I have used Windows since 1995. I had an Apple Mac in 1997 but I have never used one since. I have been tinkering with Linux and dual booting it/virtual boxes since 2010. The first Linux that I installed for real on metal was Opensuse in 2011.
In October 2019 I left Windows for good and went totally Linux. I went to Ubuntu Studio and am still in it, soon to go to 20.04. This left a lot of expensive software useless because it does not run on Linux and I hate WINE. THat software has cost me money. But I still went all Linux. Why?
Because for all the sunk cost I was gaining two things: time and sanity. Windows used to be fun. When there was the XP search dog wagging his tail and you had nifty power toys. But now it is all pain; Windows 10 is the most atrocious excuse for an OS that I have ever seen. Apple Clarisworks in the 90’s was better. Every day in Windows 10 is a fight. Microsoft want one thing. They want you to log in with a hotmail account. Use Cortana! Your fifth and final chance to put off the update until it happens whether you like it or not; that sounds like a demand from The Godfather.
Then you fight back! You go to Britec’s videos [or someone else’s] on Youtube and you tweak away at the registry and become a skilled registry hacker. Or you grab some third party tool from goodness knows where to do it, like a guy in an alleyway whispering “I’m gonna keep you safe kid”. The game of ping pong begins! Microsoft to serve! It’s a Cortana volley! User defends into the open court! What a winner by Microsoft! They put Cortana where registry keys were greyed out! Next point…
Surely that is the definition of computer user insanity. To be fighting your OS every day to get what you want and need! How much time do people like Britec sink into all that tweaking! That is time that I save in Linux! It was a very, very hard decision. I looked exhaustively in all of 2019 at all options. I looked at any way that I could of still using Windows for my programs. I looked at React OS. I looked at Windows 10 Enterprise. But as a peasant who doesn’t use Volume Licenses I am not worthy of Enterprise 10! In this lifetime I must burn more Karma to be worthy!
Now, I am happy. I know that I made the right choice. I could have put off the inevitable and used my copy of Windows 8.1 . But what was the point? 2023 will soon come around. I have to go to Linux anyway. I cannot see any future for Microsoft in the consumer space. They are headed towards becoming another IBM, Even their Xbox they are trying to wreck by doing stupid things with the card slots. Nadella is a complete idiot. That clown could not run a girlie bar in an army base. Absolutely nothing excites me about their garbage anymore. I got to the stage where Windows was so depressing that I didn’t want to look at my computer.
I still have a renoise license. I had to uninstall it for various reasons. Nothing to do with Renoise itself. Might put it back on after I upgrade to Ubuntu 20.04. I am gone for good. The Microsoft universe is dead to me. I never want to ever see a Windows desktop or program ever again. Apple is dead as well. Pity. They make some nice computers. But their walled garden is a joke. Their quality of engineering has gone downhill; see the Louis Rossman channel on YouTube.
It was a big decision. Because I zonk myself out of many careers. You have to know Windows to work in computer security for instance. But I had to do it. Or just spend hours of wasted time on Windows nonsense.