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Noah Ginsburg • Edited

more people decide to use Linux over Windows or macOS to power their desktop setups or laptops.

Well that's not true: we've only got like 2% market share of personal machines.

gs.statcounter.com/os-market-share...

But for me, gosh. I've got 2 Linux laptops. Ones just hooked into my TV (ever run i3wm on a 65in TV?)
The other is used for development. Both run a Debian derivative. I run a personal server at home off of ubuntu (honestly just for configuration consistently with my other machines)

Then a couple Pi's sitting around doing menial tasks for me..

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Alex Georgiev Author

I hope that the number of people will increase in time! People are having fun and they really enjoy using Linux! I have so many friends that were so negative about Linux, but when I showed them how easy is to use it and that most of the apps they use are also available in Linux at least they changed their mind about Linux!

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Noah Ginsburg

That's not my experience! Lol my friends either already are into it, or were like "oh no, that's that system for computer geniuses" and refuse to give it a chance.

But that's really cool you got some of your friends to at least check it out!

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Alex Georgiev Author

I hope they didn't lie to me just so I can stop showing them how cool Linux is! :D

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Ian Wijma

I asked my partner to try out Linux on her new desktop, and if she doesn't like it. I will just install windows for her.

Thus far she managed to do all tasks she normally would.

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Alex Georgiev Author

That is great! I really hope she finds Linux user friendly! As mentioned in the post Linus it's user friendly (although sometimes it can be very picky about who its friends are) :D

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Alex Georgiev Author

Thanks for sharing! I have my raspberry connected to my TV. The reason is my TV is not smart and I use the raspberry with Kodi and using it to Mirror my phone screen to easily watch some youtube videos or watch movies whenever I have time to do so.

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Carl-Erik Kopseng

I was like ... eh ... what, that isn't true too when I read that. But I just recently realized there is no editorial process on dev.to so anyone can post any statement without facts backing it up, so here we go 🤠 I remember starting to hear about how next year might be The Year of Linux on the Desktop, winning normal folks over, way back in 2000. People (magazines, really) started shutting up about it before 2010 realising that this never materialized and never will. The closest Linux has been to being deployed on every desktop computer is ironically Windows and the WSL. Quite the irony in the end 😁 I started using Linux in 1999 (RH6) to free me from the shackles of the buggy Windows 98 SE. I never stopped using Linux, but two decades later I have gone full circle and I am now back on Windows to get away from the buggy GUI software on Linux 😂 Still mainly running all my tooling in the WSL2, of course ❤️

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Alex Georgiev Author

I believe that people should take advantage of both Linux and Windows if they can speed up their daily tasks or to create more content and use any software that is not available for Linux or Windows. Generally speaking, people should not choose to give up on any of both but maybe learn how to not to fully depend on any of them.

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Aaron Keisler

Sounds like my kind of setup! I dual boot my main PC with Windows 10 and Arch, and use Ubuntu via WSL on the Windows side. What sort of menial tasks are you automating with the Pis?

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Noah Ginsburg

So one of them is hooked up to my 3d printer as a receiver so I don't have to keep popping an sd card in and out of both my computer and my printer.