Switching to opensuse from windows (on main laptop): Any advice to a semi experienced user?

Semi experienced user here, going to switch to opensuse on my main laptop after my exam perod is over on the 19th.
I am fairly experienced with opensuse, installing it on old laptops and running it as a server for hosting my personal nfs and smb shares…
I have always used windos on my main laptop purely because its what has come pre instaled and I have had preasure from family to keep it that way so they can also use it, they never do, for skype and other tasks like they dont own their own pc.
I am not going to completely nuke my own instal but I will just switch out my m.2 with a blank and install suse tumpleweed on that.
I am starting to prefer xfce over any other de because it fels a bt more leightweight and thoughtfully designed than kde or gnome but the lack of gesture support on trackpads may be an issue… does anyone have a different de to reccomend? (tried enlightenment and loved it so much but it was to buggy and I NEED reliability on my main laptop…)
does anyone have any advice for switching to linux full time?

Best wishes for this change.

I’m using linux almost all the time. I never did like Windows, though I still have Windows 8.1 on my main desktop.

I just ordered a new computer, which will come with Windows 11. So I’ll have to decide whether to nuke Windows, or just shrink it to leave as much space as possible for linux. I’ll probably nuke it. I am not hearing good reports about Windows 11.

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I am on KDE and never tried anything else because I did not need anything special. If gesture support on trackpads I would also try KDE and gnome and see what works. One DE is not really better then the other, yes some feel better but that is something you can get used to.

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thanks, I have had great experiences with kde but the settings app is a dealbreaker for me: it feels to full in a way without sensible navigation or feature sorting…

I also never really liked windows much, its always felt clunky and inconsistant at best… My main barrier for entry is software as I experiment with jailbreaking iphones and android rooting/bootloader trickery … Most of the tools are developed solely for windows, and older versions at that, which will make emulation completely useless. I have sole older hardware which I still plan to run windows on so there are alternatives however it will still be anoying to share various exes and firmware files over my low network…

If you are using Outlook for emails, install Thunderbird on Windows and get it to import all your emails from Outlook. Thunderbird will put them in a folder/file with a password-like name. When you transfer them to Linux, set up Thunderbird first and then change the name on the folder/file to match the one which Thunderbird has created for you in Linux.

Unless you are using Access or some very specialised software like Sibelius, there are now replacements for almost any Windows program - in fact our local Linux users group surveyed this over ten years ago and found this to be largely the case then.

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Microsoft Windows: Je n’avais pas besoin de cette nuisance. (“I didn’t need this nuisance”). Switch now.

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yep, I almost did start using sibelius but I switched to muscore last muinite which is great because it does the same stuff but much much worse and it supports linux… atleast its free

I do already use thunderbird and that will be helpfull but my main gripe is email passwords. I have an emal account registered under a provider where the main account, my fathers, shares the same password as mine and my siblings so I cannot know the password. It is a really stupid system because of its horific security but such the way it is with some services. Do you think its possable to also transfer my email accounts to thunderird on linux or is it all encrypted and not worth the hastle

My main gripe about software still is apple and logic pro x. I need it for school however it is imposable to virtualise with working audio and reasonable performance. I have used lmms and other free alternatives and they are great however some things I am not allowed t change because my profesor would not be very happy if I decided to spend eons porting my projects into a file he could not read on his computer

Oui, mais je fais des examens a l’ecole et jai besion d’un OS avec mes notes dessus car jai besion de reviser…

Hi, I just did exactly that switching from win to Linux. I tried several distros but ended here with openSuse Tumbleweed and KDE which I really love.

I started on a pc I did not use as my daily pc and got familiar with the installation and spent some time reading up and exploring/testing, then re-installed. I have been using Unix for some decade since, and Linux a little bit as well, but most forgotten.

I recommend you to explore included functionality before installing all kind of software. A lot is included, search.
I have tested a lot of different software and configurations and then re-installed fresh install when I started use this as my daily pc. After that I have done very little and installed only the software I need. When running into issues, I am very careful about running all kind of commands you will find on different forums, I start searching on openSuse official documentation.

When running into issues, don’t give up, solve step by step, write down what you do. Do not run all kind of commands you find on internet without understanding what they do, and also have considered alternatives, but by being prepared for re-installing after some time (takse me 1.5 hour to re-install all software and config), there is little to risk by exploring.

Windows and the from my point of view destroyed office package, is now fully out of my house and replaced with TW and Libre office. Finally I feel I own my PC again.


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Depending on what you need to do Lilypond with the Frescobaldi frontend can provide score writing.
Thunderbird relies on knowing the password in order to connect.
Again depending on what you need to do, I see that Logic Pro X can use MusicXML which you can export from MuseScore and Rosegarden. It might be worth checking Rosegarden against MuseScore to see if it better suits your needs.
Of course, the recipient using Logic Pro X will have to be happy to import the MusicXML files.

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yep, I might jsut leave all my music composition to my mac to simplify things and aviod having to lug arround midi controllers ect… Thanks anyway will definitely check out rosegarden and lilypond…

Backup your Windows User folders. Documents, Pictures, etc. Keep that backup for a while. You just might need it.

Once you get everything set just the way you like it on your new setup, do regular backups of your /home folder. I use rsync with the grsync gui front end. Just add the following to the Additional Options box --exclude .cache and you should be good. This makes it a quick and painless way to get regular backups of your files.

I do put a checkmark in the following options.
Preserve Time
Preserve Owner
Preserve Permissions
Preserve Group
Ignore Existing
Skip Newer
Always Checksum
Copy symlinks as symlinks
Copy hardlinks as hardlinks
Protect Remote Args
–exclude .cache

Good luck and have fun with openSUSE.

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yep, have an old m.2 nvme I will install opensuse on so my windows drive will remain in a safe and untouched for infinity… what are your opinions on a seperate partition for home… I have heard it is great for distrohopping but I dont really plan to do that and have somehow grown out of that phase. asside from that, it seems to only gove extra headaches with one partition bieng to small or filling up prematurely…

There are arguments for and against a separate /home partition. I have done it both ways. I tend to only separate them if I can put /home on another drive.