Aral Balkan @aral

Switching to Linux

I want to feel good about the tool I use everyday and I want it to reflect what I stand for so I just ordered a Tuxedo InfinityBook Pro ( from @tuxedocomputers & they kindly agreed to preinstall Pop!_OS 18.04 for me (thank you, Vinzenz, you rock!)

I maxed it out with an i7 4-core CPU, 32GB RAM, 1TB Samsung Pro SSD & a QHD+ screen that I plan to run at 200% HiDPI.

This will be my main dev machine going forward. Can’t wait! :)

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@drequivalent @tuxedocomputers I wasn’t making fun of it; I was criticising it because I cared :) With Pop!_OS/Gnome Shell, I feel it’s reached a point where (a) I can use it and (b) I can hopefully contribute.

@aral @tuxedocomputers @drequivalent I'm interested in hearing whatever you do that way. May I recommend you learn Vala? It's designed very back-to-front for a language but it turned out very nice.

@drequivalent @aral @tuxedocomputers linux has usability issues when compared to macos. But it has come a long way and look at all the additional freedom and flexibility you are getting.

@drequivalent @aral Here's to the ability to change our minds! o/

@aral @tuxedocomputers Would you tell us how good it is, as soon as you receive it ?

@aral @tuxedocomputers Welcome to the light 🤣 That's super exciting. I hope you enjoy your new machine!

@vickylai @tuxedocomputers Thanks, Vicky. All my deployments have been on Linux for yonks and I’ve always been playing with various distributions in VMs but Pop!_OS was the the first time I felt I could switch properly. That and my increasing disillusionment with every multibillion-dollar tech behemoth, including ones whose business models are different to Google/Facebook.


I'm doing the same thing at some point. Was planning to go with Purism's hardware, but I saw your list of European shops. The game it getting better.

I'm nervous about writing tools though. I don't care about code, design, and emacs. I need me polished writing apps, and I don't mean a word processor replacement. In this department, Linux looks rough. I might have to rough it.

Manuskript would be one certain acquisition, and LibreOffice, of course, but where's the iA Writer of Linux?


I shouldn't say I don't care about dev and design. Of course I do. What I mean is I don't do those things, primarily, and when I do it's very surface level. ;)

@wion @aral Looks like a simple Markdown writer as it seems. There are many for that…


Yes, but not all .md editors are the same. Editors for coders that can do .md are a lot different than editors designed for writers (features and usability around that aspect of use).

Can you give me some examples to look at?

Also need a Scrivner replacement, but I think Manuskript will work for that.

Do you know of any replacements for these types of tools: (desktop publishing)


@wion @aral don't know that much… only saw FocusWriter on flatpak lately, that seems to be solely about writing (novels, or so) and not get distracted.
Also just searched the repo and found (which – from a first look – looks surprisingly similar to ) and "Marker" (which preents some tex-style graphs and formulars in the screenshots)

Let me know if you find some more or try one or another out.

(And as for screenshot tools there are yet even more.)

@wion @aral if you could write about the features you need and why they're important someone may come and make one?..
Also there may be some cross platform alternatives


I might do that. Won't be right away, though, a lot on my plate for the foreseeable future.

But for me, as far as a writer's text editor goes, nobody is doing it better right now than the folks at iA, except for one detail: no Textile. 😞

If I had the Linux equivalent of iA Writer but it supported Textile (including the advanced footnotes functionality the PHP version has) instead of Markdown, I would be in 7th heaven, as they say, as far as an quick text editor goes.


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@aral @tuxedocomputers Hey, I received mine last week. Also an InfinityBook (not 32G inside and a smaller HDD tho)

@aral @tuxedocomputers Yes, compared to my previous laptop, it's much better:D

Looks very much like the one I got from multicom. The Screen is a bit on the glary side, and it huffs and puffs a bit when you try to actually use it fot something, but otherwise a nice machine. The only one I could find that does not come with preinstalled Windows in Norway, and that's worth it alone! Originally from Clevo.

@aral @tuxedocomputers
So.... you leave #Apple ? Mac and IOS ? You stop believe in Apple privacy ?
What kind of future for Better ?

@mrkikos @tuxedocomputers No, I won’t be setting my MacBook, iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch on fire and dancing naked to the flames of their sweet demise :) I’m changing my main development machine to a Linux box. Better will still be maintained on Mac and iOS :)

@aral Awesome, I hope you like it! I'm thinking of buying a Librem 13 from @Purism . What browser are you going to use?

@rickymorgue @Purism Not sure yet, I might just end up using Firefox with all the surveillance-by-default options turned off and DuckDuckGo as the browser. Will see…