Rummaging thru the shed I found an old Logictech QuickCam from 2005. I had tried it on my Windows10 laptop with no success, so I thought I’d give it a go on Linux. I only follow 2 steps from this tutorial, installing cheese and opening the cam in VLC.
It’s strange but this seams to be the case with some hardware. Microsoft maintains backwards compatibility, but not all hardware or software creators keep things up to date. Generally, Linux has a vast library of old drivers that still work with the modern kernel, and it’s developing a reputation on running on almost anything.
These are notes for myself, chronically my learn linux by doing experiences when moving to a Linux Distro, known as Pop OS. So after a bit of research to confirm I could keep using the software I use, I backed up my data and made the switch. The main reasons I choose Pop OS include;
Pop OS is a flavour of Ubuntu, which I’ve used before.
It has NVidia graphics card support,
And why not, really
There were a few changes out of the gate I needed to make to support what I usually use. And most of the list are available on Linux and a simple sudo apt install ... to get working, but there have been a few exceptions.
PyCharm for programming and teaching
Visual Studio Code for the same, but for work.
Notepad++, because I like it, but it did require WINE
Blender for 3D Animation, modelling and design
apt install blender
Ultimaker’s Cura for 3D printing
via the Pop Store
apt-get install krita
OBS for screen recording
apt install ffmpeg
apt install obs-studio
DaVinci resolve for video editing
Steam, and most of my Steam Library came over 🙂 or at least the important games, well the ones I go back to.
Via the Pop Store
Artemis, fun bridge simulator (via WINE)
Arkenforge, for local virtual tabletop. (also via WINE, but I’m still working out the bugs)
Just in case
Virtual Box for handling the few windows app that do not run natively on Linux 🙁 Mainly for Affinity Photo, Designer, & Publisher.
apt install virtualbox
The Affinity was installed on Windows 10 inside Virtual Box
First Steps & Hiccups
The first thing I did was install KDE (a windows like Desktop Environment) and Terminator (an improved terminal) apt install terminator apt install kde-standard
My mouse when buggy (well almost unusable), I found the drivers and with a apt install openrazer-meta the problem was solved.
Most of the software has been very easy to add, but as I found the solutions to the edge cases I’ll update things.
I’ve taken a break updating this blog over the summer to work on some personal side projects. Updating a wiki, working on an eCommerce website and a chess-like ranking system has meant I have not had too much spare time to waffle on here.