Spot the difference


I am using a couple of operation systems, but I also like consistency. To illustrate that, here's a showcase of my desktops.

The Windows 10 desktop. No icons on the desktop itself, all the frequently used applications are pinned to the taskbar.

For the record: I have a license for my Windows installation. I purchased it for Windows 8 and updated my installation first to 8.1 and then to 10. And yes, I need to use it, since some work-related applications are exclusive to Windows and fail to run in Wine.

Elementary OS 0.4.1 "Loki". This is the original source of the wallpaper, by the way. You can download it, if you wish (with all the other wallpapers of Loki) – it is one of the official wallpapers of Loki. No icons on the desktop, the most frequently used applications' launchers are placed on the dock. Everything else is accessible via the Applications menu.

Sadly, Elementary OS will not make it to my desktop PC since the constant issues with my graphic card. What a pity.

My netbook, running Xubuntu 16.04 ("Xenial Xerus") LTS. Now, this is a special one. This is a Samsung N210 netbook, a rather old one, with a processor of 1.66 GHz and 1024 MB DDR2 RAM. Basically all modern operating systems fail to run smoothly – except for barebone Debian, Linux Lite and Xubuntu. Again, the desktop is empty – I have a Plank dock installed (which is the simplest, fastest dock that I know) with Midori, Terminal and Mousepad. And that's it.

I use this guy mostly for writing (I write almost exclusively in Markdown) and browsing; with launching only Plank and the NextCloud client on startup, this bastard is a perfect read/write machine for me.

This is very recent, a Manjaro Linux 17.0.1 ("Gellivara") XFCE Edition. Probably you do realize the similarities by now: clean desktop, Plank dock, everything else can be accessed via the Whisker menu.

I am still learning Manjaro, but I am already confident enough to use it "in production" on my desktop PC.

And yes – since I found this wallpaper, I am absolutely in love with it.


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