Good summary at link below graphic about the different “official flavors” of Ubuntu. Additionally, there are about 35 or 40 “unofficial” versions of Ubuntu (for example, Linux Lite).
The article is well written with many graphics to explain this concept further.
I tested out Ubuntu 18.04 on a thumbdrive and while using the Demo mode I was able to find the correct linux drivers for my Epson Work Force Pro 4350 Printer. I was able to successfully print a test page. It worked! So, the next day I went ahead and installed Ubuntu 18.04, without doing it in a dual boot configuration. I was then able to encrypt the hard drive and off I went.
I used Unix professionally years ago, but I only knew a handful of commands, now I have so much more to learn. I feel like a kid in a candy store again. I have the same laptop – Lenovo Flex 5 Ideapad 1570, but it loads in less than half the time and the battery life has definitely been extended from the Windows 10 time frame it used to have.
I also have a lot more “standard” apps installed that let me do things like:
Write your own music sheets
Create your own multi track music
Create your own movies and include subtitles
Add special effects to your projects
Graphic design apps to read e-books and create animations
And it has LibreOffice installed
Because I have worked with the Windows OS in so many different versions over the years it has grown very stale with me, and the pricing really sucks.
I used Unix professionally years ago, but I only knew a handful of commands, now I have so much more to learn.
So, who’s next?
My registered copy of Ccleaner is counting down the days until it expires. Really … it pops up a little notice, daily. So I clicked on the purchase button .. and they want $24.95 for 1 computer for 1 year. Seemed a little pricey … so did some Googling. Piriform is offering a Black Friday special – until Nov 30 – for the same program priced at $12.47 per copy.
visit . . www.ccleaner.com/black-friday
These kind of post-install “tweaks” articles are routinely available for all Linux distributions . . . Ubuntu based, Mint, Suse, Fedora, etc. Makes it fun and simple to improve your base install.
Here’s the post pertaining to elementary OS . . . perhaps the winner in the “great looking” desktop (ok, a tie with Mac OS).
It’s FOSS . . Tweaking your new Elementary OS install
Some great sales if you’re in need of these items and/or services:
Black Friday Deals c/o “It’s FOSS”
For our Raspberry Pi users, a new iso is available to run your Pi. Based on LXDE desktop, and requires only 1 gb to run fast!
Only do this if you’re used to testing software (or have time to learn AND have a testing PC or dedicated partition for testing)
OMG Ubuntu! article re daily builds