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Which OS do you use primarily?


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Desmond

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I think it would be easier to just make a clean install. If you want to migrate your configurations and preferences, you can just backup your home directory and move it back after installing the OS (I personally have a separate home partition that I can keep between distros).

As for your actual issue, you should look up creating a disk image using dd and then moving that image to another machine and restoring it back using dd.

Refer this article on how to create a disk image and restoring from it: https://www.cyberciti.biz/faq/unix-linux-dd-create-make-disk-image-commands/

I'd suggest testing this out before actually doing it.

Edit: In the article, the example used is for the entire hard drive. For indivitual partition you will have to give something like this dd if=/dev/sda2 instead of dd if=/dev/sda, where 2 is the partition number. You can identify the partition number by running fdisk -l.

Then when restoring, create a partition before restoring the image and then restore into it.

Let us know if there are any questions.
 

aaruni

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I would also do the cloning part with dd. But make sure you really understand what you are doing. There's a reason its nicknamed as "Disk Destroyer".

You could reinstall it and copy over the home partition, but if I were you, I'd just copy over everything (rsync, dd, whatever). Then I'd fix the fstab and grub related things by hand.
 

RumbaMon19

Feel Pain.
Thanks @Desmond and @aaruni for the help,

i am going ahead by copying only the home directory , i already have it on seperate partition. I will be making a clean install and then restore stuff. perhaps a cleaner system would be better…
 

Desmond

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KDE has been making some imaginary ads for various KDE tools as part of the upcoming release of new version of KDE Gear.



They are releasing one ad everyday for each tool. Ad for Elisa to release tomorrow.
 

Æsoteric Positron

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Have you guys tried out elementary OS? EndeavourOS I switched to it yesterday, and am enjoying the experience quite a lot. It runs faster than manjaro for me. The major plus I found out was the forum of endevourOS is nothing short of Manjaro's. In addition the arch wiki is quite a lot useful on endevourOS, since it feels a lot closer to arch. Since its also geared towards advanced users(though I found it easier to work with) and is arch based @Desmond perhaps you might like it.

Note: I am using gnome with it. That's the primary reason I switched to endevour, as I wanted the vanilla gnome experience, and manjaro wasn't up to the task.
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Æsoteric Positron

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Linus Tech Tips - How to install Linux instead of Windows 11

Love this lol:
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Desmond

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Have you guys tried out elementary OS? EndeavourOS I switched to it yesterday, and am enjoying the experience quite a lot. It runs faster than manjaro for me. The major plus I found out was the forum of endevourOS is nothing short of Manjaro's. In addition the arch wiki is quite a lot useful on endevourOS, since it feels a lot closer to arch. Since its also geared towards advanced users(though I found it easier to work with) and is arch based @Desmond perhaps you might like it.

Note: I am using gnome with it. That's the primary reason I switched to endevour, as I wanted the vanilla gnome experience, and manjaro wasn't up to the task.
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Endeavour used to be Antergos. Or rather the community maintained version of Antergos after it shut down.
 

K_akash_i

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i'm on fedora now,i heard zorin 16 is great model like windows for generic people.I think what we lack is a polished grouped alternative for adobe products.i,ve used darktable .it was a bit confusing for a noob to switch from lightroom to darktable.Lightroom like all other adobe products have too many tutorials on web,Then there is a bit more simplicity on it.Most people are workin for new flavours which isnt bad .But to completely replace windows we need to integrate and polish and simplify the ui of the adobe alternatives.I havent tried krita or photogimp yet(i am curious about art but i havent learned art).If the whole alternatives which linux has gets a bit more support and be able to attract digital artists Linux would take the lead.opensource can do wonders for polishing and creating oses then all the products is possible,also it will work out on giving out new updates.Linux already has a big probability to get a wide range library of games due to steam deck.
 
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Æsoteric Positron

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i'm on fedora now,i heard zorin 16 is great model like windows for generic people.I think what we lack is a polished grouped alternative for adobe products.i,ve used darktable .it was a bit confusing for a noob to switch from lightroom to darktable.Lightroom like all other adobe products have too many tutorials on web,Then there is a bit more simplicity on it.Most people are workin for new flavours which isnt bad .But to completely replace windows we need to integrate and polish and simplify the ui of the adobe alternatives.I havent tried krita or photogimp yet(i am curious about art but i havent learned art).If the whole alternatives which linux has gets a bit more support and be able to attract digital artists Linux would take the lead.opensource can do wonders for polishing and creating oses then all the products is possible,also it will work out on giving out new updates.Linux already has a big probability to get a wide range library of games due to steam deck.
Krita is a quite polished app, people even use it on windows. I did try it out (even though I can't draw XD), and the interface is quite appealing. There's a alternative to illustrator called inkscape. Earlier, it wasn't any good for me, though their newest update (1.1 IIRC) made me switch to it, as the interface is really polished now, and its just faster to boot up than illustrator. For video editing there's Da Vinci resolve (which annoyingly doesn't allow you to export videos in some formats in the free version, but only on linux) and Kdenlive. The problem though, lies with photoshop..... It really is that good, and no nice alternatives to exist IMO. GIMP feels clunky and a cumber to use. I even forced myself to use it for 2-3 months, though I just gave up later. Photoshop is just so intuitive and polished, nothing can compare.

PS. Fingers crossed for the steam deck :Fingerx:
 

K_akash_i

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Krita is a quite polished app, people even use it on windows. I did try it out (even though I can't draw XD), and the interface is quite appealing. There's a alternative to illustrator called inkscape. Earlier, it wasn't any good for me, though their newest update (1.1 IIRC) made me switch to it, as the interface is really polished now, and its just faster to boot up than illustrator. For video editing there's Da Vinci resolve (which annoyingly doesn't allow you to export videos in some formats in the free version, but only on linux) and Kdenlive. The problem though, lies with photoshop..... It really is that good, and no nice alternatives to exist IMO. GIMP feels clunky and a cumber to use. I even forced myself to use it for 2-3 months, though I just gave up later. Photoshop is just so intuitive and polished, nothing can compare.
yeah i hope atleast one of the groups who are making new distros would turn around for polishing gimp.which will give linux a bit more weight.
 

Desmond

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i'm on fedora now,i heard zorin 16 is great model like windows for generic people.I think what we lack is a polished grouped alternative for adobe products.i,ve used darktable .it was a bit confusing for a noob to switch from lightroom to darktable.Lightroom like all other adobe products have too many tutorials on web,Then there is a bit more simplicity on it.Most people are workin for new flavours which isnt bad .But to completely replace windows we need to integrate and polish and simplify the ui of the adobe alternatives.I havent tried krita or photogimp yet(i am curious about art but i havent learned art).If the whole alternatives which linux has gets a bit more support and be able to attract digital artists Linux would take the lead.opensource can do wonders for polishing and creating oses then all the products is possible,also it will work out on giving out new updates.Linux already has a big probability to get a wide range library of games due to steam deck.
Zorin is good from what I've hard, but never tried because Zorin is a paid distro. It think it costs like $40 but you get full support from the developers.
 

Desmond

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Oh, ok. I had not realized that. Last time I went to their site i only saw the paid version.
 

Æsoteric Positron

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Zorin is good from what I've hard, but never tried because Zorin is a paid distro. It think it costs like $40 but you get full support from the developers.
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These are the benefits that come with the paid version. Only the last point(Support the devs) is worthwhile imo. The additional layouts would be a nice convenience thing ig, though I also guess you would be able to achieve the same things with gnome extensions. The additional software is just bloat in my eyes


Oh, ok. I had not realized that. Last time I went to their site i only saw the paid version.
Yeah, I didn't the first time too, admittedly before the free version was quite hidden. It is more visible now. Though, most devs put the free version at top and paid one below, zorin did the reverse. Download - Zorin OS
 

Desmond

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Well, the Linux community does have some elitists, but from what this guy is saying, everybody in the Linux community is toxic. Like, how can you say that anybody who says "Just use Linux instead" is a toxic individual? Perhaps that person is just giving genuine advise. I think this guy is just overreacting.
 

RumbaMon19

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What are your thoughts about this?


This guy is just like his channel name, duplicate. Trying to make a video so as to attract more Linux fans. There are many use cases where only Linux can be used, it doesn't make it toxic.

Guesswhat? I will start a channel named Rumbitus Tek T1T5 and my first video wud be on the topic... "Why I hate <insert anything that Target audience likes for good reason> ?" And boom channel blow up time.
 
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