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Jason Espin

I've never seen anything that Linux could do that Windows can't.

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Tim Apple Author

I think the draw to Linux for many is more the libre spirit. The doing things on your own terms and no one will make you do different. Plus the whole privacy thing also.

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Carl Draper • Edited

I find that Linux distros have all the tools i want for free, and many are preinstalled. e.g. When i install Windows I have to find a decent DVD writer app when Linux has K3B for free. Mac OS doesn't have an equivalent either, you have to pay for something like Toast

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Tim Apple Author

What’s a DVD?....... I’m just kidding, that is a good point but personally an item that doesn’t matter to me.

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Carl Draper

that's just the first thing that sprang to mind. It usually takes me far longer to get Windows how i want it since it lacks so much out the box.

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Tim Apple Author

I'm curious to what it lacks out of the box.. I install, edge-dev, chrome, firefox, VSCode, Slack, Spotify, Standard Notes, Windows Terminal, and WSL... Minus firefox, I have to manually install all that on Linux also after an install.. Of course WSL isn't needed, nor the terminal. But not to big of a difference.

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Carl Draper

it's not just what's missing, it's that you have to go through finding all the exe files for them or browse the net for them. In Linux they are an "apt install" or search in Synaptic or whatever away

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Tim Apple Author

Spotify, VSCode, Standard Notes.. I all go to the actual website for and download deb or appimage. No different. I do know Spotify is in a lot of repos now or you can use the snap.. same with code. But I like to get those straight from the source. And Standard notes I have no choice. Once Windows is installed and updated (Which is slow) I can have everything else done after that in 15 or 20 minutes at most. Maybe even less.

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Carl Draper

updates are still the major rub for me with Windows. They are so much smoother in Linux, they don't get in the way or slow down boot time

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Tim Apple Author

Updates can suck, but to be honest I haven't had much issue with them. It's a lot like iOS now..where it will download it but you can wait on the install/reboot till the end of the day if you want.

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Carl Draper

i don't have set times i use the machine, and it prompts me about updates in the middle of GTA V sometimes!

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Tim Apple Author

That would suck, I haven't been in that situation. I'm usually working and if a update alert comes up I can just ignore it and keep at it.

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Jason Espin

Quick tip on the reinstalling everything front. Use chocolatey. I've have one script setup that installs all of my applications in Windows on a fresh build. Only pre-requisite is installing chocolatey which doesn't take any time at all.

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Tim Apple Author

I just discovered chocolatey recently, used it to install git... I need to get used to using it more.