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I just installed Linux mint. I'm loving it. I always used Windows. Which packages should I install or what should I do with it that Windows or other OS can't do?

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    Loved my mint too. until I got my ryzen cpu and everything went downhill. Windows user since May
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    Photoshop... oh wait
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    @JhonDoe I got it on an old hp and I love it. Really fun and easy to customize
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    Get "thefuck"
    It fixes your previous commands and mistakes in them. Also stay away from vi or vim and always stick to nano
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    @shoop why should I stay away from it? ;p
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    @thatguyatwork vim and vi are text editors that are notoriously hard and confusing. E.g to delete characters backspace doesn't work, you have to type in a command every time.
    Nano is a nice compact text editor with a working backspace which is super easy to manipulate and use by using ctrl- and alt- combinations
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    The strongest part of Linux is customization. You can change almost anything, if you know what you are doing.

    The terminal is also a strong part of it. Zsh + oh-my-zsh is incredible usefull if you use it too much.

    About vim, Emacs or nano, do not just discard them. I used to love nano until I learn Vim, now I want to use its keybinds everywhere.

    Take your time using it, try to find things that might interest you and keep learning. :)

    Just as in Windows or Mac, you will have a lot of good and bad surprises.
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    @shoop vi and vim are not that hard to learn.
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    @M1sf3t they aren't hard to learn but they are unnecessarily complicated
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    @shoop I already know some basic vi but true in the beginning it is hard sometimes :)
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    @shoop whats unnecessarily complicated is constantly reaching for the mouse or stretching out my pinky finger while i remember which combination of other buttons i need to press at the same time. With vim and vi i have to press one button for any primary action, evenly dispersed across the keyboard, many of which even labeled by the first letter of the command
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    @M1sf3t nano doesn't need a mouse, and how are you expecting to use a program witheru using a ctrl or alt?
    With vim im not really enjoying pressing Esc and tapping x until I delete what I need
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    @shoop oh that, yea my caps lock key is mapped to esc. Honestly i don't remember much about nano i was just assuming it was like most others where you have to hold shift, cmd/ctrl, plus another button to do basic things like select a word or copy and paste
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    Install Docker in Linux. Docker4Win is an abomination. Btw went to Mint about 6 month ago. Will never go back. VS Code as IDE is all you need.
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    Some stuff I use on my uBuNtU mAtE (sorry Arch, I got nvidia graphics and I want my system stable)

    - VS Code

    - Virtual Box (kali and win10, with iommu enabled- works like a charm:)

    - the fuck (!)

    - tmux (!)

    - (specific utilities) binwalk, binutils, iptables or ufw

    - Redshift (!)

    - Flameshot (!)

    - Insomnia Rest Client

    - Sqlworkbench (not the mysql one), sqlite browser

    - Telegram, Discord, Steam, Spotify (need to disconnect before starting, their nix binary is bugged)

    - MultiMC :)
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    @M1sf3t as far as I remember, it is like the old Wordstar: Ctrl + K, Q etc.

    I use the "jk" mapped to ESC, but I liked this idea to use caps lock!
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    @brunofontes yea I picked it up from some article I found when I was learning. I already had sticky keys enabled so it wasn't really a loss to not have caps lock. And think there's a way to highlight and make the word all caps in vim anyway.

    Two button combinations wouldn't be as bad as some of the other editors I've used, but it still requires me to shift my hand positions. My pinky fingers do this weird thing to where they're either fully extended or completely curled, I don't have a lot of control in between. Great for guitar and piano keyboards, sucks for just about anything else.
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    @shoop sorry bit you're wrong, to backspace in vim you just have to press backspace
    As long as you're in insert mode
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    Check out mint's desklet and applet. Few of them are useful or cool to have.
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    @M1sf3t Well, my hands are very small, so using the pinky fingers to hold Ctrl is not very comfortable as well. But mostly, Ctrl shortcuts asks us to move our hands from a comfortable position into a weird one, just to press a key combination and the other programs do not have all the cool stuff as removing the entire text between tags at once.
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    @j4cobgarby tried, it just moves the cursor to the left
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    @shoop in text insert mode, like after you press the i key to start typing. you can press x when your in the default mode, but it works like the delete key.

    To delete a word its de or dw depending on whether you want to delete all the way up to end of the word or if you want to delete the word and all the space up to the next word.
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    @M1sf3t how do I type x then and why didn't the devs just use backspace
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    @shoop you just type x when you not in insert mode. I'm not really sure y they didn't make the backspace key delete a character when it's in the primary mode.

    Pressing h does the same thing as backspace. Pressing d+backspace will delete a character backwards but so would dh.

    I never use either though. Either x or I hit R because I'm about to replace it. Unless its just a typo that I caught while typing, but like we said, when your in insert mode backspace works as it usually would.
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    Personally a big fan of Terminator and Shutter!
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    @shoop nano is very basic bro. Just see how customisable vim is!
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    @-pthread just like nano! You can get packages, themes and everything else you even wanted for it!
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