Welcome to the personal website of Michael Gorey. I'm a Bundaberg-based communications professional interested in photography, reading, history, politics and travel.
I've been running Linux Mint on my Surface Pro tablet for over a year now. It's a clean, easy-to-use free operating system that's simple to update and maintain.
At one point though I messed up the bootloader and lost access to my Windows 10 installation. I decided to go without Windows and dedicated the entire hard drive to Linux. This gave me plenty of space for photos, video and music.
Later I discovered Oracle VirtualBox and reinstalled Windows inside the Linux Mint host. It surprised me how easy this was and how well it worked.
This means I'm now running three of the main Linux flavours on my Microsoft device along with the latest Windows system. It's so much easier than dual boot.
Antergos is an interesting operating system that requires some hands-on terminal knowledge to tweak.
The community describes its purpose this way: "The purpose of Antergos is to provide a modern, elegant, and powerful operating system based on one of the best Linux distributions available, Arch Linux. Users need not be linux experts nor developers in order to use Antergos. From long-time linux users to linux users of only a few months, Antergos is for everyone."
The Arch rolling release package management keeps everything up to date, but I found some quirks that I haven't encountered with other distros. For instance I needed to delve into system files to set the locale and give myself root access.
Despite that, Antergos is now my favorite of the three Linux systems I'm running. The Numix theme gives it a fresh, clean, modern look.
It's the first operating system I've encountered where everything works in Evolution. This is the premier, integrated personal information management and email software on Linux. However, I've always struck niggling issues with Google integration.
Calendar and Contacts worked just fine with Antergos.
My 200GB hard drive is starting to get full, so I'm running a lightweight system given that Windows consumed 80GB, with just one major program in each category for heavy lifting.
Here's how the Antergos desktop looks with Evolution on a wide-screen monitor:
As for VirtualBox, I've had some issues with starting guest systems, especially after software and kernel upgrades. I've had to settle for using an old kernel to make everything work.
At least after updating to the latest version of VirtualBox the audio worked smoothly in all the guest systems.