Help me invest my student loan wisely ($2500 CAN)
>**What will you be doing with this PC? Be as specific as possible, and include specific games or programs you will be using.*\*
I want a multitasking mammoth- I'm in college learning to be a programmer by trade and self educating to be a digital illustratoart content creator for fun. For work/learning I need to have a lot of tasks running at once because I'll be watching a video, reading .pdf textbooks, have a bunch of open projects in visual studio/vs code, and just generally a super adhd learning flow that needs to go without interruption. Obviously I'll eventually be remote working, but since I have zero clue what that remote work will be yet I'll leave it at this is the set up I'll have to be at all day every day.
I'd like to get into making those videos where I record my screen and do a bit of commentary over it or streaming my screen live.
For illustration I've got a variety of software I want to groove with: so far I own Krita, OpenCanvas 6, Corel AfterShot/PainteCAD/PaintShopPro(all that stuff in the Creative Superhero HumbleBundle), SAI, Asesprite, DesignDoll, Blender, FlowScape - and a gigantic wishlist of creative software. The only "demanding" game I play with any regularity is Sims4, and it'd be nice to play it on the most super high ultra settings while being as buttery smooth as possible- but that's still less of a game and more of a creative tool for me.
>**What is your maximum budget before rebates/shipping/taxes?*\*
$2500 Canadian (it can go higher, but does it really have to?)
>**When do you plan on building/buying the PC? Note: beyond a week or two from today means any build you receive will be out of date when you want to buy.**
As soon as possible, but I can wait until Black Friday sales if that's going to get me more bang for the buck.
>**What, exactly, do you need included in the budget? (ToweOS/monitokeyboard/mouse/etc\)*\*
Everything that goes into the tower, a monitor (I'd prefer one very large wide screen over trying to squeeze 2 monitors on this desk, also it doesn't need to be a fancy-pants super color accurate monitor), and a keyboard (currently I use an MSI laptop, so a similar feeling keyboard would be nice). OS.
>**Which country (and state/province) will you be purchasing the parts in? If you're in US, do you have access to a Microcenter location?*\*
Canada, Ontario. No Microcenter. >**If reusing any parts (including monitor(s)/keyboard/mouse/etc), what parts will you be reusing? Brands and models are appreciated.*\
Scythe gaming mouse by Sades.
>**Will you be overclocking? If yes, are you interested in overclocking right away, or down the line? CPU and/or GPU?*\*
Probably not/not anytime soon.
>**Are there any specific features or items you want/need in the build? (ex: SSD, large amount of storage or a RAID setup, CUDA or OpenCL support, etc)**
SSD boot drive and for active work, a second drive with large amounts of storage for archiving. Bluetooth support for a drawing tablet. Support for running virtual machines just in case. I'd prefer AMD. More USB ports is better than less.
>**Do you have any specific case preferences (Size like ITX/microATX/mid-towefull-tower, styles, colors, window or not, LED lighting, etc), or a particular color theme preference for the components?*\*
Mid tower preferably but a full tower is fine too. I'm not particularly keen on RGB but I'll be fine if the RGB version of a thing is bettecheaper than one without. Something easy to clean the dust and hair out of is best.
>**Do you need a copy of Windows included in the budget? If you do need one included, do you have a preference?*\*
I think Windows 10 Home should be fine. //I also don't mind a slightly ugly desktop with an annoying watermark for now and can buy it later if it means squeezing more oomph into the machine.
>**Extra info or particulars:*\*
The more USB ports the better. Any suggestions for a good floor lamp to light a dark working corner would be welcomed. This is a home with pets and smokers, so I'll be opening it up to clean it out fairly often. This will be my first build.
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List of major desktop Linux issues
These are issues that are not specific to a few distros or DEs, but that apply almost universally. It also includes only things that can actually be fixed on Linux's side. Major applications not supporting Linux is bad, but only the creators of these applications can fix that.
Note that this list is work in progress / subject to change. Put your suggestions in the comments.
Lots of distros have bad or incomplete documentation. For example, Linux Mint's old pdf guides are somewhat outdated and its current online documentation
has literally just 4 articles.
Confusing filesystem hierarchy
What do the cryptic three letter names stand for? Does /etc mean "etcetera" and /dev "developer"? Why aren't user directories in /usr? Is /media the place to put my videos in? These are some of the questions a new user might have glancing at the folders in /.
Having an app's files scattered across different directories instead of being in a folder or AppDir like how Windows/macOS do it is inconvenient. Worse, there are a billion of different locations for the binaries (at least the /usr merge is finally improving that).
Gobolinux and historically MoonOS
are examples of distros with a more logical and user-friendly filesystem hierarchy.
Package managers have several problems:
- No separation of system and user packages > no way to update only apps w/o system stuff. Either you use fixed release distros in which case you get outdated apps or rolling release in which case you get an unstable system.
- You're using possibly modified packages instead of unchanged originals that work like the authors intended.
- You won't get support directly from the developers.
There are a few solutions to this, notably AppImage and Flatpak, but they need more adoption and support. (Snap is an option too, but it's locked-in and proprietary server-side.)
(Of course, some users will still prefer package managers for whatever reason, so they should remain an option for those who really want them.)
People love to criticize Windows 10 for having two places for settings and inconsistent visuals, but is having the default applications be a mix of apps with GNOME-style headerbars mixed in with apps that use normal titlebars, as is the case in eg. Ubuntu and Linux Mint really any better? Distros having their default apps come from a variety of DEs is a problem in general.
Not really a problem with Linux itself, but it's annoying and gives Linux a bad image.
Guides use terminals
Again, not a problem with Linux itself, but this can give newbies the impression that terminals are the only way to do stuff in Linux.
Missing or incomplete GUIs
Oftentimes GUIs are missing, forcing the user to use the terminal. Sometimes, you will even have to use the terminal to install an application, as is the case with Brave browser
. Also, applications usually don't show launch errors in the GUI, making the user wonder why the app they doubleclicked isn't starting.
Yeah, we all know that Linux marketing isn't the greatest. However, what some people miss is that marketing goes beyond merely making people aware of a system. One thing effective marketing should focus on is tarnishing Linux's image as an unintuitive, complicated system where you need to use the terminal for basic tasks. Of course, it might be necessary to fix the 2 issues above first.
Also, distro websites should try to market their features better, with clear descriptions and attractive screenshots (Ubuntu MATE
sets a good example here imo) and make it simple to actually download the distro (*cough* Debian *cough*)
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