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Discussion on: Linux, the right choice?

princeofhackers profile image

Wow you did have a bad experience. I actually do remember running into the secure boot and the wifi drivers issue on a system once, I guess we get to blame the secure boot people for that, just as many others have done, they have chosen to only fully support Windows, which causes Linux and other OSs problems sometimes. Secure boot DOES work, but not if you have to use proprietary driver modules in the kernel, because apparently secure boot can't authenticate them.

I am with you on the Unity desktop, can't stand it. And while you can install different desktop environments, installing one other than the distro default often gets you right in the same boat of having to edit stuff manually to get it working.

I did a similar thing with my /home when I switched from PopOS to Debian, it didn't cause me any major issues, does seem like I remember having to tell it that partition was my /home though, it tried by default to use something else.

I can't say I have had similar experience with Windows, every single time I have booted a windows install on different hardware, I have had mega issues. Most of the time it wouldn't even boot.

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martinhaeusler profile image
Martin Häusler

Maybe I was just unlucky, who knows. It's interesting that the same (!!) WiFi card works with Ubuntu (while secure boot is on) while it doesn't work with Mint. Either way - those are the reasons why I can't recommend Linux to the typical end user. For a developer - sure, go ahead, by all means.

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princeofhackers profile image

That is interesting, I just assumed I couldn't use secure boot with the card I was working with. I did notice on my wife's laptop, Mint wanted to load a proprietary driver for her Wifi card, but I told it no because the open source driver was already loaded and working fine.

I definitely agree that for most end users, Linux can be a problem. When it "just works" it's great, but when something breaks, you have to get under the hood to fix it.

That being said, I feel Windows is not as much better in that regard. 90% of my income for my part time computer repair business is end users who call me because Windows isn't working right on their computer and they can't figure out how to fix it. Only difference in the repair process is that most repairs in Windows are from the GUI, I generally only use CLI for information gathering.

And Windows breaks a LOT more often, usually due to updates. Once I have a stable Linux based system setup for a customer, I usually don't get called back unless they want to add something new. Windows on the other hand, I get 30 voicemails every six months when Microsoft releases their updates and stuff that was fine stops working.

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iradatur profile image
iradatur rahmatullah

youre right, windows OS are not worth for web dev / mobile dev. someone using windows coz adobe and games if for video/music editing Mac is choice