My new GNU/Linux configuration

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Yeah, I get back from macOS to GNU/Linux, and I am really happy !

During the last French sales, I bought a new laptop to replace my 2013 Macbook Air: a Zenbook from Asus.
This Zenbook is the UX310, with 8 Gbytes of RAM, 256 Gbytes of SSD, an i7 processor and, finaly, a QHD+ display screen (which is awesome). The pros of this laptop are that it runs approximately 10 hours (on a GNU/Linux distribution like Ubuntu), a great keyboard, an awesome screen and a great compatibility with the major GNU/Linux distributions. The cons are a mediocre touchpad and a lack of USB ports - this laptop offers a USB 3.0 and USB Type C connexions, but I had difficulties to plug the USB key that contains a GNU/Linux distribution, and a USB/Ethernet device…

First of all, during the shipment process, I was looking for 2016’s GNU/Linux distributions that can be easily installed on this laptop.
I noticed four distributions: Fedora, ArchLinux, AntergOS and CoreOS.
The both first distributions are known in the GNU/Linux universe - I think that they are in the Top10 GNU/Linux distributions on distrowatch. Otherwise, the last two are: an helper distribution to install easily an ArchLinux distribution, and a lightweight OS designed for providing infrastructure to clustered deployments.

I am interesting about running containers on my desktop since I read some blog posts from Jessie Frazelle, a software engineer at Google, and a maintainer of Docker.
Unfortunately, I do not feel really comfortable with the idea to use an OS that runs only Docker containers…
So, I tested AntergOS and… It works really great :-)

I think actually that GNOME is a good desktop solution - I had some problems using KDE a few years, and it seems that Plasma is not stable yet.
However, I plan to migrate from GNOME to XMonad soon - maybe a few weeks.

Today, I use those softwares every day on my laptop:

  • irssi, an IRC software that runs on console;
  • neovim, the VIM of the XXIth century;
  • firefox, … seriously;
  • thunderbird, … seriously (again);
  • transmission, a famous torrent client;
  • vlc, the French awesome music and video player.

Finaly, I installed also some environments to program with Rust (my favorite programming language), OCaml (the greatest functional programming language for me) and Nim (a language that deserves attention for meta-programming, at least).

The combination AntergOS/GNOME works great - apart that screen backlight keys do not work, everything is working great on my laptop :-)