This is a post that really resonates with me. I continue to run Linux on a VPS, a Raspberry Pi 4 and even a shared desktop system at home. However, my daily drivers are a Windows 11 laptop, a Pixel phone and an ebook reader and note-taking wunderkind in the form of a Kobo Elipsa. Plenty of Linux in my life where it's needed snd where it's not

A Sombre Goodbye To Linux

@ScottMortimer Yeah this is absolutely my experience also. I've loved linux for many years, but I abandoned it as a daily driver about 6 months ago.

I earn a living as a financial consultant. If productivity is my ultimate priority then a linux desktop is just a distraction.

I'm running an ubuntu DE in a virtual machine for development hobby projects, and OFC a linux server at home, but I doubt I'll go back to a linux DE as a daily driver.


I guess it is all about what you are trying to do. I get all the stuff done that I want to with Linux. And I also think a lot depends on what you are trying to do and run. I'll think of something has been running Windows for 10 years and Linux systems for one or two years they could have a lot easier time with Windows.
I haven't used windows as a daily driver for years, but I think I still can get around the C:\ prompt easier.. 🤷‍♂️

@ScottMortimer Pretty valid points. Part of the reason why my primary OS of choice for the time being is macOS, though I do use Linux in plenty of other ways (Ubuntu Touch tablet, Raspberry Pi server, etc.)

@ScottMortimer Same here. Except my primary OS at home is MacOS with Linux and Windows running in VM Player. I need those mostly for printing and running Windows only apps. For some reason HP hasn't made a driver for my printer for macOS so Windows or Linux handle that. Linux is for servers primarily. Seems to thrive there. Desktop not so much.

@ScottMortimer I'm with you on this one. From a pure OS standpoint, I love Linux But from a 'I can use the programs I need for my daily drive,' Windows / Mac win out every-time.

@ScottMortimer I totally understand the frustration. But it doesn't have to be either-or. Run what works best for you. If that is Windows, add on WSL2 and you get access to the power of Linux along with it. Best of both worlds.

@ScottMortimer I don't think I could go back to using Windows. I did have my gripes with Linux as I found that I was eternally tweaking things to improve productivity so much that I'd never actually do anything productive.

Switching from KDE to GNOME solved most of that headache for me as it's less customisable and more fluid imo because of it.

I'm not sure I agree with the software bit either. The repos in Arch make finding, installing and updating software comparatively easy imho.

@ScottMortimer I get it, for sure, and of course each person has to draw the line where it makes sense for them. For me the way around this is to maintain a Windows VM in my personal Linux box, as well as an RDP connection to my Windows office PC. When I'm working I use one of those two for things that work better in Windows, and Linux for everything else.

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