As announced, I have reinstalled ElementaryOS (Luna) on the PC, as a replacement for Linux Mint. Not out of disdain for Mint, let that be clear. Mint is probably an excellent choice for hardcore Linux buffs, who know the tricks of the trade and don’t mind installing what they really need – and nothing more. ElementaryOS looks a bit more like the Mac OS X I’m used to, and it seems to come by default with a few tools that will please the newcomer.
I do have a complaint, though. Getting Luna to accept a Bluetooth keyboard wasn’t exactly simple. I have been using the Logitech K810 Bluetooth keyboard with several machines until now, and setting up the keyboard always went smoothly, be it on a Mac, a PC, or an Android tablet or smartphone (yes, it does work on a Samsung Galaxy S3 as well). But for ElementaryOS I had to consult my helpdesk aka. the Internet, so to help myself remember how to do it let me point you to a blog post from Christian M. Schmid titled “Logitech K810 + Ubuntu“. Since ElementaryOS is based on Ubuntu, Christian’s instructions work like a charm. I had to execute them twice to get everything in order, but that’s probably because I tried the first installation while the system was still running a couple of hundred megabytes worth of system updates ;-)
Except for one thing: I now have two Bluetooth icons in the statusbar, and at times they seem to disagree on the Bluetooth status! I’ll try to find a way to disable the default Bluetooth control panel, but that’s not part of my high-priority todo list!