What was the last version of Windows you used before hopping on over? This includes the Linux greybeards too.

I was on Win10 but moved over as the end of life cycle is drawing near and I do not like Win11 at all.

Another thing for this change was the forced bloody updates, bro I just wanna shut down my PC and go to bed, if I wanna update it, I’ll do it on a Saturday morning with my coffee or something.

Lastly, all the bloat crap they chuck in on there that most users don’t really need. I think the only thing I kept was the weather program.

So what’s your reasoning for the change to the reliable and funni penguin OS?

  • Routhinator@startrek.website
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    Windows XP. I worked MSN tech support the year Blaster hit. I remember droning through the same repair steps every 15 minutes with caller after caller in a neverending stream that lasted for weeks.

    After a couple of weeks of this, my coworkers and I had a weekend off together and we planned to party it up and blow off some steam with a LAN Party with Freelancer and beers. I had my comp all prepped and ready, it was freshly reinstalled and the game had been tested and benchmarked.

    I came home from a long shift to find the one of the new Blaster variants, which used a new vulnerability that had not been patched until I had been at work that day. It had triggered so many reboots while I was at work it triggered NTFS corruption somehow. I had to reinstall… And I had done nothing to deserve that.

    That virus fucking broke me. I went to work after that weekend and went to the Linux guru in Tier 3, and said “Teach me”.

    I have never looked back with the exception of having to install it for a specific reason, and I’m usually appalled at the state of it. I just had to install Win 11 for a Google Cloud certification exam (DaFuq!?!?!) and with all the issues I encountered it took about 6 hours to get it ready for the exam. Win11 doesn’t come with network drivers anymore? Two NICs and a WiFi card in my machine, and none of them had drivers in the install. Nice to see we’ve gone full cycle back to Windows ME, except the OEM bloatware is a core part of the OS.

    When my wife finally dropped Windows a month ago between the ads and recall, it marked the death of daily users of Windows in our house. I’m raising my kid on Linux.

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    Somewhat new Linux user Main laptop was win11, tested dual-booting on it slightly Fully committed to Linux when my laptop got infected with copilot Now win11 is just there as a tool for specific hardware while Arch Linux as the main

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    I think it was win 8. I’ve dual booted excessively until dxvk basically made such a dent in the gaming exclusivity that I just stayed and enthusiastically followed it grow into perfection

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    My “main” OS timeline was:

    • Apple II/C64
    • MS-DOS
    • OS/2
    • Linux

    Technically I used windows 3.1 at times in DOS and OS/2 for some specific piece of software, but it was never what I primarily used and I don’t consider Windows 3.1 a proper operating system, it’s just a desktop environment.

    Not sure exactly when, but I know by 2000 I was fully on board the Linux train.

    Started using Linux in the days of floppy boot and root diskettes. Lived through the days of hand-crafted SLIP scripts for dial up internet. The days of needing to pay for working sound drivers. Manually calculating modelines in Xfree86.

    I have primarily used Windows at work, probably been 99% windows and 1% Unix/Linux. I have had windows laptops and virtual machines for certain specific use cases but it has never been my main.

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      Wow OS/2! Windows 3.1 was awful but Windows 95 being so polished must have made you mad! Villain origin story material. My timeline was a more boring Apple II > Motorola Mac > Power PC Mac > Intel Mac > AMD Ubuntu > M1 Mac. AMA.

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    I used Windows 11 on my tablet. Might I say 95° CPU when no applications are turned on is not okay. And the fans being 5000 RPM with NOTHING turned on since buying the tablet. And all the telemetry, tracking, ads, abuse, bloat, malware, spyware, blah blah blah. After switching to Fedora, I can barely notice the fans, and even in games they are really silent. The tablet is NEVER hot. Though battery got killed by Windows already, I guess if I’ll replace it, I will get more of my tablet.

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    Windows 10.

    I wanted customization. Windows provided customization, sure, but like in the worst way possible. Want to change the system colors or what buttons look like? Download this third party theme and apply it with bloated tools that are probably malware in disguise!

    Meanwhile on Linux (NixOS), I can just change a few lines in my dotfiles and it works. Sometimes it’s inconvenient but I’m not really looking for convenience.

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    XP when I started going main on Linux. Windows 7 was the last version I had installed for games on a dual boot. Linux was always just more fun. I always felt like it was my computer and I wasn’t constantly fighting the computer to make it work for me. Going to a tiling window manager was the point of no return though, my workflow changed so much that my productivity outside a tiling window manager plummeted.

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    Windows 11. It was just so damn frustrating. about once or twice a year it would randomly kill my wifi adaptor for whatever unknown reason. regardless of uninstalling and reinstalling the drivers, nope, would just prevent the wifi from connecting to anything and the ONLY solution was a OS reinstall.

    also my main machine is a laptop. a gaming laptop at that. with Win11 I could average about 30 to 45min out of the battery. It was just such a hassle to go anywhere (I work remotely a lot) and always have to look for a plug. Windows just ate my battery like it was a t-bone steak. I even thought I had to replace my battery.

    Then I just finally had enough and decided to try out Linux. Someone here on Lemmy suggested Mint as a good starter for me. Played around with it for like 3 days and decided to just backup everything and wipe my machine and install linux.

    Used Mint for maybe 2 weeks beforce deciding to switch to CachyOS. Mint was fine and all but wasn’t great with my Nvidia GPU. CachyOS has been awesome. Everything is faster. my laptop boots up super quick now, games run at twice the FPS than they did on Windows and my battery…holy shit my battery WASN’T dying. I now get 4 hours (!!!) out of it. For that reason alone i’ll never go back to Windows.

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    It was Windows 10 for me but it was not my first attempt.

    The first time I failed to install linux was when I was a teenager in 2003. I don’t remember which Windows version I had then, maybe 98, but I was hating it with a burning passion which hasn’t improved with the next versions. It seems every new Windows version was specifically made to piss me off even more and make the experience of using my computer worse. I tried installing linux as soon as my parents bought a new computer and gave me the old one, chose Red Hat (not RHEL) because it had an installation guide that was marginally more understandable than what I found concerning debian, but it was still pretty lacking and I failed :(

    Then last year I finally tried again after accidentally letting through a Windows 10 update (“accidentally” because I had a firewall blocking everything, especially Windows services). That was the update with fucking EdgeView, which broke all my work flow by breaking the CTRL+Arrow keys+Space to select multiple files and requiring to release and re-press the CTRL key each time. This came six months after I had to wipe my entire drive and reinstall Windows after getting infected, probably by cryptomining malware, by running a random exe from github to remove the Edge browser, which I only did out of desperation after all the other solutions to remove it failed (command line, powershell, registry, etc). To be fair to the malware though, it did remove Edge, and I can respect malware developers with professional ethics. I’m much less mad at the malware than I am at Windows for stressing me so much to resort to running randoms exes. Besides, there were so many times where random exes from the internet saved my sanity from Windows induced breakdowns…

    As for the why :

    • I don’t want my OS deciding how I should use my computer.
    • I don’t want it to serve me piss and tell me that I should like it.
    • I don’t want it deciding what configuration I should be allowed to do, what needs to be hidden to make it as inconvenient as possible to change, and what it won’t let me do at all unless I try third party apps to basically hack my system.
    • I don’t want it to stress me so much with the lack of control, transparency and understanding that I am often left in a burnout state, too mentally exhausted to attempt to change anything with my setup, all from the strain of constantly having to find very convoluted hacks for simple things while having no clue as to how or why anything works or doesn’t work.
    • I don’t want it to prevent me from doing what I want to do. Even if what I want to do is incredibly stupid, let me do it and learn why it is stupid.
    • I want to be able to actually understand how it works, at least somewhat.
    • I don’t want pre-installed apps, if I want something I am perfectly capable of installing it myself thank you very much.
    • I don’t want to have to spend 1-2 weeks debloating at each new reinstall.
    • I don’t want updates running automatically and installing random stuff, reactivating features I had disabled or resetting stuff I had configured, all without ever telling me what it’s doing. I don’t want to get so stressed by updates that I set my firewall to block the updater, and security be damned.
    • I want to be able to choose how I interact with my computer and not be forced into one way decided for me.
    • GIMME BACK MS-DOS ! Or any non graphical session. I don’t care if I can do the same thing more easily and efficiently in a GUI, I want the option not to use one if only because it makes me happy. When I was a child and I thought computers were like magic, my parents showed me the magic spells to type in the DOS to run games from floppy disks or to launch Windows 3.11 and I felt like a computer wizard. I even read the MS-DOS manual that came with the computer, in secret because I wasn’t supposed to actually use the DOS except to launch games or Windows, but it was just too fascinating to resist. Then Windows 95 came along and since then I’ve felt like a child being constantly condescended to.
    • I don’t want it to be a RAM blackhole.
    • I don’t want it to collect information on me.
    • I don’t want it to require an internet connection or an account that is not local.
    • I don’t want it to be controlled by a corporation.
    • I want to be able to play video games (that’s mostly what kept me from trying again to install linux for 20 years).

    Since switching to linux and distro-hopping a lot I have added the following, which I hadn’t even know were even possible before :

    • I don’t want anything at all preinstalled or preconfigured. Just give me a tty and let me waste my time building my system from there and learn how it works, maybe I’m crazy but it’s fun (yes I ended up on arch btw).
    • If I ever again have to use a desktop cluttered with shortcuts or a start menu I’m going to scream. I used to Windows+R most of my apps because I can’t take the time wasted by endlessly clicking everywhere, but even that was a pain (rofi is great, rofi is awesome, rofi is god)
    • I’m NEVER going back to floating windows. You’ll take my tiler from my cold dead hands.

    Definitely not going back =D

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    Personally, XP.

    Professionally, I’ve been subjected to Windows 10, but promptly installed Linux (and win 10 in a VM). I have refused job offers that insist on windows 10, and will refuse Mac centric press as well.

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    Windows XP, but I was dual booting windows 95 and red hat 5 (not RHEL 5) in the 90s :)

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    I “switched to Linux” from Windows 2000 but I have also had machines running with Windows and macOS during that time. My last work computer was Windows 11 ( but I hardly used it ).

    Hard to really put into words what kept me in Linux. At times, it has required work and knowledge Windows would not have demanded of me. At the same time, Linux has been largely free of “nonsense”. It just always felt like home.

    [ Edit: thinking about I more. I have used Linux since 1992 and honestly moved from primarily OS/2 to mostly Linux. I really liked Windows 2000 though and used it well into the XP era. ]

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      I think Windows 10 is the best version they ever made but Windows 11 is a total fraud. So many elements are just wallpaper on top of old underpinnings, fake it til you make it but also less utility while being no more useful. I prefer Gnome to Win 11.

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    Early Windows 7. I was fed up with Windows and switched to hackintosh. 6 years ago I switched to Linux only.