@DonMcCollough @null0x0 @gnome thanks! i just switched to adwaita-dark from the tweaks tool as i prefer dark theme. nothing else. happy with the way gnome looks/works so don't really need to make it look/work like something else. i'm hoping to see an option to autohide the top panel when not in use in future updates though as i had that switched on when on macos
I just want to prescribe the essential https://extensions.gnome.org/extension/1160/dash-to-panel/
I myself don't use Debian.
BUT you're properly better of using Flatpaks with those packages on Debian.
That's what made me do the switch from Debian to Arch Linux (besides curiosity :D).
Arch Linux has the ArchUserRepository (short AUR).
It's a repo where users can upload custom packages that aren't in the main repo.
But I don't consider Arch Linux better. It's just different :).
@markosaric @gnome The Linux machines I have worked with at the university tended to be able to play only few videos and no animated gifs. I am thinking of buying a laptop with Linux, but then multimedia should work. Is this just a matter of installing the right software or are there problems with Linus not having (paid) licenses or software to play videos?
@VictorVenema @gnome VLC is what I used on Mac to play multimedia and same app exists for Linux too. Firefox also. I haven't encountered any problems and it would be impossible to use Linux for me if it couldn't play media. Do run it on a USB to test your hardware though to make sure it all works or simply buy a Linux ready laptop
@markosaric I have VLC for Windows. If you do not have any problems, then it is probably just a matter of the right software not being installed on the university computers. Think I will give a try.
@meno yes! i'm missing an easy way in Gnome to take 20 seconds breaks every 20 minutes to rest my eyes. the 20-20-20 rule.
i also miss a built-in dictionary so i can highlight any word in any app and get a quick definition of the word.
and last but not least i miss a wayland-option for a text expander & spell checker that automatically fixes my typos rather than me manually having to click to fix
@markosaric Ok. These don't sound like big problems :)
The main issue I have with Linux is the lack of programs like Ableton Live, Affinity Designer/Photo, etc...
@meno ah yeah those are down to the companies creating them. i've switched to open source alternatives for any software that doesn't want to support Linux
@markosaric absolutely! I'd say that it depends on the field that you're working in and the people you're working with whether it's realistic to switch softwares like that.
At least blender has linux support!
@meno true. perhaps it was easier for me as i didn't rely on any software that doesn't support linux for work. i'm mostly spending my time in the browser.
my suggestion is as someone interested in linux you can try and present alternatives and talk to people about those choices. some people are more understanding than others and as long as you can deliver good results it shouldn't matter how you do it
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