The following is an excerpt from my Journey with Linux post which can be found here. This has been separated into its own post for easier reading.
One of the biggest parts of the transition was finding compatible software to run on both my Windows laptop that I used everyday for note taking at school, and the desktop which I used at home. Up until this point, I had simply been using Microsoft OneNote to take notes, which worked very well. In fact, I still haven’t found an equal alternative, though my current setup is a solid good enough IMO. The problem with OneNote was that it would not run properly on Ubuntu. I tried running all the versions of Office that I could with my student license, and had some luck installing Office 2010 (earliest the student edition worked for), but with limited support – such as no OneDrive sync which was crucial to my workflow back then. Let’s not even mention the broken fonts that came with Wine, and the issues of syncing notebook files that may be open on one computer with the other. (See my next post for my updated fix). I ended up continuing to use OneNote for the few months in that fall, simply resorting to using OneNote online when I had to use my desktop.
I took care of file syncing with Dropbox initially, then followed by Mega.nz, as they had native clients. While I don’t use either anymore (foreshadowing: I went to OwnCloud -> NextCloud -> Syncthing -> rsync) they were easy to use and worked. It was part of easing into the new workflow. For reference, I had hardly used SSH up until that point.
Overall, I was pleased with the way the system was working. Stuff worked most of the time, and in the face of trouble, there was tons of forum support along the way, which definitely helped.