Wooo-hoo. I’ve now switched over to Linux full time, now. Not even on my home machine do I run Windows.
The reasons are pretty basic and simple.
1. Windows doesn’t care about your privacy. There was a time when this wasn’t true, but through Windows 8.* to Windows 10, this has become a relic. Nowadays, with each and every patch, you had better check your settings, because I can guarantee you that something in them has changed back to the default. It’s not just a one and done type of deal. I used Spybot Antibeacon when I ran Windows. If I didn’t run it after every time Windows got updated, I’d be screwed.
2. Windows sucks at everything, except for maybe gaming. With the newest Steam updates and the likes of Proton, I can play almost anything without much hassle. Steam’s upgrading Proton as you’re reading this, and it’s just going to keep getting better.
3. Lutris. Lutris is a website that’ll help you install anything that’s not Proton enabled on Steam.
3a. WINE. Meh. WINE is kind’a a mixed bag. It’s great if you’re running enterprise applications such as Word, or PhotoShop, or Abobe Premiere. However, it’s not so great when you’re trying to run games that are constantly being upgraded. Or one of the launchers, hint hint nudge nudge Origin, uPlay, Epic.
4. It’s not that difficult to learn. You can go and install Mint right now and have it be (almost) exactly like Windows. Sure, there’s a learning curve there, but Mint’ll cushion the blow. This was the installation I started with. Hell, it’s the installation I’m on now. But my other computer, my gaming computer, is now Manjaro. My laptop downstairs, Ubuntu.
*shrug* It feels good to finally be free of the yoke of the chain of MicroSoft.