from Ubuntu to Debian

Yesterday I did something that I’ve been considering for a while; I burned my installation of Ubuntu and installed Debian.

I’ve been a long time fan of Ubuntu, since before the Unity days, I stuck with the Canonical distro through the Amazon debacle, and the community as been awesome and supportive over the years, and I have loyalty to them.

Although yesterday the KDE plasma installation started having issues, as ever with Ubuntu I find it easier to create a fresh install of the OS rather than try and fix the issues when I’ve installed a broad selection of drivers and programs and I’m not sure which ones have gone tits up.

I was tempted to try the latest Fedora 25, that I’ve been playing with in VirtualBox, but I’m a little too attached to apt-get 🙂

The Debian experience

  • installation has been a straightforward
  • biggest pain was having to install the Debian non-free firmware… or more identifying that I needed to install the Debian non-free firmware 🙂
  • I installed synaptic and deja-dup to access my backed up home directory, which also gave me my .bashrc file back with aliases
    • now have all my usual programs installed, and everything is running as quickly as ever
  • I love the option when installing to add different desktop environments, I’ve been playing with Gnome 2, Gnome 3, KDE, Xfce, Mate, but settled for now on Cinnamon
  • and as a great bonus Steam and Kerbal Space Program installed without issue 🙂

Everything seems to be stable and running well… think I need to change the headers on this blog from Ubuntu to Linux 🙂

Serious geek out


I’ve not been using the processing power of my 8 core PC, so decided to see what it could do this afternoon.

I’ve installed VirtualBox direct from Synaptic Manager, and have created Virtual boxes for Debian and Windows 7.

Both are currently installing, and I have not seen so much activity across all cores before.

Having Windows as a VM will save me heaps of time and frustration, as I will no longer have to log out of Ubuntu, and close files to work in Windows… I wonder if I will be able to log on to works network from the Windows VM?

Update: I can log onto my work network, installing java for windows now. I’m amazed by the speed!
I have also installed MS Office, can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner.

So I boot into Ubuntu, can open VM’s for Windows to my work network, and a tor connection through Debian to the internet.

Next mission is to add a VM file server 🙂