For the sake of our privacy one thing should always be remembered: We should always look for free and open source alternatives of proprietary applications and softwares.

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@Kakeru I def agree with this 100% FOSS is the way to go. ๐Ÿ†

@Wetrix @Kakeru So do I but at times this is much harder than I would like.

@TheDoctor @Kakeru this is true. I would love to ditch windows for example but I'm a gamer ๐Ÿค—๐ŸŽฎ

@Wetrix @Kakeru Me too and I did switch. Haven't used windows in ~2 years and don't regret it.

@Wetrix @Kakeru Sure, I'm a gamer after all. Half of the games I currently play run natively the other half via wine/proton.

@TheDoctor @Kakeru I will have to talk to u about this later! Merry Christmas ๐ŸŽ„ ๐ŸŽ!!

@TheDoctor @Kakeru is it hard to setup your graphics card or get drivers?

@Wetrix @Kakeru That depends somewhat on the distro you use. But in general itยดs not a big deal. Iยดm using manjaro and drivers are just available in the standard repos. Nvidia drivers are proprietary so for some distros you have to jump through a few hoops. Still it is not a big deal especially if you are not new to linux.

@TheDoctor @Kakeru what is the best distro for a noob that wants to game without going through a nightmare with drivers etc ๐Ÿ˜…? Ubuntu?

Try Linux Mint. Ubuntu has the reputation but it is no longer deserved. For someone who wants a system that just works, is intuitive and similar, and let's them also learn more, Linux mint is where it's at.

XFCE or Mate versions are my personal preferences, but there are others. If you like eyecandy KDE is very good and very popular.
@TheDoctor @Kakeru

@mistermonster @Kakeru @TheDoctor mint if what I used to run on my laptop it was awesome!

I got a matrix app. Not sure exactly what or how to join ๐Ÿค”

@Wetrix @mistermonster @Kakeru This is rather a matter of taste. For a beginner Iยดd recommend one of the larger distros. Especially if you're coming from windows Mint is a good choice in my opinion but you can also pick Ubuntu, Fedora etc. The desktop environment doesn't matter just pick what suits you.
For gaming Pop!_OS is a good choice because driver setup. But at the end of the day you can game on all of them.
Helpful resources:

@TheDoctor @mistermonster @Kakeru thx for all these links and taking the time to put this all together! Much appreciated! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿป

I did try matrix tonight for about half an hour. I was immediately asked if I was a SJW in our privacy fed among other things ๐Ÿ˜†

I think I'll just stick to the fed. I'd spend too much time in there ๐Ÿคฃ

@Wetrix @mistermonster @Kakeru Very welcome. I would also add that for steam games is a great resource as well as and the lutris app for (almost) everything else. Between those you should be able to play most games that are playable on Linux.

@Wetrix @mistermonster @Kakeru If you wanna join on matrix you need to pick a homeserver. This would be an obvious choice:
It doesn't matter much however because of federation. Please don't choose otherwise you're good.

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