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PostSubject: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 08, 2021 5:38 am

My hatred for Windows 10 and Windows in general is never a secret. Never been. Windows 10 specifically has been my prime target, because quite frankly, WinXP and 7 were great, but Win10 kept making me discover new layers of hatred for all the dumb bollocks it would do.

Updates broke basic functionality like clockwork. I stopped counting the number of swears I let out when I wasted three hours fixing my stupid bloody WiFi because the stupid bloody Win10 update broke it and I have to figure out what exactly went wrong and what broke.

Speaking of auto-updates, random rebooting on me and updates taking forever to install was another major point of aggravation for me. It's no secret I went berzerk when Win10 BSODed on me when I was working on the BSS RPG and corrupted my files forcing me to go back in time to a 7 month old backup. Sure, you can make the argument it's my fault for not regularly backuping, and fair enough, but the crux of this is, it shouldn't have happened in the first place.

But, those are all part and parcel of the wonderful Win10 experience. And I say this with the thickest sarcasm I possibly can.

My laptop came bundled with this bollocks because of course it did. Can't buy a stupid bloody PC with a blank hard drive.

I tolerated it as long as I could. And then I decided that ENOUGH WAS BLOODY ENOUGH.

I got a second drive, and switched over to Linux.

Steam works just fine. I am testing Proton for Windows Steam game compatibility.
WINE works just fine. I have just fired up RPG Maker MZ, working A-1.

Everything I need doing, Linux can do, and most often, do better. So dear old shitty Win10 will rot away on the M2 SSD in my laptop until the glorious day where I get to delete this virus.

Switching 100% to Linux is going to require a few brain cells, and some time. It's not as easy as M$ bollocks. But, it's a switch I am glad I pulled the trigger into finally making.

Gone are the autoupdates.
Gone are the BSOD.
Gone is the resource hogging.
Gone are the headaches.
It's like someone pulled a large shard of broken glass from my side and nursed the wound back to health.

Burn in Muspelheim, Windows 10. And even that is too good for this bloated resource-hog crashy piece of trash.

Fuck Windows 10.

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeFri Oct 08, 2021 9:46 pm

Nice!

The only OS worse than W10 is W8 (and of course Vista).

When I reinstalled W10 I had to spend some time setting the privacy options off, disabling the cloud thingy and making sure Cortana wouldn't run by messing with the registry.

By the way who uses Cortana? It's totally useless.

W8 was terrible though. Do you remember when it came out and people were confused because there was no start menu to speak off and you add to use an app to get that feature back? I want to say good times but frankly it was a major pita.

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeSat Oct 09, 2021 5:06 am

Vista was like Win7 1.0 -- had plenty of flaws, but it needs to be acknowledged as historically important because it is, this flop led to the best version of Win ever, something that has never ever been matched. Also, for Win10, did you download the nifty Spybot Anti-Beacon? Takes care of nearly all the telemetry and spying options of Win10

Cortana is useless toot -- it's basically an evesdropping spy, I avoid those useless "assistants" like the plague. Same on iPhone, I disable Siri, and I nuked Bixby on my S20.

I myself was fortunate enough to skip Win8 completely, so I only have heard the whispers of how terrible it was. I suppose in a way I can see trying to merge the tablet interface, but it was so dumbed down it wasn't funny.

Here is the Linux flavour I installed. It's Ubuntu based sadly but I can hardly tell because it looks and feels so MacOS like. The Application story is pretty terrible and I ended up sideloading stuff through Flathub.

WINE worked just fine so now I can use Windows MZ in Linux and I crossed all my data over. Of course it's not a perfect solution, but most of the important stuff will work just fine. Takes a bit of time and a few braincells to get running, but well worth it.

All that remains to test is Proton, and I am about to fire Viscera Cleanup Detail to see how well it handles Windows games on Linux. Valve is actively working on it because they value Linux as a gaming platform, so if that works well, then Windows has lost it's only edge.

Have a look and see if you fancy it. Battery life on my Acer Nitro 5 has been shockingly good with Linux.

https://elementary.io/

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeSat Oct 09, 2021 2:37 pm

Nice, I'll keep that in mind. I just reinstalled W10 the other day so I'm not too keen on going through the entire process of installing an OS just yet.

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeMon Dec 13, 2021 6:29 am

Update --

So every distro of Linux I tried, along with BSD, had some manner of issue with either Steam or WINE.

After being reminded of it by a friend of mine, I went ahead, downloaded and installed Fedora 35. The installation was quick and painless, and within less than 20 minutes it was up and running.

The interface, which I am told is GNOME, a desktop manager I have personally never used, took a bit of getting used to, but I don't mind it.

The next step was to install Steam, and WINE. Fedora has a GUI package manager, but I went old school and did it through BASH, Again, the process was quick and easy.

So I fired up Steam, and enabled Proton 6.8, for all unsupported games. This is where it got really interesting. Even with Proton enabled, ElementaryOS, FreeBSD, openSUSE, all would not run certain games. Fedora, OTOH, handled every single Windows-only game I threw at it without even breaking a sweat. Carmageddon Max Damage, Skyrim, Viscera Cleanup Detail, Deux Ex, DOOM, Wolfenstein... all ran just fine. So did all Windows native RPG Makers.

Next up on the chopping block was WINE. And this was the make or break for me. I have a non-Steam version of RPG Maker MZ, so it requires Windows emulation. Except for the fact I have no sound, WIndows MZ works just fine on Fedora also.

So at last I can finally stop distro-hopping. I've been running Fedora as my daily driver all week, and I only booted Win11 for copying files and so on.

Proton is smashing down the last barrier that was preventing users from moving away from Windows. MS should be very, very worried about this.

Bottom line -- at last I can truly toss Win11 in the bin. And I couldn't be any happier about it. Fedora has proven to be a sleeper hit, and I am glad I did go ahead and tried it. Cool Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeTue Dec 21, 2021 7:11 pm

Well, after a brief honeymoon with Fedora, it all went tits up. So I am back on the hunt again, and next up is Manjaro. I hate Arch and Arch-based distros but at this point I know Arch repositories are going to have what I need, so... Here we go again

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 22, 2021 3:12 am

Good hunting! Smile

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeWed Dec 22, 2021 5:03 am

The problem with Arch is that it's an elitist club who think they are better than everybody else. There's a meme going around in Linux groups saying "BTW I use Arch" to point out they have no lives and wasted way way too much time compiling a bloody distro from absolute scratch.

Now don't get me wrong, I pulled it off with Gentoo back in the day (same kind of philosophy, Linux Lego bricks) and quite frankly while the outcome of a personalized distro custom fitted for your hardware is amazing it's not something I want to do again. Manjaro bypasses all this bollocks and keeps the Arch software repos which is a win-win.

If all else fails I am just going to go back to the roots and return to Slackware, the old reliable.

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PostSubject: Re: Breaking free from Windows   Breaking free from Windows I_icon_minitimeThu Dec 30, 2021 9:53 pm

Manjaro is so far not bad. The only big issue is I downloaded the KDE version and switching to XFCE instead is a bit of a pain.

The big advantage of Manjaro is the rolling releases -- no need to upgrade, it does so automatically. And that's a huge point in it's favour.

Tha said I have not given up on my true love FreeBSD. I am going to be an absolute madman and do a triple boot of 11, Manjaro and FreeBSD. Fuck it.

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