a path where websites start being built specifically for Blink while ignoring other engines. This would put browsers like Firefox in a tough position and create an online environment similar to what we had back when Internet Explorer was the main way people accessed the Internet. Many websites came with “Internet Explorer required” on the website and would only run using stuff built into Internet Explorer. I don’t remember that time fondly, and I don’t want to deal with it again.

The Mozilla CEO actually responded to Microsoft’s announcement, and they feel very similar to what I feel. You can read the response here: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/12/06/goodbye-edge/

Time will tell how this plays out. I’m curious to see what a Chromium-based version of Edge will be like. It is possible to sign up for the Edge Insider program and get access to preview builds. I’m not sure if I will do that or not. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll definitely sign up!