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Challenge Accepted: An Adventure in Linux Part 2

Posted on February 8, 2019 by EllMarquezEllMarquez

Day One- I already cheated.

I am 24 hours into the first day of the challenge, and I may have already cheated. Jason’s challenge says to:

“ Explore the curated AppCenter and the bundled software to get all of your working and playing done. For email, for music, for coding, for gaming, for whatever.”

I did this and then gave up after I couldn’t find Slack. When I can’t do what I want via the GUI, my first instinct is to go to the command line and what’s Linux if I can’t just use the command line? As Elementary is an Ubuntu-based operating system, I went ahead and installed the repositories needed to be able to install packages through using Snapd.

sudo apt install snapd

Setting up my system was then as easy as:

Sudo snap install slack --classic

Then I confirmed it worked and we were up and running!

I am going to go with I am still honoring the point of the challenge and that’s to give an honest try to the OS; it’s a Linux, so that means having the benefit of having access to a command line.

One week down:

One week into this challenge and I must say that I have been enjoying this experience. Though the shortcuts configured for Elementary OS have given me a bit of a trying time.

I know that in an ideal world every operating system would magically be configured in the exact way that we wanted right from install. However, as we all have different workflows, this may be an unrealistic hope. Once I incorporate the shortcuts into my workflow, I am sure I will enjoy a smooth transition between workspaces and applications overall. If you are following along on the Elementary OS challenge, I would recommend that you take some time to read over the workspace documentation. Over the last week, I have made quite a few changes regarding which hotkeys I am using and adjusting what actions hot-corners will be configured to perform. I am enjoying the experience and can already say I have noticed an increase in my productivity.


1) Peripherals: One problem that I am currently having, and would love to see if someone knows a possible solution, is the ability to move my laptop from one location to another as the tech gods intended. Currently, I have a hub setup running my monitor, keyboard, and mouse which I connect to my computer. If I disconnect from the setup and move to work somewhere else, I have issues getting the computer to register a new monitor. Then if I come back, the computer will no longer register the keyboard or the mouse.
Solution: Currently I am shutting down every time I need to transition. I’m sure there has to be an easier solution that I have not found yet, so if you know one, please comment below!

2) Bluetooth: Maybe this counts as a peripheral issue? My day to day headphones is a pair of Brookstone cat ear headphones.

I love them dearly and would change OS before I changed headphones. So imagine my dismay when I could not get them to pair. I tried turning them off and on again, ensuring that they were not paired with any other devices and even going outside and away from other Bluetooth devices just to make sure there was no interference (I was getting desperate) all to no avail.
Solution: I took to Google, and it seems I am not alone in this issue and the common recommendation is to install Blueman. It did the job…kind of?

3) Audio quality: This might still count as peripheral issues. My headphones work, I can hear sound, but it sounds like I have speakers running in a metal trash can. It’s awful! For this one, I’m not even sure where to start troubleshooting! I have connected a pair of wired headphones, and the audio quality is as expected. I have paired the kitty headphones with other devices, and the quality is as expected. The next step, I would imagine, has to be to buy another pair of Bluetooth headphones to see if I have the same issue but I don’t want to spend the funds so if anyone has further ideas on what the issue could be I’d love to hear them!

  • 3a) Audio input: Seeing a theme yet? The laptop’s internal microphone is playing well with the operating system. However, working here at Linux Academy often requires that we use recording studio quality equipment to ensure that you fine folks can understand everything we are saying. The external microphone I need to use has drivers for Windows and is plug-and-play on a mac, but my question is, how do I use it with Linux? Well, that’s a good question, and hopefully, I will be able to add a solution to this issue on week two of this challenge.

Week two:

As week two has come to an end I really wish I would have had longer to spend with Elementary OS as I am unsure if two weeks is enough time to be able to spend getting to know the ends and outs of an operating system. However Jason has decided it’s time for the next OS challenge and this one will allow me to go back to some unfinished business.

Want to join in the fun!? The rules are simple” ” ditch Windows, macOS or your current Linux OS of choice and exclusively use openSUSE Tumbleweed for two weeks. ” Then make sure to stay in touch with me @ell_o_punk and Jason @killyourfm about how your journey is going.


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