I bought a laptop recently. HP 14 A4 8GB 256GB SSD. It came with Windows 10 and was bundled with so many applications, I didn’t want to use. I tried to install it via PXE. But I couldn’t get that working. Finally, I decided to buy a USB drive and install Ubuntu.
I have to start with the installation. Ubuntu Desktop version has a minimal option. I would say that it is a brilliant option. It doesn’t bundle office or anything else I don’t want to use. If I want I can download them always. Ubuntu 20.04 has a lovely OEM splash screen. I usually turn off Plymouth, but I decided to leave it on just to see the beautiful OEM logo.
I installed Numix icons which is part of the main repository which is great again. Widely used applications are included in the main repository. I hate adding new repositories because it slows-down
apt update. I heard in a podcast that even Canonical is annoyed by PPAs.
I like the dark theme. So I didn’t install the Numix dark theme. But you might need to change the color scheme in the text editor if you switch to dark mode.
Overall I love Ubuntu! (Even though I use a Mac at work) Things have gotten much better and it is quite fun to use. Try the new version and spread the word!