30 Things to Do After Installing Debian 10

Debian 10 is a great desktop distro but you need to spend quite some time to configure it for the best desktop experience possible. Luckily, I have collected all the possible things you can do after installing Debian 10.


  1. Fix CD-ROM error
  2. Switch to the fastest repository mirror
  3. Add contrib and non-free repositories
  4. Switch to Xorg
  5. Return minimize button
  6. Install Synaptic
  7. Install microcode
  8. Install build-essential
  9. Install Drivers
  10. Install Restricted-extras packages
  11. Install VLC
  12. Install and configure Firewall
  13. Install backup program
  14. Configure Swappiness
  15. Speed up the boot time
  16. Enable Drive Cache
  17. Xkill shortcut
  18. Ctrl+Alt+T to open Terminal
  19. Enable GNOME extensions
  20. Install Desktop icons extension
  21. Install additional themes
  22. Add user image
  23. Change LibreOffice look
  24. Add Files bookmarks
  25. Enable Tray icons
  26. Enable Night Light
  27. Firefox settings
  28. Enable Snap and FlatPak Support
  29. Extend the battery life for Laptops
  30. Remove unnecessary apps


1. Fix CD-ROM error

This fix is needed only for those who installed Debian from a DVD. Because after you installed Debian from a DVD, you will get the error “the repository cdrom does not have a release file” every time you try to update your system:

Debian 10 ERROR: the repository cdrom does not have a release file

To fix this error, open the Software and Updates application and in the Other Software tab, disable CDROM repository:

disable CDROM repository in Debian 10

Now, the CDROM error is fixed and you should be able to refresh the repositories and update your system without problems.

sudo apt update
sudo apt upgrade

2. Switch to the fastest repository mirror

You can switch to the fastest repository mirror to download the updates from a server that is physically closer to your location. To that end, open the Software and Updates application → Debian SoftwareDownload fromOtherSelected the best server:

Looking for the fastest repository mirror in Debian 10

And Debian will automatically find the fastest server in your location. Select it and close without reloading the repositories.

Now, update the repositories through the terminal:

sudo apt update

If you see the error: The repository XXX doesn’t have a Release file:

Debian 10 ERROR: The repository XXX doesn't have a Release file

It means your local mirror doesn’t have a security repository. To fix this, open the sources list:

sudo nano /etc/apt/sources.list

And replace the address in the lines containing buster/updates with the default security repository: http://security.debian.org/debian-security/:

Returning the default security repository of Debian 10

Press Ctrl+O and Enter to save the changes and Ctrl+O and Enter to exit Nano. Update the repositories again to make sure the error has disappeared:

sudo apt update

If everything works fine, you will now receive all the updates from the local mirror and the security updates from the main server.

3. Add contrib and non-free repositories

Contrib and non-free repositories include many useful packages that are not available in the Debian default repositories. For example, Dropbox, some codes, Nvidia drivers and many others. To add contrib and non-free repositories, activate them in Software and Updates application:

Adding contrib and non-free repositories in Debian 10

And reload the information about the available repositories:

Reload the repositories information

Now, you will have access to almost all popular programs on Linux. Just search for them on the Software Center.

4. Switch to Xorg

Wayland is the default display server in Debian. It has many performance benefits but it is still relatively new and some apps do not work in Wayland. For example, in my Debian 10 review, I showed that Synaptic, SimpleScreenRecorder, and Color picker do not work with Wayland. I need these apps and to make them work I switched to Xorg by selecting System X11 default in the login screen:

Selecting Xorg in the login screen of Debian 10

To find out what display server you are running, use this command:

ps -e | grep tty

Linux command to find out what display server you are running

5. Return minimize button

I like minimalism but only until it doesn’t compromise the functionality and comfort. Removing the minimize button does affect my comfort. So, to return it back.

To that end, I open Tweaks, luckily unlike Ubuntu Debian 10 has Tweaks installed by default, and in the Windows Titlebars, enable it:

Returning minimize button in Debian 10

You can also enable the maximize button there, but I prefer to use double click on the titlebar to maximize my windows.

6. Install Synaptic

Synaptic is an old school graphical package manager but it’s proven by time. It is extremely reliable and very powerful. Using Synaptic, you can find and install many libraries and packages that are not visible in the Software Center. For example, you will find microcode packages in Synaptic, but not in the Software Center. Of course, Synaptic is not as pretty as the Software Center but it is user-friendlier than the command line.

Synaptic in Debian 10

You can find and install Synaptic through the Software Center or run:

sudo apt install synaptic

7. Install microcode

Microcode is a CPU firmware that controls how a processor works. It is better to have the latest microcode for stability and security of the system. So, by installing microcode you ensure you receive the microcode updates.

This is where Synaptic becomes handy. Search for microcode in Synaptic and install either Intel or AMD microcode depending on the type of your processor:

Intel and AMD microcode in Synaptic

8. Install build-essential

At this step, I recommend installing the packages essential for compilation and installation of some programs. It is better to install them early and forget. You can install them with this command:

sudo apt install build-essential dkms linux-headers-$(uname -r)

9. Install Drivers

Likely, your Debian works fine with the opensource drivers (nouveau for Nvidia, and amdgpu for AMD). If it is the case, you probably even do not need to install proprietary drivers. However, if you experience some graphical problems, installing proprietary drivers, may fix these problems.

Nvidia driver

If you have an Nvidia card, you first need to check what driver is required for your system. To do that, install nvidia-detect:

sudo apt install nvidia-detect

And run it:

sudo nvidia-detect

Most likely, you will see that you need the nvidia-driver package:

nvidia-detect suggests to install nvidia-driver

So, install it:

sudo apt install nvidia-driver

After the reboot, your proprietary Nvidia driver should be activated. You can tweak it through the nvidia-settings:



AMD cards are more likely to work out of the box with the free driver. If it is not the case, you can install a non-free driver. You just need to install the non-free AMD firmware and some Mesa packages:

sudo apt install firmware-linux firmware-linux-nonfree libdrm-amdgpu1 xserver-xorg-video-amdgpu

Hopefully, you will get better AMD performance after this.

If you play games on your Debian machine, it is also worth enabling Vulkan support by installing these packages:

sudo apt install mesa-vulkan-drivers libvulkan1 vulkan-tools vulkan-utils vulkan-validationlayers

Finally, if you are going to use OpenCL, install all Mesa OpenCL:

sudo apt install mesa-opencl-icd

Reboot your system and you should see the improvements in your AMD graphics performance if it was not great before. To tweak your AMD graphics, use the AMD catalyst settings:


10. Install Restricted-extras packages

In Ubuntu, you can install all restricted packages such as codes, Microsoft fonts and rar archive support with the ubuntu-restricted-extra package. Unfortunately, this package does not exist in Debian. But you still can install all these restricted-extras packages with this command:

sudo apt install ttf-mscorefonts-installer rar unrar libavcodec-extra gstreamer1.0-libav gstreamer1.0-plugins-ugly gstreamer1.0-vaapi

11. Install VLC

To be sure you will be able to play any video format, I recommend installing VLC. It usually supports more video formats and it is also more configurable and powerful than GNOME Videos app. For example, I showed in one of my previous posts how you can use VLC to extract frames from a video.

VLC in Debian 10

12. Install and configure Firewall

I have already talked about why I believe it is better to have a firewall on Linux. So, I won’t go into this discussion again. I usually recommend using UFW as it is the simplest firewall on Linux and yet it is sufficient for most users.

You can also try to run GUFW, which is a graphical interface of ufw and it makes all these operations easier. But it was very slow and was mostly unresponsive on my Debian 10 installation. Let me know if it worked fine for you.

Enable UFW

To enable UFW in Debian 10, you need to install it:

sudo apt install ufw

Activate it:

sudo ufw enable

And check its status:

sudo ufw status verbose

The default rules - to deny incoming and allow outgoing - works fine for most users.

Edit UFW rules

If you need to open some ports, you can use the application name. To see the available names, run this command:

sudo ufw app list

And then open a port for the desired app. For example, to open an SSH port, run:

sudo ufw allow ssh

You can also use the port number (SSH port number is 22):

sudo ufw allow 22/tcp

If you want to delete some rules. Find out the rule number:

sudo ufw status numbered

And delete it:

sudo ufw delete 1

13. Install backup program

I was surprised to see that Debian doesn’t install any backup program by default. Even rsync is not installed:

no rsync in Debian 10

Luckily, there are several backup programs you can choose from in the Software Center:

backup programs in Software Center

I recommend installing Grsync. It is a simple and yet powerful graphical backup program. I reviewed Grsync and LuckyBackUp in my Linux Backup with Graphical Programs post.

14. Configure Swappiness

Swappiness is 60 by default which is fine in most cases. But if you decrease this number, your system will use RAM more and start writing to Swap much later. Swap is an actual disk space and it is much slower than RAM. If you have 8G or more of RAM, you can force your system to use it at maximum.

First, check your swappiness value:

cat /proc/sys/vm/swappiness

Open the /etc/sysctl.conf file with Nano:

sudo nano /etc/sysctl.conf

And add vm.swappiness = 10 at the very end of this file:

Adding vm.swappiness to /etc/sysctl.conf

Press Ctrl+O to save the changed and Ctrl+X to exit Nano.

Reboot your system and you will see swappiness value of 10:

Swappiness = 10

I believe you will also see that your system doesn’t slow down until it almost completely fills the RAM.

15. Speed up the boot time

When you start Debian 10, you see this GRUB screen:

GRUB screen in Debian 10

It may be useful if you multi-boot with other systems but if Debian is the only system on your computer, you can disable this delay and start booting Debian right away without waiting for 5 seconds.

To that end, you need to edit the GRUB configuration file:

sudo nano /etc/default/grub

And set GRUB_TIMEOUT to 0:

Setting GRUB timeout to 0

Then update GRUB:

sudo update-grub

Reboot and your Debian 10 will boot without the 5 seconds delay.

16. Enable Drive Cache

Another way to gain some performance boost for your system is to enable Drive cache. Usually, the program waits until the data is written to the disk before it goes to the next step. You can disable this delay.

Open the Disks application → Select the drive where you have your Debian 10 system installed → Open the Drive Settings from the Disks menu → in the Write cache tab, enable Drive Cache.

Enabling Drive Cache

You will also see the warning that there is a small risk of losing data if your computer experiences a power outage. But it never happened to me and I believe the performance improvement is worth taking the risk especially if you use a slow hard drive.

17. Xkill shortcut

This is a must-have on any system. When some application is not responding, you can kill it with the Ctrl+Alt+Esc shortcut. Pressing Ctrl+Alt+Esc will turn your cursor into a cross and when you click with it in on any application, it will be killed:

Xkill in action

To enable this shortcut, open the Settings → Devices → Keyboard → Add new shortcut. Type xkill in the name and command and set Ctrl+Alt+Esc as a shortcut.

setting xkill shortcut

Now, whenever some application misbehaves, you can quickly kill it with Ctrl+Alt+Esc.

18. Ctrl+Alt+T to open Terminal

I also advise setting the Ctrl+Alt+T shortcut to open the Terminal Emulator. Similarly, to how you set xkill shortcut, add a new shortcut in Settings → Devices → Keyboard → Add new shortcut. Name it Open Terminal and type gnome-terminal as a command. To set the shortcut, press Ctrl+Alt+T.

setting Terminal shortcut

Now, accessing the terminal is only a matter of pressing these three keys - Ctrl+Alt+T.

19. Enable GNOME extensions

GNOME is a minimal and limited in functionality desktop. But it can be improved and changed to an unrecognizable state with GNOME extensions. So, let’s enable them.

You can access some GNOME Extensions through the Software Center. But it is better to configure direct installation from the GNOME website as there are more extensions.

To that end, make sure you have the chrome-gnome-shell package installed:

sudo apt install chrome-gnome-shell

Then, go to the GNOME Extension website and you will be offered to install the GNOME Shell integration add-on. Do that.

Installing GNOME Shell integration add-on

After the installation, open the page of any GNOME Shell extension and you will see the on/off button. You can use it to install the GNOME Shell extensions right from the browser.

Installing GNOME Shell extension

There are many extensions you can try. Just do not make a Christmas tree from your system.

20. Install Desktop icons extension

Speaking about extensions, I believe many of you will find useful the Desktop icons extension. By default, the Debian 10 desktop is empty and you cannot add any icons, create folders or links here. After you install the Desktop icons extension, such functionality will be available.

Desktop icons Shell extension is enabled

Install the Desktop icons extension from the GNOME Extension website.

21. Install additional themes

You won’t find many themes in Debian 10 by default but most likely you would like to customize your desktop. To look, for example, like in these screenshots:

Customized GNOME desktop

To install additional themes in Debian 10, you first need to fix the issue “Shell user-theme extension not enabled”:

Shell user-theme extension not enabled

To fix it, installing the User Themes extension from the Software Center:

Installing the User Theme extension

Now, you should be able to install custom themes in your Debian 10 system.

Search for the theme you like on gnome-look.org and install it. For example, let’s install the Orchis gtk theme:

You need to download it from the File tab. Then extract the archive with the right mouse click and move the extracted folder to .themes folder in your home directory. You can use the Ctrl+H shortcut to see the hidden files that start with a dot in your home directory. If you do not have the .themes folder, create it.

the .themes folder

Orchis theme is recommended to install with the Tela icons theme. You can also download it, extract and move the content of the Tela folder to the .icons folder. Again, if you do not find the .icons folder in your home directory, create it.

When your Orchis folder inside the .themes and Tela folders is in .icons. Open Tweaks → Appearance → select Orchis for applications and Shell and Tela in icons. You can also change the wallpaper and your Debian 10 desktop will look like this:

Orchis themes and Tela in icons in Debian 10

Following the same procedure, you can install most of the other themes from gnome-look.org. If you want to learn more about the options to get a custom GNOME theme, read my post on Ubuntu GNOME customization. Everything described in that post will work in Debian 10 GNOME too.

22. Add user image

This is trivial but let’s do it to complete the desktop theming. Go to Account Settings and set your user image. This will make your system more personal and more beautiful.

Adding user image

23. Change LibreOffice look

To complete the theme settings, I also recommend adjusting the look of LibreOffice.

Single Toolbar in LibreOffice

I believe a single toolbar has all essential tools of LibreOffice and you have more vertical space. This is especially helpful on small screens.

To get the Single panel look, go to View → Toolbar Layout → Single Toolbar.

LibreOffice Icons style

I also like a little more a non-default icons style in LibreOffice. To change the icons, open Tools → Options → View → Style. I like Colibre icons.

The final result looks like this:

Colibre icons in LibreOffice

24. Add Files bookmarks

In the Files file manager, you can quickly access some of the folders from your home directory on the left panel. For example, Documents, Downloads, Music, etc. But what if you want to add a custom bookmark there. You can do that!

Navigate to the folder you want to bookmark and press Ctrl+D or select to bookmark it from the folder menu:

bookmark folder in Files

Now, you can bookmark and quickly access your favorite folders from the left panel of File.

Unfortunately, I was not able to find how to reorder these custom bookmarks to place them among the default bookmarks. If you know how to do that, please let me know in the comments.

25. Enable Tray icons

Many of the third-party apps such as Dropbox, Skype, and others, do not show up in the tray by default. I believe it is very convenient to see those icons there. So, to enable such functionality, install TopIcons Plus extension from the GNOME extensions webpage.

Installing TopIcons Plus extension

You should see your tray icons appearing in the top panel. If you do not see them, try log out and log in.

Tray icons in Debian 10

If the third-party icons are located in the center, you can open the settings of TopIcons Plus extension in Tweaks and move them to the right.

TopIcons Plus settings

26. Enable Night Light

Night Light will reduce the amount of blue light on your screen at night time which is better for your eyes and sleep. This is a build-in feature since GNOME 3.24.

To activate it, go to Settings → Devices → Display → and set Night Light on.

Enabling Night Light in Debian 10

27. Firefox settings

Restore previous session

I like my Firefox to open the same tabs which I had open last time when I closed it. It saves a lot of time.

To enable this feature, open the Firefox Preferences and activate Restore previous session:

Restore previous session option in Firefox

To test it, open several tabs and close Firefox. When you open it again, it will start with the same tabs you had last time.

DRM support

You can also enable DRM support in the settings. This will allow you to play DRM-controlled content such as Netflix videos, for example.

DRM support in Firefox

Firefox Shell integration

If you followed the previous things to do after installing Debian 10, you should already have the GNOME Shell integration add-on installed in Firefox. If it is not the case, search for it in the Firefox add-ons web-page and install it.

GNOME Shell integration add-on

Extend the Address/Search bar

I also prefer to remove the empty spaces from the sides of the Address/Search bar. To do that, right-click on the Firefox top-panel and select Customize and drag the empty spaces from the top-panel. This will extend the search/address bar of Firefox:

Extend Firefox Address/Search bar

28. Enable Snap and FlatPak Support

Snap and Flatpak programs are distribution-agnostic, so you can install any version of a Snap or Flatpak programs and do not worry about lack or conflict of dependencies.

To enable Snap and Flatpak support in Debian 10, open the Software Center and search for Gnome Software. Select it and scroll down. You will find Snap and Flatpak in the addons bar. Enable either of them or both.

Enable Snap and FlatPak Support in Debian 10

Restart the Software Center, and test Snap and Flatpak installation by searching for a Snap or Flatpak program and installing it. You use Kdenlive as an example. You will find two versions of Kdenlive and one of them will be a Snap package. The information about the origin of a program is provided in the package properties.

Kdenlive Snap

29. Extend the battery life for Laptops

If you run Debian on a laptop, you can get some extra batter time by installing the TLP power management tools. This tool provides the power settings that are optimized for battery life.

sudo apt install tlp

After the installation reboot and you will find the TLP process active.

sudo systemctl status tlp

TLP power management tool is active

30. Remove unnecessary apps

Luckily, Debian 10 GNOME doesn’t come with too much clutter. However, there are still some programs you may want to remove. There are two ways to do that.

First, open the Software Center and in the Installed tab, you will see all major programs installed on your system . Remove those you are not going to use. I usually removed all the games.

Software Center Installed tab

If you want to go even further, you can open Synaptic, go to the Status section and select to show only Installed programs. And start cleaning.

Be careful not to remove programs that are vital for your system. For example, I do not need a Bluetooth app, because I do not have Bluetooth. But removing it will remove the whole GNOME desktop.

Removing bluez

So, you might damage your system by removing some programs from the Synaptic installed section, if you do not know what you are doing. Be careful!

Your thought?

I hope you find these 30 things to do after installing Debian 10 useful. Let me know if you would add something to this list. The comments section is below. Thank you for reading.

Please consider supporting this project:

Become a patron Buy me a coffeeBuy me a coffee Shop on Amazon Buy Linux Laptop Build Linux PC BTC: 1CfCLTYCqqDfYbngcvQtEav3n7SMZihfSS

Average Linux User
Average Linux User I am the founder of the Average Linux User project, which is a hobby I work on at night. During the day I am a scientist who uses computers to analyze genetic data.



Your article/youtube information is excellent. I run debian buster gnome and have a SSD with ext4 format. My understanding is trim is not enabled after install. Should there be a 31st thing to do? Is there a way to configure periodic trim function?


Hi ALU, Thanks for all your inputs on various subjects. Please consider an article on lmde 4, they are very scares on the web, Greetings John from Durban, South Africa

Average Linux User

Average Linux User

Hi John, Thanks for your request. I prefer to use pure Debian and many users seems to do the same. According to my research, the use-base of LMDE is very small. I write (make videos) about something what I am interested and what is popular. LMDE doesn’t fall into this category at the moment.


“24. Add Files bookmarks …Unfortunately, I was not able to find how to reorder these custom bookmarks to place them among the default bookmarks. If you know how to do that, please let me know in the comments.” Go to the folder in Bookmarks, right click: remove

Jim Anderson

Wow. I brought your web page up and it looked like it would really help. It was, but it also wasted a lot of time.

I installed Debian 10 to try it out and found the minimize and maximize buttons are not on the windows. I found your webpage and I started reading. What I found was the the names that you use for applications, windows, etc, do not match up with what I see in Debian 10. It took a while for me to figure out your references. My guess is I wasted roughly an hour trying to match what you say with what I found on Debian 10.

Let me note that I am a very experience programmer and have been using computers since the 1960’s, but I am new to Debian 10. Being new to the distribution, I am not at all aware of the applicatons available and how to find them.

Anyway, I suggest that you review your webpage and consider changing your references to applications and tabs to something like:

Activities --> Software Applications --> Software & Updates --> Updates(tab) --> whatever

I think this will help newbies to Debian 10 to find your referenced locations.

or example, item 1, “1. Fix CD-ROM error”, you refer to “Software and Updates application”. And just where is that?

I tried clicking on ‘Activities’ in the upper right of the main window and a tool bar appeared on the left of the screen. I found “Software” and clicked on that and wasted maybe 10 minutes searching for what you said to look for next. No luck. After about another 10 minutes of experimenting, I tried clicking on Activities –> Show Applications. There I found “Software and Updates”. The line below would have been very helpful.

Activities –> Show Applications –> Software & Updates

In item 5, you mention ‘Tweaks’. This time I only wasted a minute or two and figured out that you meant:

Activities –> Show Applications –> Tweaks

At this point, I was able to enable the minimize and maximize images on all of me windows, so you won a big plus from me.

In “Item 16 Enable Drive cache”, you say “Open the Disks application –> Select”. I have no idea where the “Disks application” is how to install it. I checked synaptic and could not find it and the closest package it could find with apt was “udisks2”.

The I clicked on “Activities” and in the search bar, I looked for ‘Disks’. No luck. It was only at the very end of you webpage, that I followed your suggestion to remove applications I am not going to use, that I went to:

Activities –> Software –> Installed (tab)

that I found “GNOME Disks”.

I went back to:

Activities –> search bar

and entered “GNOME Disks” that the ‘Disks’ application showed up. Why it does not show up at:

Activities –> Software

I do not know, but at least I found it and was able to do my thing.

Bottom line: Thanks for your effort. I hope my comments can help improve the readability of your webpage for the next reader of your page. Overall - Good job!!


Thanks for taking the time to make this article. I normal use Debian for my cloud servers, I prefer over Centos for better Security. I was using Ubuntu only because it is easy to get going with drivers installed. But I find Ubuntu has changed so much and find it not as great as it use to be. I decided to try install Debian as my desktop and using your article help me get it the way I wanted it. :)


You've mentioned iirc that your favourite Debian flavour is Xfce. Are there any post-instal Xfce-specific additions/changes that you think worth highlighting in this article? One often sees people referring to programs such as the following, although offhand I don't know if they inlcude an Xfce compatible version:

Audacity Clementine [or something else that allows one to load mp3 files to an iPod] BleachBit ClamAV CrashPlan GIMP [any Irfanview Linux equivalent] [any MP3DirectCut equivalent] [any Mp3tag equivalent] Notepadqq Qbittorrent / Transmission QuiteRSS ScanTailor Advanced [doesn't seem to be in Debian repositories] SimpleScreenRecorder Timeshift VeraCrypt WINE / Play On Linux


One more question i hope you can help with.: I have a desktop computer which i would like to install this on, but i have a windows preinstalled with recover patitaion, so i can install Debian dual with windows, however i have to keep pushing F12 to get the a boot meny everytime, any quick fixes ?


I really like your great site and enjoying every video/text. Keep up the great work. I actually has landed my distro hopping on this Debian Gnome Stable, and with tweaks on this page, i have i fell i have the linux i need, it does everything i need and simply just work. Question: When Debian 11 will come, do i need to reinstall everything or can i just push update :)


Thanks a lot!!! Very helpfull particularly for a newbie like me :) I think I found a small typos mistake in the section 12 regarding the ufw configuration. It is written “sudo apt ufw enable” and “sudo apt ufw status verbose” where it should be written “sudo ufw enable” and “sudo ufw status verbose”. At least this is the way it worked for me. check https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-a-firewall-with-ufw-on-debian-10


Sorry for my english, it's not always error free… you often suggest the use of Debian, reading your articles you appear as a debian supporter. I very appreciate Debian philosophy and their ideas about open source software, but I find, at this link https://thebestvpn.com/vulnerability-alerts/, something I wasn't expecting: Debian appears to be at the top of the table with its discovered vulnerabilities over the last two decades..!! More than Canonical (Ubuntu) and Windows 10 had, in not a few cases. It worries me, because I think it may depend on the increasingly poor quality of Debian development, despite the widest development base among all linux distributions and its structuring in the 3 known levels (stable, testing, unstable). No other linux distribution has these features and advantages, but the results leave many doubts… What do you think about it?

Average Linux User

Average Linux User

Thank you for the comment. I am not a security expert. I suggest you ask Quidsup. He is a cybersecurity expert. In my opinion, Debian is very safe especially for a regular desktop user. Regrading the information in that article, everything depends on how you count vulnerabilities and how severe those vulnerabilities are. If I were you, I would not worry. If it makes you uncomfortable, use Ubuntu or Ubuntu-based distros.


I find that article at https://thebestvpn.com/vulnerability-alerts very suspect. I am currently using Debian 10 and Mint 18. My wife uses MX Linux 18.3. I test various distro editions constantly. In my 14 years of using many different Linux distros (dozens) I have NEVER once had any problem with a security incident. And I don't use a firewall or a antivirus program. Linux is secure. When I used Windows I had security and virus problems continually. Debian is built as a server distro but can be used on a standalone desktop. I would take much of what is stated in that article against Linux with a grain of salt. It's Windows and Mac systems that are attacked, not Debian or Linux in general.


I bought Zorin OS 15 lite Desktop 64 Bit. I would like to see a few pointers about what to do to it after installation. Thanks (P.S. I'm older so don't make it too complex)


Dear AverageLinuxUser :) I would like to thank you for all videos/texts of yours. Most of the time, I find solutions to my problems right there in some of your videos. I have a few questions for you:

  1. Do you run Linux as your main OS (never dual boothing Windows/Mac)?
  2. Are you a distro hopper? :)
  3. If the answer on the second question is “no”, which distro and DE are your running?
Average Linux User

Average Linux User

Thank you for your nice comment.

  1. Do you run Linux as your main OS (never dual boothing Windows/Mac)?

Yes, I left Windows in 2011 and never look back.

  1. Are you a distro hopper? :)

No, I have enough experience to make any distro fit my needs. I just pick up the one where I need to spend minimum time to configure it for my needs. It is KDE Neon at the moment.

Learn how to write in Markdown with this Quick Reference.
Notify me of new comments on this post.
* E-mail is used to display Gravatar.