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Tired of Windows? It's time to give Linux a try.

Ubuntu on Windows 10
Ubuntu on Windows 10 (Image credit: Windows Central)

It's been a full two years since I wrote about how Linux is now a viable OS for PC gaming and in that time a lot has changed. The open-source desktop OS isn't just for gaming. It's also great for a bunch of other computing tasks one usually does on Windows or even macOS. After using Windows for more than two decades, I find myself no longer able to put up with it.

Windows XP was the glory days of Microsoft's OS. I wouldn't be able to guess the number of hours spent in IRC apps and games like Unreal Tournament 99/2004 with friends. Then came Windows Vista and it was a hot mess with hardware being nowhere near ready to run such a package. Windows 7 changed the game and was unfortunately followed by Windows 8.

Windows 10 wasn't terrible and remained my go-to OS for gaming, but that's changed over the last two years with the advancements made to Valve's Proton compatibility layer. I can now pretty much do everything on Linux I could with Windows and that forced Microsoft's OS to take a backseat in 2021 on my main PC.

There's so much freedom

Ubuntu 19.10

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One of the most enticing parts of Linux is choice. Even down to the distribution (or distro) you'd prefer to use, be it Ubuntu, Arch, or Manjaro. There's a distro for everyone and even after choosing one, it's possible to customize it to your heart's content. Don't like the new snap package manager in Ubuntu? Go ahead and completely remove it with a few Terminal commands.

Using Linux day-to-day with the latest distros is nothing but a joy.

It's incredibly user-friendly too. You could install a distro like Linux Mint that attempts to replicate the look and feel of Windows and help bridge the gap between the two platforms. Once up and running (which takes around 5 minutes) you're good to go. There aren't any pop-ups asking for the OS to send data to servers, nor will you have to accept targeted advertising.

Using Linux day-to-day with the latest distros is nothing but a joy. Everything just works out of the box. Some distros can even come with the latest drives from NVIDIA already included, but it's just as easy to install them on other distros. There are some software suites that aren't supported on Linux, but there are plenty of alternatives and are usually free of charge.

Want to use Microsoft Office? There's Libre Office ready to go. Fan of Adobe Photoshop? GIMP is your new best friend. The most popular apps like Slack, Discord, Chrome, Microsoft Edge, Thunderbird, Steam, VLC player, Plex, and more are all available for Linux. Some distros even have an app store that can handle installing and updating each app.

Valve's Proton is literal software magic

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord

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Proton is Valve's answer to getting more people to use Linux for gaming. It's a compatibility layer that works with other open-source tools to make Windows games run on Linux. I noted in my previous gaming on Linux piece that performance in games was usually behind Windows, but this isn't the case in more and more PC titles.

Even when using Proton, you can often find performance on par with what you'd find with a Microsoft-powered PC. The best part is the whole process of downloading, installing, and playing Windows games on Linux is as straightforward as Microsoft's OS. Proton works with WINE and DXVK, among others, and everything is handled by the Steam client.

ProtonDB is a website that tracks how well games perform using Proton on Linux. The list of supported games that run at least well enough to play is constantly growing with each update. Even the likes of Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord runs exceptionally well, aside from a minor stutter here and there.


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Online games that make use of anti-cheat software didn't play ball with Proton, but Valve has been working with the developers to add support for its set of tools. Now, you can install and enjoy games that use tools like BattleEye and not need to fire up a Windows install to just play one game every so often.

Microsoft still doesn't quite know how to approach PC gaming. After what happened with Windows Live and the still mediocre Microsoft Store, Steam and other distribution platforms are where gamers flock to. Linux is only going to get better with each community-driven release and distro maintainers are working hard to improve the user experience to entice more people to make the switch.

Gaming is no longer one of those reasons to choose Windows over Linux unless it's a specific game that simply isn't native or supported by tools like Proton.

Windows 11 became a living nightmare

Windows 11 Setup install now option

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I'm a fan of what Microsoft finally brought to the desktop with Windows 11. Our resident Windows expert Zac Bowden gave the OS a positive score in his incredible in-depth review and I agree with the majority of what was written. Where Windows 11 falls flat for me, however, is with the installation process. It's an absolute mess.

I have a few test rigs configured for various PC components we review here at Windows Central and installing fresh copies of Windows for Intel's 12th Gen launch was riddled with issues from the get-go. The installer would either refuse to load or fail to see drives. In fact, one install required a 2.5-inch SATA SSD to be connected to the board in order for Windows 11 to successfully boot from the M.2 NVMe drive.

Interestingly, I never had an issue with the latest security measures that require trusted platform modules (or TPM) since most motherboards and processors released in the past few years support it out of the box. It was more Windows having trouble with SSDs, sometimes even outright refusing to install Windows on specific drives.

For a laugh, I installed Linux Mint on all the machines and didn't see a single problem. Not one. This is a billion-dollar company going up against average Joe and losing in my anecdotal experiences.

But Windows isn't completely out of my life. I still use it regularly to remain in the loop with all the latest news and because we continue to benchmark products using the OS. For my main PC, Windows isn't even installed on a secondary drive anymore.

Rich Edmonds
Senior Editor, PC Build

Rich Edmonds is Senior Editor of PC hardware at Windows Central, covering everything related to PC components and NAS. He's been involved in technology for more than a decade and knows a thing or two about the magic inside a PC chassis. You can follow him over on Twitter at @RichEdmonds.

  • Ah yes, this must be the year that Linux takes over. We have been hearing that for over 20 years now. Maybe you can take this article over to your new Linux fan site. Not sure why this is here.
  • It's here because it's our website.
  • It is kind of absurd to watch Richard Devine make comments like this defending an article trashing Windows and praising Linux on a website named WINDOWS CENTRAL.
    Go post an article on iMore about how macOS or iOS sucks and users should switch to Linux or Android, lets see what the responses to those articles look like. Just because you can does not mean you should.
  • I appreciate articles like this. Plenty of people use Windows, but many of us recognise the limitations of the product, and are willing to stretch out into other products if necessary. I use Windows, Mac, Linux; Android, iOS, and even Windows mobile. Each product has its strengths, but for people who visit this site who become disenfranchised with Windows, it's good to have suggestions of what else is out there.
  • @cknobman is still our team / their team ... doesn't get that being that way is a yawn in 2021/22. And he thinks because he can make these comments that he should. He is wrong.
  • Your English is absolutely horrible. That mess of words barely made sense.
  • There are 100s, if not 1000s of linux blogs and youtube channels out there (for people who visit this site who become disenfranchised with Windows) which crap on Windows all day. Windows users dont have that luxury.
  • @cknobman I'm a Windows fan and I'm not bothered with this article. I respect Linux users. This website does not belong to Microsoft. Hell even Microsoft is making Android launcher these days! By reading this people will not immediately switch to Linux! These guys are professional so they should speak the truth. Myself, I'm an absolute AMD fan but I do recommend intel 12th gen to people around me because right now it performs better than what AMD has to offer! I hate Samsung while being in love with another brand, but I do recommend Samsung phones to others because they are cheaper while having better features and camera, etc. (these are just examples Samsung fans!) I'm doing this so people can trust me. But what's interesting is This guy's "Richard", respond to criticism. I wonder how he would react if Microsoft responds to Windows Central's video criticizing Surface Duo 2 design with something like "hell if you don't like it don't buy it! it's our product, we're making it the way we want!" not a professional respond right? Damn I still remember reading articles about Windows 8 on this website and I always loved these guys because I thought they are so polite and calm all the time. The question is, was I wrong this whole time? Andrew and Zac? Where are you two absolute handsome guys? Can you respond? "sorry this comment's so long and excuse me for my English if I've made some mistakes, it's not my primary language"
  • Marshal_90, great points and nicely said. Your AMD-Intel analogy isn't quite the same, in that both of those can run the same software from our perspective as users. If this were Intel Central or AMD central, then I suppose it would indeed align. As "WINDOWS" Central, I think it's perfectly reasonable for readers to expect an MS perspective be included. For many of us, this site is a refuge from the rest of the Internet that routinely heaps piles of hate on MS, mostly for reasons that haven't been valid in decades. Criticism is good, even on a fan site, as long as it's presented from the perspective of a fellow fan (constructive criticism) or in a point-counterpoint format, like a debate between authors. Instead, this article just suggests to Windows users, on a Windows site, that they should consider moving away from Windows. That does feel like a content breach to me. I remain a fan of Rich Edmonds' tech writing, just don't think this was the right place for this particular article.
  • GraniteStateColin I agree and at first, this article did upset me too.
    But again I look at myself. I criticize brands that I absolutely love because I want them to grow. I want them to know their mistakes so they can fix them. But you are right, if I was writing such article, I probably would not shown myself so excited about switching to Linux. This way I could've shown Windows' problems and keep Windows and this website's fans happy! And again, I like to have you and other's attention to these guys' responds to criticism! They literally feel offended by people's criticizing this article! To those who felt the same as me I suggest subscribing to Windows Central YouTube channel where Mr Daniel Rubino and lovely Zac Bowden discuss about Windows and review Microsoft products professionally!
  • Do you really want us to simply shill Windows all the time? Being a Windows-focused website means we focus on everything that’s related to Windows. That includes its pros and cons, as well as what alternative OS options offer. So, unless you want us to just be a dishonest puppet mouthpiece for Microsoft, we very much should post articles like this.
  • No, this type of article is needed if they share the truth about Linux and not the fard you are publishing here. An average Joe will suffer trying to use Linux with zero support, you made sound rosy that it is absolutely not. This article is written from the perspective of PC expert and that is why these Linux PC thingies never got out of less than 3% world market and the article did not mention it at all.
    You want to inform readers about Linux OS, here is a title:
    "What Linux Os need to do to get to 10% World Market share in 5 years from today"
    Research and write about that.
  • You know very well that it's not like people actually chooses Windows, so stop acting like it. Average Joe does not think about Windows as a product you buy, it's simple something your computer is born with and this is also why the author's critique of the Windows installation process doesn't really matter to most people.
  • Is that also the reason why people don't buy Linux Computer? lol ...
  • You know very well that it's not like people actually chooses Windows, so stop acting like it. You tell me why OEM did not choose Linux?
    You tell me why OEM supported Chrome Os and that is not Windows (Big time)
    Finally, Bost home PC builders choose Windows
  • "Do you really want us to simply shill Windows all the time?" YES, because linux blogs shill linux all the time. "Being a Windows-focused website means we focus on everything that’s related to Windows. That includes its pros and cons" what cons are we talking about here? a problem with the installer? I don't think this is even universal. " well as what alternative OS options offer." NO linux blog ever tells you how Windows may solve problems you have with linux. NONE. "So, unless you want us to just be a dishonest puppet mouthpiece for Microsoft, we very much should post articles like this." If we're really talking honesty here, make a linux based article informing users what problems they will have to face with it.
  • I think if all of us just find a better windows news site, that will teach these kinds of people a lesson. if apple fans wont be okay with it, should we ?.
  • Nice. Real nice. Typical response from a present day, self entitled zero. Real nice, slick.
  • Aaaand.. subscription... cancelled. enjoy your "website" , cause as a windows user(for practical and simple reasons), I don't think I will bother to deal you or this website.
  • You were subscribed to what exactly? If someone asked you to pay to read our site my friend you were scammed.
  • Oops that was the YouTube premium subscription ... nvm, CANCELLED ANYWAYS! ,
  • The whole article reminds me the time people were crying when MS upgraded OS from Win7 to Win10. This one couldn't handle Windows 11, so cried and ran to Linux. If you want to talk about other OS, just change the website to TechCentral or something like that. Many people come here, 'cuz they are tired of B.S. from other OS like Linux, iOS, Anroid ... etc ... We do not need you to tell us why we should try them.
  • @Richard Devine The more i read your comments the more ridiculous it gets.
    "It's here because it's our website." << Since when Windows central is made to talks about Linux? i don't even see this website talks about Linux back in 2012, this website called as Windows Central for some reason because of Windows contents, not Linux contents which 99% people in here doesn't cares about that s*it. At this point you are not just a clown, you are entire circus.
  • I'm confused why you don't understand that an article comparing Windows to another OS is Windows-related content. If I write a piece comparing Surface to the iPad, is that not Windows content because an iPad is involved?
  • this is Windows related content as in "F*** Windows, i'mma use something else which i think is better than Windows and you should too", on a site LITERALLY named Windows Central.
  • ^This. I don't see @Richard Devine aka @RICH EDMONDS comparing Windows with Linux in this article, what he did is just straight trash talking Windows. Even at the end "Windows 11 became a living nightmare" is so obvious that this thread is made to say anything bad about Windows while at the same time showing Linux "advantages" and he completely ignore Windows advantages which is so many compared to Linux. This articles is no more than straight F*CK YOU to Windows users and people who have followed Windows Central news for Windows for years.
  • I have to concede that these Linux PEOPLE, talk a lot and never quit. They seriously have hope (All the less than 2% world Market of them)
  • Linux retarded fanboy are the most saltiest, the most jealousy, the most toxic and the loudest garbage in the world. They hate Microsoft and Windows because almost everyone on earth using it, they keep spreading bullshit about Windows because Linux is so trash and very few people using it but Linux tard didn't want to admit that their OS is never be good as Windows, even based on Steam OS stats, Linux with all distros including SteamOS barely reach 2% and still below Mac. Let alone to compare Linux to Windows which has users almost 97%.
    Linux fanboy are so desperate to get user from Windows, that's why they keep talking garbage about it. Shame on all Linux fanboy!!!
  • I don't see any Linux users showing the salt and jealousy that you exhibit in this thread.
  • Then, you need to start with this ARTICLE that we all are chiming in on.
  • I only see Windows users complaining and saying people should be fired in the comments.
  • Go to linux website or forum and start the post that Windows is better than linux, and you will see how they react.
  • I tried it a few years ago and although the os is great it's like mac os you have to mess around, look for alternatives or not have the apps you want/use in Windows. It has its uses but for me it's a no go.
  • Here's the thing. Nobody, not even the elitists, is suggesting "OMG LINUX IS GONNA TAKE OVER THE WORLD." But here's another thing. Plenty of what you'd call the "enthusiast" crowd are happy to rip on Microsoft and Windows for what it does wrong and leave it there. Average joe will always be fine with Windows. I got bored in lockdown last year and started having a look around and when I found out that I could basically customize an entire OS to be what I wanted it to be, I got really interested. I like to tinker, but I also like to learn. One of the most exciting aspects of Windows for me is WSL. Plenty don't realize just how useful it is to know Linux in the greater world of IT and when is it ever bad to learn something new? WSL is a brilliant tool to play around with and I'd recommend it to anyone.
  • Well said Richard!
  • I wonder how many people will actually try what you say and find how far the gulf is between GIMP and Photoshop, Office and Libre Office. If you use any modern windows productivity app, the Linux counterparts are far behind. And I say this as someone who uses Joplin instead of Evernote, and set up my own cloud to use nextcloud. I have used linux since the Red Hat days. Personally, I feel like you are setting the people who try out Linux for absolute failure. About the only part I agree with is Proton. The rest? Disappointment.
  • Depends on your mindset. If you think you can totally "replace" Windows then you'll probably be unhappy. But I'm always open minded myself. I'll try anything and give it a chance. For me, I'm enjoying learning new skills that may or may not be useful to me if this writing gig ever goes south. It didn't take too long to realise that Windows might be the dominant desktop OS but it's ultimately not the only thing making the world tick over.
  • That simply makes you an enthusiast (A Nitch set of folks)
    If this article title has included "for enthusiast" then this article is honky dory. But it did not, also the gut of the article all about how Linux is better, NO IT IS NOT. Multiple German states failed to upend Windows Os. That is saying a lot about the support, cost saving to mention a few that Linux failed to deliver.
  • Think I will just install windows 11 and complain about how there is no time indicator on all the taskbars when using multiple monitor setup, than actually try to install Linux, cause I prefer to have a life than living inside my pc trying to figure out which Linux distros I need to install on my machine.
  • You are on to something here. Whatever we do in life requires some learning, whether it would be cooking, or driving, or carpentry, we cannot do anything without learning. But the thing is - humans are lazy, we prefer netflix over tinkering in many cases, and that is sad. I was forced (by workplace) to learn some linux, and now, I absolutely love it... sure windows apps are often not there, and those first days feel like total confusion, but now, I have grown accustomed to linux alternatives, I do get my job done with ease. Sometimes, I even get lost when I have to work on a windows laptop, I wouldn't say it is better, it's just different, and whatever we get used to - works. Often it's just this laziness, no desire to learn something new that is causing resistance. Of course there are issues, and it is not always perfect, but still, I am with you on this, as a long time windows user, I too, switched to linux, and really loving it! Even on my home desktop. Not to mention cost savings using linux server OS on my home server. So I am glad that there are still curious journalists who wander off from a well - known path, and explore something new, less known. I understand that the year of linux may never happen, and most users are still probably better off just using regular windows, but why do we have to be so rude when a person tries something new? I think it's great, that people are still wiling to explore the alternatives. And we need those alternatives, because when monopoly gets.... greedy, we have nowhere else to go. Like this new massive price change coming for Office 365 in March. Some of us cannot afford that, and we are literally SAVED by open source alternatives. Either that, or no computing at all. So, I don't think we should be worshiping Microsoft all the time.
  • As a fellow tinkerer, I would argue that those who don't want to tinker are not lazy. It's a matter of personal preference. I tinker because I'm a control freak and have a desperate need to understand how everything I use works. When I was little kid, I took apart and put back together everything in our house from lawn mowers to telephones to doorknobs. That's just me and I'm damn glad most people aren't like that. Some would call it a defect on my part, not a plus. My wife would probably applaud them. :-) For the same reasons, I also don't like to drive an automatic car, because I don't like the car choosing what gear I'm in. At least today, cars can't come close to a good driver, because we can see the road ahead and set the gear in advance for the upcoming hill or traffic. One day, maybe AI will also support that, but automatic transmissions don't even come close. I wouldn't say that everyone who prefers to drive an automatic is lazy or lacks an understanding of mechanical engineering. Or should everyone do all their own mechanical work and end the need for garages and repair shops? We specialize in those things where we find we have a natural talent and use the tools built by those who came before us. That's a good thing. If every person needed to learn everything about everything, we'd still be stuck at a tech level of the mid 1800's. Ultimately, it's a good thing that the vast majority of people don't care how something works or what makes it tick in order to take advantage of its capabilities. Hence the commercial success of Windows over Linux for consumer use.
  • "Plenty of what you'd call the "enthusiast" crowd are happy to rip on Microsoft and Windows for what it does wrong and leave it there."
    Which these Linux enthusiast author of this article failed to do when it comes to Linux kumbaya article. One of you should research the following and write about concerning Linux
    1) Why has the world market usage since forever has Linux not crack the 5% world market for consumers
    2) What is it that holding Linux back (Linux flaws)
    3) What does Linux OS need to do to get to 10% consumer world market in the next 5 years from today.
  • Interestingly enough, all of mentioned topics will lead to single conclusion: Linux must go commercial for home users (not for Big IT, like modern Red Hat or likes).
    Most Linux flaws comes naturally from ideology "some IT pros make OS for other IT pros". "All gears" (feedback, that change products) are workin only with git issue threads or even old-as-internet news groups. All repos contain only software (version or module, for some cases), that maintainers think "cool", not the ones, that need for most of users.
    Also, there is no way to develop some commercial software (Photoshop etc.) when everything in OS "free" and no 2-side testing and validation process between os developers and software makers (no support for platform-dependend IT from platform pov).
  • > there is no way to develop some commercial software (Photoshop etc.) when everything in OS "free" why? Windows is kind of free too for most home users and an average person doesn't buy any apps. I use Linux and I paid for Insync, Duplicacy, GitKraken, JetBrains IDE, Skype phone calls, games.
  • Believe it or not, I am in agreement with your comment and your notes are good basis for an article worth writing. Challenging, but could could create discursion on how LinuxOs can reach the masses without full commercialization.
    I don't know or have the answer, but I do believe that honest dialogue can be a good start rather than this winding people up with a big hole in this article.
  • > 1) Why has the world market usage since forever has Linux not crack the 5% world market for consumers This is because computers with Linux pre-installed are not generally available through the sales channels used by end users. > 2) What is it that holding Linux back (Linux flaws) Don't feel like I really any good "input" or clever to say here, so I won't... hope that's ok... > 3) What does Linux OS need to do to get to 10% consumer world market in the next 5 years from today. The current commercial Linux desktop vendors Red Hat (IBM), SUSE and Canonical has to get their head out of their ass and starts working together on ONE desktop distribution rather than 3-4 competing ones. Because when you boil it down it's all about content anyway, so when companies like Valve is putting content on the Linux platform, Red Hat (IBM), SUSE and Canonical should of course embrace this and do everything they can to help them succeed. They should also be more serious on the hardware side too, it's not enough maintain a list of "tested and certified" laptops, they have to actually make sure that normal end users can get their hands on devices through those sales channel where end users can find them (in a computer store in their home town or their favorite online shop).
  • They also need to get in bed with Microsoft and get Office ported to Linux like Apple did.
  • @Richard Devine This is why you are so wrong, if you cares about Linux more than Windows, then you shouldn't be writer in here. Not only you are making controversial article about promoting Linux in Windows website but also you are suggesting people to switch which is why people making fun of you in here.
  • Listen up guys. There's nothing wrong with Linux. Or even Mac OS. They serve a purpose and it doesn't mean Windows is bad if you try them and like them. I personally use Linux, either on a second machine or through a bootable USB. I particularly enjoyed Linux on DeX on my Note9. It's all good. As is Windows 11!
  • Since learning more about Linux I actually finally understand why you see so many developers using Mac over a Windows machine. With WSL though, I think that swings back in favour of Microsoft. Or it should.
  • I have been running linux almost around 17 years. Never needed windows. I do have one computer that dual boots but it is a just in case thing. The only time I run it is to update it since microsoft updates are slow and I want to make sure it is available almost immediately if needed..
  • Desktop Linux is a thousand chefs with a million mac & cheese recipes and all tasting worse than the stuff in a box.
  • That was beautifully said
  • Linux desktop is a s*it with differents taste. I've tried Debian, Ubuntu, Arc, KaliLinux and other stupid distros. None of them is better than even Windows XP, let alone Windows 10 and 11.
  • What kind of fluffy, fifth-columnist crap is this article? I don’t give half a s**t about Linux, and don’t even want it see it mentioned as a headline as I scroll in the site, that’s why I’m in WINDOWS Central. I wonder if iMore is gonna run an article like “I love Android, and so should you, ditch Apple”. If the author hates Windows so much, he should really consider not writing in this site anymore, and yes, I know he has like a hundred years writing here, but if he is burnout, he should leave.
  • Wow... Just.. wow...
  • iMore/9to5Mac and other Mac sites regularly run "this is what Apple should adopt for iOS" and then go into the pros and cons of both. The articles on the 5 Mac sites I read regularly have been 90% Nintendo Switch for the last week. Is that an Apple product? Should iMore never talk about gaming platforms since Apple has a gaming service and pushes games a lot in their store? Really, no one CARES if you don't want Linux articles on a Windows site because myopic viewpoints are for children.
  • Although they may be annoying sometimes, it's great to see children following up news on technology! Keep it up, kid 👍🏻
  • Seriously reflect on what you wrote, reflect on why you are angry and try to change.
  • The team prefers to be honest about Windows and its pros, cons, and alternatives instead of being a shill for Microsoft. Just because we have Windows in our site name doesn’t mean we’re not going to discuss what Windows could do better and how Linux offers some notable advantages. Sorry, not sorry.
  • @Lenin17301 I honestly think RICH EDMONDS is no more than Linux fanboy, he doesn't belong to Windows Central and Windows community, what this guy did in this article is nothing more than sort of F*CK YOU to people who have been followed this website since Windows Phone and Nokia Lumia era. This guy need to be sack, f*ck him for ruining good website like this.
  • Followed the website since the Lumia days but your account is 11 hours old? Glad we finally posted some content that made you want to interact
  • @Richard Devine I made this account because i need to. Just because i don't have account in this website before doesn't mean i'm new follower, normally i only commenting in Windows Central youtube channel but because people like you, it forces me to makes account just to talk about this.
    You are the shame of this Windows Central community, i don't even see any original author such as Daniel Rubino ever wrote controversial article like this. Many people have been talking about you for doing wrong and yet you are here still defending yourself. If you care so much about Linux then why wouldn't you made your own forum/website only for Linux fanboy? *SMH
  • @Richard Devine My account is recent but I am wondering if your community guidelines allow for people such as WilliamHernandez call multiple people 'retarded' and to use the words 'f*ck him' against the article writer.
    I see he is now calling you a clown.
    Is this accepted behavior on WC?
  • I think I'll write an article about why I prefer iPadOS over Windows 11 on a tablet.
  • The one thing I believe Linux still fails for about 60 - 80% of PC users is that it still requires the user to have extensive Terminal knowledge. No Linux distro to date succeeded in that, not even the ones that try to mimic Windows or MacOS. The average PC user will never accept having to use terminal on a frequent basis; but insists on a OOBE that just works like a Windows or macOS w/o ever having to open a Terminal/cmd window in 5 years. Linux cannot provide such an experience to date - and until that changes the majority of users will reject it.
  • I don’t think I’ve ever gone five months without opening a terminal in Windows, if anything to try and point another machine. But that’s me
  • I will bet that you are either a developer and or an enthusiast. Most Joe blows don't even know there is a terminal in windows or MacOS
  • You're not totally wrong there. And trying Linux still very much feels like something the more enthusiast-grade users would do. There are, however, folks out there like System76 who are trying to make it altogether more usable for normal people. It's not going to ever "challenge" Windows in terms of market share, but market share isn't the most important thing. Windows has no real competition, which is unfortunate, because Microsoft can get lazy.
  • You finnaly got to to telling the truth that readers need to know and understand about Linux OS until these 2 sentences to derail the truth once again. "Windows in terms of market share, but market share isn't the most important thing.
    Windows has no real competition, which is unfortunate, because Microsoft can get lazy." Market share is very important and stop lying.
    Windows does have competition, MaC Os, Chrome Os
    It is your opinion that MSFT can get Lazy
  • Question, do you know what chrome os and mac os are based on?
    Second question do you know on what android is based on?
    Third question do you know what servers are? Linux is used much much more than you seemed to know about. it's just that the average joe buys their laptop from a place that only offers windows-based laptops. just not on desktops.
  • "Question, do you know what chrome os and mac os are based on?
    Second question do you know on what android is based on?
    Third question do you know what servers are?" Yes, I do know what those platforms are based on.
    What you are missing is that Android, Chrome-Os, and MacOS are heavily supported with good market share as thus I said they were Competition. Linux Os (Not forked into Chrome, Android or MacOS) as desktop or Laptop have no users appeal as such less than 3% world market share. Just so that you and I don't get carried away. the title of this article is "Tired of Windows? It's time to give Linux a try." And I am responding to a comment that says
    "Windows in terms of market share, but market share isn't the most important thing.
    Windows has no real competition, which is unfortunate, because Microsoft can get lazy.
  • They are all Linux. Fork or not. It has no competition in certain areas. Those are ancient desktops and laptops. In the mobile industry windows is extremely non existent. I wonder what would happen if all oems switch to Linux and brand it windows 12. Windows isn’t a loved product by most of its customers. Most don’t even care about the os on their laptop.
  • Can you come with an example of common task you believe is only possible to do using a terminal on Linux? To me a common average Joe computer user task is something like browsing the internet, watching a video, listening to music or reading, writing and priting documents - Linux does all that and a lot of Linux distributions comes pre-installed with an office suite. So I'm actually kinda curious about what "common" tasks you guys are actually referring to?
  • Windows is not really a monopoly richard. Open your eyes. It has *considerable* competition.
  • You’re funny. Neither Chrome OS or macOS are real competition. If you look at the market share which apparently you guys love, you’ll see that.
  • You're funny. 73% sounds like a monopoly to you Richard?
  • I don't think my mother ever been opening the termin