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Discussion on: Linux Vs Windows - Why Linux Is Better For Programming & Web Dev (A newbie experience)

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Roelof Jan Elsinga

I agree with you! Windows is there for anyone to work with. It's quite easy and doesn't require a lot of work for most things to work.

Things like MS Word/Excel don't work natively on Linux, but they do work just fine when using Wine. Whether you want to go through the process of setting that up is another matter, I personally don't do that, but you could.

You mentioned that when you use your PC you just want it to work and it shouldn't crash for no apparent reason. Can I assume that you used a rolling release distro like Fedora, Arch or Manjaro? Generally, things don't break on snapshot release distros like Debian and Ubuntu. In fact, I've run my current installation for 2 years without any problems. When using Windows I had to reinstall my entire computer every 6 months to get rid of viruses, corrupt files, or just to make it "fast" again.

You're completely right about there being less gaming and program support, that's why I never say that you shouldn't use Windows. It just has more support for specific programs and most games are built for Windows. The Linux community is improving every day, but right now Windows is still better for these use-cases. So I fully agree with you that saying "there are no downsides" is simply untrue for most people. Linux distros are getting better every day, so someday it might be true that there are no downsides at all. It'll be a great day when that happens!

If you do want to switch and just want it to work, here are some amazing distros you could try:

  • Zorin OS (For Windows users)
  • Pop_OS! (For gamers)
  • Elementary OS (For Mac users)

They're very user-friendly and you don't need the terminal on these if you don't want it.

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ilovekuchen

Hello my friend!

How do you get Excel and word to work with wine?I mean the new version with Al the cool features. Libre can easily take a comparison with 2013 office and gimp doesn't have to fear a 10y old Photoshop that could run with wine but the new things are better,and more expensive with subscribe model haha.

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Roelof Jan Elsinga

I've never tried it, I go with the libre office suite, the open office suite, or the Google docs/sheets software. So I've never missed Excel at all. Maybe those are good enough for your use case as well?

Gimp is nothing like Photoshop unfortunately. I loved Photoshop and I don't really understand Gimp. So that's the only software I really miss at the moment.

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ilovekuchen

Ye Excel and Office is better by many points, most which i cannot explain to you because i lack the expertise on the software.I can tell you that it is there though because people i trust and are experts at it say so.
If i gave a way to run office suite on linux i would have dozens of people i personally know switch in a heartbeat but how it looks they will simply enable wsl2 and say hey i got linux too and still got my office.

Gimp is nothing like photoshop but not neccesarily worse. Photoshop is an industries standard though and if you WORK with graphics of any sort you NEED to fit with your coworkers do. That's all.

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Roelof Jan Elsinga

You're completely right! And those arguments make complete sense, there is no point in switching if it makes your work more difficult. So if it works for you and your colleagues, stay on Windows. Eventually all of those things will work on Linux and then it might be worth the effort to switch.

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ilovekuchen • Edited

There is two things that i doubt: Good windows networking and adobe/Office on Linux.

Right now wsl2+mate+i3+a sack of rice is available with windows for those who like that hobby and at the same time you can use windows. The one reason to not use windows as a daily driver now is if you enjoy final cut pro the most.
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