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xxi wrote (edited )

At home? Never. If I can't run some piece of software on Debian I rather do other stuff. It's sort of like food places not serving vegetarian/vegan meals or someone using racial slurs, my reaction to that is pretty much "Fuck you." While helping others? When that need arises, I'd say once a month at most.

I saw someone saying that migrating to Linux is cumbersome. Funny thing is that I switched because I felt Windows was too cumbersome to use and I assure you that I'm not trying to exaggerate.

I'm not an hacker by any means, but changing/modifying stuff on Windows is horrible. The reason is that every time you want to do something that Microsoft doesn't want you to change — take theme changes — you either have to rely on stuff that they, or some "sanction vendor" provide. If you want to break away from that you have to rely on workarounds that various independent Windows communities provide. Windows 7 for example didn't really give you the option to remove window decoration in any sane manner. That's easily done in the DE Xfce for example and it's very user friendly.

Another thing is that it's hard to modify which software that run in the background or on startup sufficiently. For example, while testing something you might want to do a soft reboot, logout and login quickly or something like that. That takes like 10-20 seconds on Linux while Windows needs to do full reboots all the time for some reason. Apart from that: I can run my computer for a month without reboots even after installing a ton of new software. It's more or less common practice in Windows to reboot for all kinds of shitty reasons. My experience with MacOS is more or less the same.

With that said, sure it takes some time to get to learn the Linux system but it's not as exotic as it might appear. It sure beats trying to do a backflip while tying your shoe laces in mid-air or having to do workarounds on workarounds every time you need to do something slightly non-standard. Just trying to run low resource system on a shitty computer is more or less impossible on MacOS and Windows, they're clunky as hell. Doesn't matter which version all that I've had to deal with is just very, very cumbersome the moment you don't want to open just Word or a browser.

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xxi wrote (edited )

And yeah, then there's the part where you don't have to rely capitalist entities to run a computer. Sure, you can use Google Chrome or iTunes if you want to but I very rarely find that it's necessary. I've set up Spotify when I've got people around and we need music, but I don't really use it in my day to day life.