I have a 2015 Macbook Pro that I wasn’t doing anything with and it’s no longer supported by Apple. I decided, since it is “the year of Linux on the desktop”, I’d experiment with Linux again.
One of my biggest problems with Linux over the years (back when I was still a PC person) was trying to get hardware to work with it and the UX is typically an afterthought. In the years since I first experimented with Linux, things have changed drastically. Hardware support, even for Apple hardware, has improved over the years. The UX, especially for my chosen distro, Linux Mint, has drastically improved as well.
So I’m basically a week into using Linux Mint on my Macbook Pro. I did take a brief detour with both Ubuntu and Pop_OS, but found them to run into the same performance issues and issues with waking my Macbook from sleep. Nothing I found online helped, so I quickly went back to Mint, which runs blazing fast on this machine. In fact, it nowruns faster with Mint than it did on macOS. I also haven’t had any hardware issues with Mint with the exception of needing to install some firmware via the command line to get the Facetime camera to work (which I never use anyway).
Prior to installing Linux on what I now call my Mintbook Pro, the machine was just sitting in a corner collecting dust. Now this machine has a whole new life ahead of it. If you have a spare machine, why not give it a shot?
I tried out the latest LTS of Ubuntu and Pop_OS and they both ran into the same issue with waking from sleep that I could not figure out. Performance was also diminished. Back to Mint. It’s amazing how much snappier it feels.
I think I may switch Linux distros on my Macbook Pro from Mint to Ubuntu. GNOME has come such a long way, I think I like it better than Cinnamon now.
I love when there is weird stuff on my walks with Spike.
All my bonsai tree sprouts died. Same for my mom’s. Oh well. It was worth a shot I guess.
watchOS 9.6 is killing my battery. Even a reboot of the watch, which usually helps, has done nothing to improve the battery.
It’s amazing that despite watching mostly science, space, and history videos that YouTube’s algorithm constantly thinks I want to watch some right-wing “anti-woke” videos about Disney. It doesn’t matter how many times I tell YouTube to not recommend channels or content like that.
While Linux distros have increased their UX over time, third-party apps still look like they were made in VB 6.0 and that’s disappointing.
Power is out, which means no AC. It has been out for an hour and a half now and it’s starting to get stuffy. Hope it comes back soon or it’s going to be a long night.
Favorite salts (in order most to least):
- Pretzel salt
- Salt from the tears of my enemies
- Popcorn salt
- Iodized salt
- Non-iodized salt
- Sea salt
I just lowered my internet bill by $20 a month and got twice the speed. I should have called my cable company a long time ago.