Over the last year or so I’ve changed operating systems more times than a fictional spy changing his identity. I’ve jumped from Windows to several versions of Linux, back to Windows and back to Linux. I recently switched back to Windows and I thought it would be the end of the discussion. However, with Microsoft’s assault on its user base with trying to force everyone to upgrade to Windows 10, my confidence in the company as a brand and as an OS has been shaken.
I think it was Microsoft’s attempt at sneaking the “Get Windows 10” upgrade script in with their normal security updates. After learning about the incident and how users were complaining about PCs being “upgraded” in the night, I feel like I can no longer trust my own operating system. It’s that reason alone that has me looking over the landscape of Linux distros.
Don’t get me wrong, all isn’t perfect in the *nix world. I’ve had issues with finding the right distribution that works with my hardware with minimal fuss. I need something that is stable enough for daily work, but isn’t afraid to give me updates to apps I use. Also also need to work between Linux and windows 7 as my life is currently in the middle of both worlds.
What I may end up installing may be different than I would recommend to the reader. While I’m not expert, I know my way around the terminal and can triage little issues that may appear on occasion. A new user to Linux shouldn’t have to go through that. However, while our distros may be different, the apps I plan to cover will be the same across most, if not all distributions.
In my next post I’ll cover which distributions are good for new users as well as give you a glimpse into my operating system.
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