So, you've made the decision to switch to Linux. But... where do you start?
Let's be honest: There are a lot of Linux distributions out there. While you're usually safe going with one of the bigger names, like Ubuntu or Fedora, it can be pretty hard, especially for a newcomer, to sort out the good from the bad. There are some great tools that help smooth out this problem, though; I can very much recommend LibreHunt if you're stuck on choosing the right Linux distro. However, you will still be presented with multiple options; even then, you have the choice of which desktop environment to choose. Now, more choice isn't inherently a bad thing, but it can be very daunting for Linux newcomers. So... Where do we go from here?
There is no one right answer for everybody. Every individual has their own needs. That being said, I'd like to tell you about the Linux distro that I believe is the best option for Linux newcomers, whether they opt to stick with it long-term or not: elementary OS.
Note: This guide currently only covers setup and installation for users with AMD graphics cards, as I lack Nvidia hardware to test with at this time.
Ah, video editing on Linux...
Many professional video editors would argue that the options we have available aren't quite up to the task, like Adobe Premiere or Final Cut Pro are.
As far as free and open source video editing software goes, we do have quite a few options. OpenShot, Kdenlive, Shotcut, and a newer one, Olive, just to name a few. All of them are absolutely usable, but perhaps not at the level that a more professional user would need. In my own experience, the most common issues with them are performance and stability (though, Kdenlive will have a new, refactored release soon, and Olive is very promising for performance).
So, maybe the FOSS options don't meet your needs. What else do we have available? Two of the most prominent, if not only options, are Lightworks and DaVinci Resolve. Lightworks has always felt weird to use for me, but if you're comfortable using it, then more power to you. However, I believe that DaVinci Resolve is much more intuitive and easy-to-use. So, for this guide, I'll be going over how to get DaVinci Resolve 15 up-and-running on elementary OS and Ubuntu, for users with AMD graphics cards (I'd like to cover Nvidia as well, but I currently lack the hardware to do so).
Recently, I synced my YouTube channel with LBRY, so most of my video content is now also available there. I like LBRY, because it's “a free, open, and community-run digital marketplace,” as they put it on their website. At first glance, it comes across as a decentralized alternative to platforms like YouTube, as most of what you'll see in the LBRY app is video content (although, I've also seen some FOSS games there recently). However, there's another free, open, and decentralized YouTube alternative you may be aware of: PeerTube.
PeerTube is built on ActivityPub, as part of the fediverse: there isn't just one single PeerTube server, but rather a number of separate servers that federate with one another. In other words, different servers can communicate with one another; content that's hosted on one server is accessible by users on another (provided that said server isn't blocked).
LBRY, on the other hand, is built on blockchain technology. I'm much less familiar with how it works, but from what I understand, content on the LBRY blockchain is distributed among every user, with no servers required.
In a previous blog post, Why I Use elementary OS, I went over the various aspects of elementary OS that I like, and why it has become my favorite operating system to use. However, I haven't talked about why I use Linux. Or, more accurately, Linux-based operating systems. Note that I'll be going over only desktop operating systems here, not mobile.
Let's start with why I don't use other platforms. Take macOS, for instance: Not only is the whole Apple ecosystem a walled garden, their products are also fairly expensive. A Mac tends to be much more expensive than non-Apple computers with similar specs. Honestly, though, if for some reason I had to choose between macOS and Windows, despite being much more familiar with the latter, I'd go with the former. Windows is just awful.
The latest version of elementary OS, 5.0 (codenamed Juno), has been fantastic since its debut back in October 2018. While the overall look and feel is the same as before, many aspects of the OS were further refined and pollished. All-in-all, Juno was a great release, however, like many things elementary, it wasn't without some bits of controversy.
A notable omission in 5.0 was support for application indicators (perhaps better known as “system tray icons”).