LagerDrinker wrote:What should I be using for Flash? The adobe plugin or is there something better?
Flash on Linux at 11.2, but they have a partnership with Google. So the only way to get the latest is to use Chrome
. (You want the .deb
file -- think of it like a Windows .msi
It sounds like Candy Crush uses Flash's hardware acceleration, so getting the latest graphics drivers could help. (This could be a circus, for the same reason: they're not open source.)
The normal mode of installing software in Linux is to use built-in tools that download it from a central "repository" of curated (for security and stability) programs and libraries. Hence, "distro" -- the infrastructure for collecting, compiling, maintaining, verifying, and making available ("distribution") over the web. You could do all that yourself, but you'd never have any free time.
Those built-in tools ("pacakge manager") install, remove, and upgrade all
your software for you. (This is possible because it's open source, or its license allows redistribution, or the vendor -- you trust them, right? -- took the time to set up a proper repository.) In this respect, the OS encompasses everything you can install, not just default programs and low-level "guts."
Contrast with Windows, which only knows how to update itself. Programs count on you to get check for new versions at their website, or else sneak annoying upgrade reminders into the taskbar.
The downside is headaches with hardware and proprietary drivers. They're getting fewer all the time, but it's a bad day when your new sound or video or network won't act right. I'm a fan of a script called "sgfxi
" that takes care of nvidia drivers for me.
Was I doing something wrong and there is actually a more user friendly way of installing things?
Most things. Thunderbird and Pidgin and VLC and Dropbox and LibreOffice and Shotwell and Clementine... and even Steam, now... but Flash isn't one of them.
Any comments on whether I've got that bit about right would be appreciated.
You'll never need a 32 GB root. I'd suggest 8 for a normal user, or 10 with multiple desktop environments (most of it will be /usr
). But /home
should be as large as possible, and on its own partition.
I can't comment on the merits of putting /boot
on separate partitions with an SSD.
You might find it convenient for dual-booting or network shares to dedicate yet another partition, ntfs formatted, to data. (music, movies, books, ...)