Mimakrg mentioned the bane
that is Windows 11, and trying to switch over to a variant of
Linux. I can certainly relate.
My day-to-day job involves helping people with their
computer issues and just this week I had to tend to a client
who had elected to go out and buy a new laptop because they
thought that would magically solve all of their problems. That
their internet speed is only 0.4Mbps you can probably
appreciate where the bulk of their problems actually lie.
Windows, in my opinion, has gone severely down-hill since
Windows Updates are mandatory and give you next to no
idea how big they are and thus how long they will take; for
anyone on a slow internet connection, this is a big deal. I
told my client today when his new laptop informed us it was
installing updates and not to switch off that this could
take anywhere between 5 minutes or 5 hours. He thought I was
joking (but he hadn't bought a particularly fast computer).
The latest variants of Windows 11 insist you sign in
with a Microsoft Account; you used to be able to choose a
Local Account. This was a particular problem for my client
because when we installed Skype it connected to that
Microsoft Account, but they had another they'd been using
since before Microsoft took over Skype.
Actually installing Windows 11 on any computer that
previously ran fine on Windows 10 will be hit-or-miss due to
a stupid requirement for "TPM" - thankfully I have an old
installer of Windows 11 that usually works but then there is
a mass of Updates to follow. Without this a lot more
computers that otherwise work would be sent to
landfill/recycling - thanks Microsoft.
Installing Skype is a PITA too. There are two
iterations, the "App" version which, like most apps, is a
trimmed down babies toy, and the "Desktop" version. The
latter you used to be able to download as a standalone
installer, but now you have to go through the Microsoft
Store. For me and my client this posed an issue because,
being that their internet is slow, I could ideally have
downloaded the installer elsewhere and brought a copy to
them on a memory stick. Even printers often send you down
the hell hole that is the Store and land you with an app,
even if you've successfully installed the thing with the
old-skool installer. I'm someone that has always kept a copy
of any programs I run, ready for the day I need to reinstall
Paid for Microsoft Office at some point and still have
the disc? Don't assume it will work in Windows 11, or even
if you have Windows 10 reinstalled for that matter. Like
Microsoft's Live Mail, these things, like Office 2007, will
just fail to install, for the former I recommend the free
LibreOffice and for the latter the free Mozilla Thunderbird
(although that's not without its issues these days #mandatoryupdates)
Sadly Linux fares little better (although it is more
user-friendly these days) and avoids me suggesting it to
Most common variants have their own form of "app store"
although they do streamline the experience of installing
applications which otherwise under Linux is usually a
nightmare; try manually installing display drivers and you'll
get what I mean.
Other things that avoid me using Linux as a daily
I've used Winamp since my Windows 98 days; I guess I
could use Wine or some other media player that resembles
I use Microsoft FrontPage and PaintShop Pro for working
on my website and editing pictures; again, perhaps Wine
would allow me to use these under Linux.
While I use Davinci Resolve for some video editing,
which is available on both Windows and Linux, I also use
Windows Movie Maker for some tasks. What's the likelihood of
that running with Wine?
Another video issue I've found with Linux is that I
can't find a movie player, beyond that in Windows, that
allows me to drag the time timeline slider smoothly back and
forth through a video to help me find a scene I'm looking
for. Anything else just jumps and skips about.
I also take part in Einstein@home which requires BOINC.
This is available for both Windows and Linux but is
dependent on graphics drivers for crunching on GPUs (such as
with CUDA), and all too often these drivers are a PITA under
Linux to either install in the first place, or allow
Einstine@home to use the card.
A recent case in point is this project I've been working
I call it the "MishMac"; it's a look-a-like Apple running on the variant of Linux
called ElementaryOS that looks like AppleOS. MishMac because
it's essentially made up of immitation Mac parts but from
different eras, such as the 'EZCool' case; it was originally
built for Windows (the motherboard is from 2002) but now looks
Mac'ish but runs Linux... I tried to run
BOINC on it with the Nvidia drivers available for its GTX 560
and none would work, even the version of BOINC from the
'Store' seems to have its own issues.
I should probably add the MishMac to my Projects section.
Some things of note that will work on Linux (in addition to
Davinci Resolve) that I can recommend are:
Firefox and LibreOffice, which to be fair, for most of my
clients would be all they need... oh but then there are
Since I'd be the one held accountable for "things not
working like they used to" if I tried to convert anyone to
Linux, I prefer to upgrade people to Windows 11 when they ask
me to (because I'd rather not turn away the work) and then at
least I can fob them off by blaming Microsoft when "things
don't work like they used to". "Sorry, but this is how things
are in Windows now." With each iteration of headache that is
Microsoft and Windows it makes me want to quit my job. Thanks
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