For a long time, I have been thinking of installing a Linux distro for three reasons:
- pure curiosity (What is this Linux thing, how different is it from Windows?)
- the pleasure of learning and experiencing something new
- the idea of having another option besides Windows 7
I bought a hard drive and dedicated it to Linux (Windows 7 is installed on a separate hard drive) I have installed two distros side by side and I been hopping from one distro to the other. After a while, I replaced the two distros with two other distros and continued hopping between the two for several days, playing around, tweaking, testing how the different programs I work with are working with these distros. It has been about a month now that I am distro hopping; Manjaro KDE, Manjaro Xfce, Linux Mint Cinnamon, Solus Budgie, Solus MATE, Elementary OS and lately Maui.
I am not looking for “the perfect” distro but I just want to find a distro that suits my needs and my taste and keep it on my drive. It seems that Ubuntu MATE is this distro. This awesome distro just hooked me! It is the only distro I installed again. Right now on my Linux drive, I have Ubuntu MATE 16.04 and Maui Linux. I will keep MATE 16.04 and later today I will replace Maui with Ubuntu MATE 17.10. I am a Linux and Ubuntu MATE newbie, not tech savvy and not a developer but if by installing 17.10 alongside 16.04 and by finding even one small bug, I hope that I can make my humble contribution to the next release.
For the time being, there is one thing quite awkward in 16.04: I find it difficult to resize a window. When I hover around a corner or the side of a window it is difficult to find the exact spot where to place the cursor. The ‘dragging arrow’ appears but vanishes before I place the pointer of the mouse on it. Not a deal breaker but I think it should be addressed in a future release.
Kudos and thank you very much to the developers.