Linux Dev - Part 2: Elementary OS

I’m trying to install ElementaryOS, and it’s pretty annoying. Probably easier than other linux distros though. I’m running on an CHUWI LapBook Pro 14.1.

Pain Point: Could not get lock /var/lib/dpkg/lock-frontend - open

Only one instance of the package manager can be running at a time, and this is the message that you get when trying to update in parallel.

Pain Point: Wifi

This feels like it has and always will be a pain point for Linux. I don’t want to have to know the style of connection I’m using in order to browse the web.

Pain Point: Display Not Recognized

The display, for whatever reason, is recognized as 800 x 600, which makes everything way larger than it needs to be.

Pain Point: Keyboard Shortcuts

The keyboard shortcuts are annoying coming from Mac. Meta-W shows all windows, instead of closing a window. Meta-T opens a window, instead of a tab.

Awesome Feature: Keyboard Modifier Keys

You can just… edit your modifier keys. Like on Macbooks. It’s that simple. I just clicked. It’s incredible.

Pain Point: Pantheon Terminal

“Natural copy-paste” prevents visual block mode in Vim, and must be disabled with a poorly documented setting (gsettings set io.elementary.terminal.settings natural-copy-paste false).

Awesome Feature: Alt + Tab

I know this isn’t ElementaryOS exclusive, but it’s still really nice. I haven’t lost any productivity in switching off of mac, because the keyboard shortcuts I used to use are either exactly the same or only slightly different.

Awesome Feature: Pantheon Terminal

After having used the terminal for a few weeks, it’s actually not that bad. I haven’t had to make any changes to the terminal to use things like italics. That might be because of my configs, but who cares. It works seamlessly, and that’s what matters.