5 Reasons Why Windows 10 Might Make You Switch to Linux

Danny Stieben 23-10-2015

Windows 10 has been out for a few months now, and although it isn’t quite as bad as Windows 8 was, there has still been plenty of criticism for Microsoft’s new everlasting operating system.


Here are five top reasons why Windows 10 might irk you enough to make the switch to Linux.

The Spying

Soon after Windows 10 was released and tech geeks like ourselves combed through the new available settings, it was apparent that Windows 10 tracks you — a lot. In fact, it’s fairly safe to say that Windows 10 tracks just about everything you do on your computer.

It can keep track of what apps you’ve installed, how long you’ve used them, which websites you’ve visited, recordings of your voice via Cortana (and it records non-stop so long as “Hey Cortana” is enabled), and probably much more.

You can turn many of these settings off Everything You Need to Know About Windows 10's Privacy Issues While Windows 10 has some issues that users need to be aware of, many claims have been blown out of proportion. Here's our guide to everything you need to know about Windows 10's privacy issues. Read More in order to protect your privacy as much as possible, but this doesn’t stop everything and the fact that most of these are enabled by default says a lot about Microsoft’s intentions.

With Linux, you won’t have to worry about your computer spying on you at an operating system level. While it’s true that Ubuntu has an Amazon tie-in, you can easily disable this with just one setting and you can also completely remove the package that provides it. However, if that still bothers you, there are plenty of other Linux distributions available that are completely spyware-free.


The Windows Ecosystem

With Windows 10, Microsoft is pushing hard to integrate its other products and services into the operating system How to Set Up Cortana & Remove Her in Windows 10 Cortana is Microsoft's greatest productivity tool since Office. We'll show you how to get started with Windows 10's digital assistant or how to turn Cortana off for improved privacy. Read More . Cortana, OneDrive, Office — the list is long and will continue to grow. This is fine if you enjoy Microsoft’s ecosystem, but statistics show that there’s a relatively small number of people who do.

If you’d rather just use the tools you need without getting tied into an ecosystem, you’ll have a much easier time with Linux.

LibreOffice is a stand-alone office product, you can choose your own cloud storage service without a particular, pre-selected default or host your own with ownCloud, and pick whatever other software you may prefer. And no matter what cloud service you pick, it won’t force you to be online to view your files as long as they’re synced to your computer — unlike Windows 10 and OneDrive.

The User Interface

Windows 8 got a lot of flack for its user interface changes. Windows 10 tries to blend the Windows 8 style with the traditional style to get this interesting hybrid that sort of brings back the start menu A Guide to the Windows 10 Start Menu Windows 10 fixes the Start Menu dilemma! Getting to grips with the new Start Menu will supercharge your Windows 10 experience. With this handy guide, you'll be an expert in no time. Read More . Don’t like it? That’s too bad if you stick with Windows 10.


Linux, on the other hand, has many different desktop environments available that can give you different user experiences. Each one is also a lot more customizable than Windows 10’s user interface, so you get plenty of choices and tweaking ability to make them a perfect fit for you.

What’s Really Running On Your Computer?

Do you really know what’s running on your system when you use Windows 10? Sure, you can say, “I’m running Windows 10!” But you probably can’t go into many more specifics than that. So you can’t be sure what kind of code is running on your computer.

What’s worse, now that Microsoft can push updates to your computer at will Pros & Cons of Forced Updates in Windows 10 Updates will change in Windows 10. Right now you can pick and choose. Windows 10, however, will force updates onto you. It has advantages, like improved security, but it can also go wrong. What's more... Read More (and you can’t stop it), you won’t know if a random update that you don’t notice suddenly adds more spying functionality to the operating system.

On Linux, you won’t have that problem. You can always look through the package lists to know exactly what is installed on your computer. You’re free to add or remove any package that you’d like, and you can also control package updates. If there’s an update you don’t want for whatever reason, you’re not forced to install it, nor is it installed behind your back. That can give you more peace of mind when using your computer.


The Performance

Windows 10 also has a lot of features running in the background that take up system resources. Without any modification, the operating system will load Cortana, OneDrive, Windows Defender, and a whole lot more. Even if you have enough RAM to hold everything that Windows 10 wants to load without having to compress what’s loaded onto the RAM, it will take a while for it all to load.

Linux, on the other hand, is generally much leaner thanks to its highly-modular nature, one that allows you to pick and choose what you want to run on your system. Sure, you can make it use just as many resources as Windows 10 (or more!) by running KDE 5 The New KDE Plasma 5 Desktop Is Gorgeous -- Here's How To Try It While the KDE Frameworks is considered to be stable, not all things KDE have been modernized. However, you can use other methods to try out KDE 5 until it's widely available. Read More with high-resolution icon sets and large extensions, but you can run it minimally too with just Openbox Need A Fresh Desktop Environment for Linux? Try Openbox Or xmonad Read More or i3.

The proof that Linux is better at using system resources is there in the market — what operating system do most low-powered devices run? Linux, of course.

Let Linux Help You With That

It’s no secret that someday Microsoft will cease support for all versions of Windows except Windows 10. If you’re worried about Windows 10, or simply don’t like the changes it brings, try a flavor of Linux!


We have plenty of guides on getting started with Linux 5 YouTube Videos to Help You Get Started with Linux Here are five YouTube videos that demonstrate just how easy it is for a Windows user to get started with Linux. Read More , as well as useful lists of the best Linux software you can get The Best Linux Software and Apps Whether you're new to Linux or you're a seasoned user, here are the best Linux software and apps you should be using today. Read More . You might be surprised at how much more you’ll like using your computer.

What feature or characteristic of Windows 10 do you like the least? Let us know in the comments!

Image Credits:Stressed and angry businessman by alphaspirit via Shutterstock

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  1. John
    January 4, 2020 at 7:43 pm

    After many attempts at linux, typing this in Fedora 31, and many at windows 10 I can only report: Windows works and Linux needs work. Microsoft has been able to iron out all the major issues with windows and office. The Linux world is still struggling at getting a decent reliable desktop version. Linux rocks on servers but sucks on desktop. Every update might break a major feature copy paste between applications, repairing boot problems,, etc. etc. Thinks that Windows got way behind. It is the small little things that break down occasionally. The linux developers are geeks and love to tinker with things that already work splendidly, breaking down the basics. I'm typing this on Gnome3 Fedora31 and the girls and guys of the X11 input department figured it time to tamper with the keyboard module. I can not type the same key multiple times. It is a pain to type success as the second c and s are ignored: suces. Linux developers should be ashamed. Microsoft is investing big time in open source development but getting a snuby nose in return. And don't get me started on LibreOffice. It is stuck in the 70ies

  2. John S
    July 2, 2018 at 9:09 pm

    Objectively I can't always recommend Linux desktop OS to everyone. Some users just want things to work and Linux OS is obviously very easy to install and use as a desktop GUI. But the OS is hardly the issue here, as people have grown accustom to certain programs and/or applications and doing things a certain way. As with any change it comes with a learning curve and the commitment to embrace the change. Maybe its way Linux desktop only see's somewhere around a 2% market share with operating systems. Its because people are so used to Windows being what their used to. Not many want to stray too far from that. The other thing that scares people away from trying Linux is the excessive list of distro's available to install. It get's almost ridiculous when you think about . I have helped many users try Linux only to realized its too much involved to learn and adapt to new OS and find new applications to replace others. In the end they ask to go back to Windows. The success rate for switching to Linux from Windows is pretty low. Those who succeed are most likely happy they did.

  3. Octavian
    March 5, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Hello and thank you for all the info here.
    Is there a way to install 3DS Max 2016 on Linux? I know there is Blender for Linux which is a wonderful software similar to 3DS Max but I'm very advanced in 3DS and would love to switch to Linux. Any thoughts please?

    Thank you!

  4. SC
    December 18, 2017 at 7:03 pm

    Done with Windows after this weekend. Converting a Vista machine to Linux mint.

    The final straws

    1. Forced updates
    2. Hijacking my computer and turning on updates (Seriously, microsoft hiacked my computer on 12/14/2017 and turned ON updates and forced them. I had them turned off at the back end)
    3. Changing my security settings (camera, microphone, ad following. I had all those turned off. This machine doesn't even have a camera or microphone attached! Microsoft turned all that on and more.)
    4. Downloading and installing programs I had previously deleted and/or turned off
    5, Setting the update settings to MAX and using MAX processor, RAM and bandwidth to download said updates
    6. Costing me a whole lot of money in lost work.
    7. destroying my entire weekend because I got so far behind that I was forced to work all weekend. ANd into today. I won't be caught up until later tonight.

    Basically, I cannot control my computer for maximum productivity with windows 10 and I am over it. I cannot be down at any point. there is no time at which I am not using my machine or can afford to boot it and wait wait wait wait wait. I can't do it.

  5. Stone Forest
    April 2, 2017 at 10:19 am

    AFAICS, the ONLY justifiable reasons for using W10 are (online) gaming, and certain graphics or productivity tools. And no, WINE is not a realistic option.

    I recently installed W10 to a Lenovo T420 (i5 quad core & 8GiB RAM), and it is SLOW. (This is down to the fact that Micro$oft have finally done an 'Apple', and created a total 'experience' environment, whereby it is necessary to buy THEIR hardware to get the 'benefits' of THEIR ecosystem across all of 'your' devices; provided by them, of course. Actually, Canonical are heading in the same direction with Ubuntu 'convergence', albeit in a friendlier manner.)

    On top of that, there is the constant harrassment (bullying) from notifications and warnings popping up and flashing all over the place. Can Cortana please STFU? And where is everything? Where are my files? Why should I have to switch off a gross of default running applications to make an installation usable? And even then, it still does not feel like 'my computer'. In fact, W10's own dialog refers to it as 'This Computer'.

    I have used the Linux base (almost exclusively) since 2009. Yes: there is a lot to learn, and the learning process is unending; but it is 'MY computer', and my customised installation is so personally bespoke that most other people would not know how to use it. I even write all my own keyboard shortcuts. In this, Linux is like Lego or Meccano, whereas Windows is like a complete molded toy that cannot be disassembled without becoming disfunctional.

    Which brings us to security. I would never, ever, use Windows to do any form of online transaction, especially as it is necessary to install third party 'security' software to do so.

    In Linux, with its (generally) default firewall and lack of viri, I feel much more secure. For example, after doing online banking, I close the web browser, disconnect from the network, and run Bleachbit to clear the cache. And all of this runs at a user level (i.e. in '/home'). Windows simply does not have this inherent security: it feels like running at root level all of the time, but it's someone else who is actually root.

    Think about that.

    Thanks for a good article, Danny.

  6. gary
    January 28, 2017 at 2:44 am

    Already dumped windows 10 for linux mint I have never used linux but refuse to run windows 10 with that said its taken some time getting used to it but its worth it to avoid windows 10.

  7. Se7ensnakes
    October 17, 2016 at 6:14 pm

    I have used Linux since 1999, because i started to read about the upcoming Windows XP and its product key and it simply scared me.
    Today I pretty proficient with Linux, but I purchased a all in one computer and it already had windows 10 in it. Admittedly I was not used to it so grew a bit frustrated. After a while I was okay with it but I missed Linux. Why? All the programs that get into the system that you dont want, this include McCaffy virus protection, some store program that kept popping up. The mouse kept jumping. The whole system appear to be unusable.

  8. Clive
    October 10, 2016 at 2:45 pm

    I have in the past had an Apple mac which has just blown a gasket. Due to the cost of a replacement I have been forced to buy a PC with Windows 10 installed. The operating systems logic sequence of operation is the biggest load of crap, that any intelegent person could devise.

  9. logic
    August 25, 2016 at 10:42 am

    Windows 10 is annoying, but there are some things you cannot get around like gaming. PC game developers don't write AAA titles for Linux and by the time Linux is even considered the game has already been on the market for years. Not worth it in my opinion. I am willing to put up with some spying, I don't have anything to hide. Linux is useful and a wonderful transition if you tired of using Windows everyday. However, if you are a gamer, don't waste your time with Linux. Certain things can be done without Windows and gaming isn't one of them. I suggest having 2 computers (laptop/desktop) if you are a gamer or dual booting form one PC.

    • Jack B. Nimble
      August 31, 2016 at 5:11 pm

      Doesn't matter.

      Windows is already dead.
      It started with 8, but 10 finished it off.
      Games or no games, Win10 GUI is pathetic.

      Linux Mint GUI is tons better.
      2016 may not be the "year of Linux", but it's the year I started taking Linux seriously.
      It's also the year I started replacing Windows with Linux on all my machines.

      Looks better, works better, plays better.

      No serial needed.
      No product activation needed.
      No demo/crippled PC that can't be used without being tied to phone/internet activation.

      No apps spying on you.
      No auto-deleted apps (Like in Win10).
      No auto-listening Cortana spyware.

      No forced updates.
      No Metro tile ad garbage > 50% are "System" & can't be removed?
      No half baked start menu/start screen "duality" touch screen/PC confusion

      And, Linux Mint has Open Office, which has alternatives to Word, Excel, & PowerPoint.
      In addition to the freedom that comes with open source, knowing what your OS is doing!

      • Nicky
        August 31, 2016 at 5:25 pm

        You forgot a few:

        MS OS can only be used so long as they support it:
        Once they pull their activation servers for XP/Vista/7...?
        Users are unable to register/use their paid for OS...

        Your OS is in the control of MS:
        MS controls whether you use your OS. (It's still THEIR OS, they claim).
        MS controls # times you can use your OS. (No unlimited activation support).
        MS controls IF you can use your OS. (Can't activate? Pay $$$ & upgrade, cheapskate! You think an OS lasts forever?)

        MS is crippled by DRM:
        XP WMP11 cannot be installed, unless your XP is "verified genuine".
        XP/Vista/7/8 users may be blocked from installing updates, till "verified genuine".

        MS is crippled by security holes/backdoors:
        IE 7/8/9/10/11/Edge/etc all have active-X "auto-runs for the web", which means using Internet Exploder is about as safe as leaving the front door to your house wide open in a crime infested neighborhood & yelling how safe you are.

        IE active-x, even with whitelisting/blacklisting/whatever, so long as it is active & enabled by default, means your PC can be infected with malware simply by visiting a malicious website.

        They call this "drive-by downloads", meaning malware can auto download, install, & run on your PC, & you wouldn't see a thing since it uses Silent install mode.

        Chrome & Firefox with ABP are good.

        I noted on friends machines that seemed to automatically get infected almost every week or two, that when switching them to Chrome or Firefox, they almost stopped having any infections at all.


        Linux is tons more secure, since it runs apps in containers, meaning that even if an infection managed to do something, Linux itself is secure & can easily be recovered.

        Windows? Malware can destroy it!

        Linux is better at handling resources, doesn't constantly nag you with annoying "You may be a victim of software counterfeiting" messages, & is tons more secure & reliable.

        You can create a bootable Linux Live to use for trouble shooting.
        You can create a bootable Windows USB, but to make it "Live", you have to jump through hoops. You either install it to use, or you dont. Or, you jump through the hoops.


        Windows is dead!

  10. Anonymous
    April 29, 2016 at 4:24 pm

    Another great article; love the pic of the angry user! That's been me many times over the last few decades. That learning curve, mentioned often with this topic, is the issue for many; that's why smart-phones became so popular so fast; they require very little techie wisdom. They're like an elevator; you just push buttons.

    Look at the fax machine; though rendered obsolete with email (attachments) and the Internet, they stuck around exactly because way-too many people could not learn to use computers. They used them, but few ever really learned the full potential of such tech, and that will always be the case.

    Reading other make-use-of articles besides this one (and reading at other sites), the overriding theme for an OS change -- to Linux-based or otherwise -- is about usability (more accurately, simple-ability); driver issues mostly, but also the many how-to's, and worse of all, the dreaded Terminal.

    Windows became windowed, exactly because their little black box, which required exact code-words to make anything work, was an utter fail for the vast majority of users, back in the early days: I know; I was there! And while Terminal is easier once you know how, its that know-how at issue. But there are Distro's that all-but eliminate the need for it. See: //

    My laptop is a Chromebook (which are Ubuntu-based); my Intel-build PC is on L-Mint; I got a Fire tablet (that I androidified); and of course, I don't use smart-phones; talk about spying! I used to have only Windows-based everything, but not anymore: none now! But as a spying issue (on any OS), nothing tops Facebook, the veritable NSA of the world wide web!

    I reinvigorated an older 10" (Win 7 to 10) Asus Eee laptop, with Cub Linux on a new SSD. Love it! For those having trouble getting a new OS onto a Windows-shackled unit, get a USB 3.0 to 2.5" SATA III Hard Drive Adapter Cable: $12 at Amazon and a handy tool to have around (that, and a set of those tiny screw drivers).

    Pull the old HDD, tether it into another computer, and it becomes analogous to any external device. Back-up what you want kept, delete all the old OS files, typically partitioned on a Win-PC, and then (after reinstalled) load a Linux Distro onto that now-empty partition (learn how from all the links herein).

    Like Windows, the HDD is expiring tech; better to go "motionless" w/a new SSD! I still make use of my older large-capacity HDD's for (external) storage, via the cable. That way you only need a new SSD at like 32GB for a Linux-based OS (and all future added programs). And once you learn to use one Linux, you can then expand into other Distros; its fun.

    Cloud-based (server) storage and Open source is the future; its also the now! Better to break the learning curve, sooner than later, and there's nothing out there (right now anyway) better to do it with, than a Linux Distro, and I hear there's no easier transition from Windows-to-Linux, than the Zorin OS. Have not yet sampled it myself, though. Bon Appetit!

  11. Anonymous
    April 18, 2016 at 8:16 am

    The this i hate most about the Windows 10 is that Update can't be stopped. And they give security updates every week, since i don't have a broadband connection and using the internet by turning ON the threating from my smartphone, it really hurts me.

  12. gotenson
    March 26, 2016 at 12:04 am

    My win10 couldn't copy or open an old pdf that I saved on an external hard drive today. guess what? manjaro linux netbook edition had no problem with it.

  13. NationalizeMicrosoftPlz
    March 3, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Not only that, Start Menu on Windows 10 have been broken for 6 months for me.

    Just stick with Windows no matter how hard it is, you'll thank yourself for that.

  14. species8472
    February 21, 2016 at 7:30 pm

    With the exception of open source software, if you aren't paying for it, then you are the product. Windows 10 is not an operating system that serves the user, but a marketing platform, essentially spyware/spamware, which serves Microsoft. Of course they are pushing this "free upgrade" because it's designed to spy on us, guide us to sites and products which make money for Microsoft, and transition us to a software as a service model in which we pay continuous subscription fees instead of a one time purchase price. Microsoft (along with every other corporation) has concluded that consumers are gullible sheep who are easily manipulated. Acceptance of this new marketing platform posing as an operating system will prove them correct.

  15. Pat
    February 16, 2016 at 10:35 pm

    After all the pros and cons talked about Windows 10 and the fact it is free (like a free lunch), I single-handed it on to my 2nd PC, an Asus netbook. Long story short - didn't like it one bit.
    OK, so I loaded Lubuntu to replace Windows 10. I can't because -- "Windows 10 makes Secure Boot mandatory, locks out other operating systems"

  16. Felix
    January 29, 2016 at 1:18 pm

    Folks, I have been trying my very best to love the new windows 10. I installed it on a total of two laptops and 1 tablet. Nothing but issues on all of them, so here I am back on MINT and loving the speed and flexibility. Windows is for the masses, and that's why they have the corporate world sown up, but Linux is for the enthusiast who wants more. My PC works for ME, and not the other way around. Just didn't feel that way with WINDOWS 10, sorry Microsoft.

  17. Roger
    January 5, 2016 at 1:34 pm

    Hi, quick question, which distro and what theme have u used in those screenshots? I really love that theme

    • pavlos
      March 23, 2016 at 5:24 pm


    • Sinos
      August 8, 2016 at 12:04 pm

      You can try out Manjaro KDE edition!
      It also use KDE as its Desktop Envirionment as well as Kubuntu.
      What's more, its software is almost as bleeding edge as Arch Linux.

  18. Attila Hooper
    November 20, 2015 at 3:07 am

    @RV - are you indeed Satya Nadela, making fun of us ?

  19. Dr C M Patel
    November 17, 2015 at 2:11 pm

    I have been using Linux Elementary OS on pen drive. It is fantastically fast even on moderately old comp. Very eye candy and virus free. Handy and portable. Can run Windows apps on it via Wine. Fantastic.For personal use I strongly recommend this.

  20. Rio
    November 17, 2015 at 7:31 am

    Long live piracy. Microsoft has given 10 more reasons to pirate.

  21. Common Sense
    November 12, 2015 at 12:20 am

    Shitty article.

    • BrokenRobot
      December 11, 2015 at 6:06 am

      Shitty username.

  22. Anonymous
    October 30, 2015 at 12:55 pm

    I would completely abandon Windows if I could, but at work I have no choice but to use Windows. We use Open Office for our documents and Thunderbird for email, but we have to use Windows-only software like Solidworks so we are still strapped. Our domain controller is a Windows server (installed before me), but all of the servers I have added are Linux, mainly Debian except for our Intranet with is Linux Mint. For our workstations, I will stay on Windows 7 until I have no choice, then I will move most of them to Linux except for the engineering workstations.

  23. Anonymous
    October 30, 2015 at 5:04 am

    In future only linux will survive & all other proprietery software have to cease

  24. Anonymous
    October 29, 2015 at 11:38 pm

    Yep, been there done that. But when I was having to spend the same amount of time researching and changing and fixing stuff as I did with Windoze, I jumped ship and went Mac. haven't looked back.

  25. Anonymous
    October 29, 2015 at 10:22 pm

    I have switched to Linux and i haven't looked back.

  26. Anonymous
    October 28, 2015 at 9:57 am

    ONLY LINUX -----linux is the best

  27. Anonymous
    October 27, 2015 at 9:10 pm

    If your still using Windoze, you actually deserve the way Microshaft treats its customers..

  28. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 10:21 am

    I'm getting ready to change over to Linux over the period that Windows 7 continues to exist. My main problem is that I use lots of individual (non-Microsoft) programs which are absolutely excellent for my needs and I also have a lot of peripherals, the majority of which won't work under Linux - which means it's going to be very time-consuming (to find replacement programs) and expensive (to replace the peripherals). So I'm hoping for a long lead-in before change becomes absolutely necessary, with the final demise of Windows 7.

    However it will be a cold day in Hell before I go to WIndows 10, or any future version of Windows. I've never liked the operating system: it's deeply flawed and flaky and, worst of all, Microsoft has never respected its users (as nearly all the comments here show).

    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2015 at 2:12 pm

      If you don't have any Linux OS installed, how do you know so many of your peripherals won't/don't work under Linux?

      What peripherals are you talking about? Show a list of several, because you may be wrong or there may be someone around who can show you how to get it to work without too much trouble.

  29. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 9:09 am

    What if we disable Windows update service and all spying services such as customer experience improvement ...??

    • Anonymous
      October 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm

      Are you sure you can find ALL the spying services?

      • Anonymous
        October 26, 2015 at 3:49 pm
      • Anonymous
        October 26, 2015 at 4:15 pm

        Sure. Just pull this little RJ45 jack out of your computer :-)

  30. Anonymous
    October 26, 2015 at 7:37 am

    Invest in some extra RAM and run Windows in a virtual box. I used to dual boot in case I needed Windows, but now I just fire it up in a VirtualBox whenever I really need it and those occasions are pretty rare. I used Adobe Fireworks for years but now I'm learning Gimp and although it has a very confusing GUI, it's quite powerful. In case I really need something done in a short time and I'm struggling with Gimp, I fire up Windows 7 in a VirtualBox and run Fireworks fullscreen from there. Works like a charm!

    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2015 at 11:29 am

      Virtualbox is very RAM hungry however :-) Works great with 12+ GB of RAM. Anything less and it really lags.

  31. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Stopping using software that is only on Windows (Microsoft programs like office and one note) is important towards moving to GNU/Linux. Because running Wine forever on GNU/Linux you might as well have never moved and it'll give you troubleshooting headaches. So install LibreOffice/Firefox/VLC etc and get a feel for them on Windows then lastly just switch to GNU/Linux and install the same stuff but the GNU/Linux versions.

  32. Anonymous
    October 24, 2015 at 2:52 pm

    Many Windows users want to switch to Linux, BSD or OS/X but they want the new O/S to behave exactly like Windows and to be able to run all their Windows programs natively. IOW, they want the Windows universe but with a different name.

  33. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 10:32 pm

    I already use Linux exclusively but if I need to go back to Windows, I'll try to get Windows 7, the last great OS from Microsoft. It is still the best Windows version ever IMO. But I have moved on and am happy with using Linux.

    I was able to change OS because my preferred office suite is available on both OS (Softmaker Freeoffice) and that I am no longer into PC gaming (Android is now my platform of choice).

  34. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 5:32 pm

    Unfortunately, it's all but impossible to completely divorce yourself from the Windows ecosystem. I probably spend 90% of my time in Linux, but there is always that 10% that Windows is needed for. That said. I can delay Windows 10 until support for 7 and 8.1 is ended. As for automatic updates, I can't confirm, but have been told that the inability to control updates exists only for those users who take the free upgrade. If you want to control when and what you update, purchase your copy of Windows 10 instead of upgrading. Again, this is anecdotal, so do your own research.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2015 at 1:40 am

      Windows 10 updates can be controlled most easily with the Enterprise edition or a Professional edition that is part of a domain with a WSUS server and a GPO in place for update management.

      End users on home edition or not part of a domain can selectively block updates by configuring their normal network connection as a metered one, but that only works if no one brings an updated Windows 10 machine on to the same LAN.

      • Anonymous
        October 30, 2015 at 11:32 am

        I use WSUS without a domain and GPO, and it works for Windows 10 updates even on a workgroup. I also use Windoze 10 only in a virtual machine on Virtualbox. Won't use it as my primary OS until the "spying issues" are resolved.

    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2015 at 2:17 pm

      "...but there is always that 10% that Windows is needed for."

      Such as? As I explained above to another commentor, name these 10% and chances are there are programs out there that do just the same in Linux or someone can help you get one working that is close enough so that you can ditch having to dual-boot (fine for a month or two, but after that simply a waste of time and hard-drive space and speed).

  35. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 4:55 pm

    I have Linux running on a couple of my systems the biggest hurtle has been getting drivers for the various devices I have and losing out on apps that aren't available. Hence multiple OS's among various devices.

    I have no problem using Linux and some of what is available is great, in addition to playing around with the couple of Pi's that I have is a blast.

    But after doing this (IT) for over 40 years I've come to the conclusion there is no perfect system/app/device to satisfy every need.

  36. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 3:59 pm

    With the advent of Win10 and the subsequent loss of privacy and the option to control what and when updates are applied to customers' computers, it would motivate me to find ways around the shortcomings of the user's distro of choice. There is plenty of documentation for any distro of choice, and plenty of generic Linux instructions which can also be applied; there just has to be diligence on the part of the user to find answers wherever he or she can find them, much as it is in Windows.

    I will agree with the point of running Linux on the desktop being a quite different experience than Windows, but well worth the learning curve; the freedom to control your own computer should be more than sufficient motivation to overcome the human reluctance to learn something new, and to fear what is not well understood.

    Microsoft will never give up data mining on users' computers; the information gleaned is worth too much to ever go back. Personally, I find that putrid. My information is mine alone; if any company gets information about what is on my system, it is because I volunteered it. It should not be any other way, IMHO. In our Internet-connected world, the cloud is almighty and is touted as the cure-all for local storage woes, but I will never trust my data on a stranger's hard drive, to be collated and sold at will without my knowledge or approval.

    Linux FTW!

  37. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 3:43 pm

    The problem I have with Linux is that I would not be able to use many of my apps. I know there is Wine, but that is limited - e.g Office 2013 cannot run under Wine. And there are many more that won't work or only in a clunky way.
    The Linux community have a golden opportunity to pull in a lot of Windows people because of their dissatisfaction with the MS spying & updating issues. But that community would have to quite a bit of work (maybe not, can't really judge) to ensure a smooth, almost seamless transition.
    To be honest, I can't see that happening anytime soon, unfortunately.

    • Anonymous
      October 24, 2015 at 8:37 pm

      Honestly I don't understand why do you want use MS Office on Linux? There are a lot alternative Office suits (e.g. Libre, Calligra, WPS/Kingsoft) and standalone programs (i.e. word processor and spreadsheet). (,, Some of them can run on Windows also. Most Linux distribution has pre-installed office suit but you can switch to an other one. You should thinking about functionality above program. If you know what do you want to do on your computer then you can find programs and services for these needs.

      For example if you move to Apple ecosystem you can't use Internet Explorer on OS X but there is Safari. (, Same function but other solution. You should do with other tasks.

    • Anonymous
      October 25, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      "The problem I have with Linux is that I would not be able to use many of my apps."
      If you must use Windows apps because of your work, then you are stuck with Microsoft products. However, nothing is stopping you from using Linux outside of work. OTOH, if you are using MS apps simply because you are used to them, do not blame the Linux developers for not making Linux apps behave exactly like Windows apps. First of all, there are copyright laws that prevent the two sets of apps to be the same. (Microsoft defends anything it thinks is its intellectual property very vigorously) Secondly, these are two different operating systems so it is expected that the apps would behave differently. After all, if you switched from OS/X to Windows, would you expect Windows apps to behave exactly like OS/X ones?

      "The Linux community have a golden opportunity to pull in a lot of Windows people"
      If you moved to China, Japan or Russia, would you complain that everybody did not speak English just for your convenience? No, you would learn Chinese, Japanese or Russian. So when you move to Linux, learn to speak Linux.

      BTW - Linux apps can read, and sometimes write, proprietary Windows and OS/X file formats. The reverse is rarely true.

      • Anonymous
        October 25, 2015 at 4:54 pm

        I think you misunderstood my comments. I am not blaming the Linux developers for anything at all. But if they have developed Wine they are aware that Windows users need that to run their Windows-based apps on Linux, at least until they have familiarised themselves with it.
        And yes, I am willing to learn Linux too, but I will need something like Wine for the transition phase.
        My only "negative" (if you like) observation is while Wine can handle a lot, it still falls short of a number of important apps.And that has nothing to do with copyright laws.

    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2015 at 2:25 pm

      Quit using those apps. Simple. Unless it's absolutely positively the *ONLY* app you can find that does *ONLY and EXACTLY* what you need on that windoze OS, then there's no need to keep using a windoze app.

      Tell us what thes apps are that are so necessary and unusable on any other OS than windoze. It's a decent bet one that does similar or 'close enough' can be found for Linux.

      Also, don't depend on WINE so much. Set up a Virtual Drive on your Linux system and you'll be far happier (it'll be a little bit slower, but your weird apps you can't seem to do without will work better than in WINE).

  38. Anonymous
    October 23, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    On the other hand, running Linux as a desktop OS means losing out on official clients for useful desktop software like Google Drive. Desktop Linux users in many cases probably aren't any more technically qualified to say what might or might not be running on their distro of choice, may find poor-to-appalling GPU and 802.11 support or occasional lack of hardware feature support obnoxious. They're also going to have to deal with inconsistent documentation and software packaging if they want to do anything more serious than whatever the default configuration is for the distro they're running.

    I manage *nix server systems but I can't make the argument that anyone should be using Linux on the desktop without a half dozen caveats and asterisks. Most of the things I find problematic about Windows 10 can be turned off, ignored or mitigated after a little research.

    • Anonymous
      October 30, 2015 at 2:57 pm

      What 802.11 support is "poor-to-appalling" on Linux? I've never had any troubles with any Linux distro with 802.11 not working correctly out of the box.

      As for hardware that works under's called do a little bit of research and it's extremely easy to find the hardware one neds that will work with zero problemns out of the box on a linux system. In my experience over the past 16 years of using Linux *ONLY*, I've actually found very little, relatively, hardware that doens't work or can't be made to work on linux. Not saying there *isn't* hardware that won't work at all on linux, but that there most likely *WILL* be something similar that will work as well.

      And talk about caveats and asterisks! Are you trying to say that no windoze version has had to have people jumping through hoops to make things work correctly or at all or even something as simple as protecting ones system from black-hats on the internet, ad nausea?!

      You say a little research is needed just to get the new windoze 10 to settle its useless butt down and do as it's told or at least as close to how *YOU*, the owner, want it to behave. Are you saying a little research then to get oneself using linux should take no research and should just do as every individual on the planet wants it to - out of the box? You're being far too hypocritical in your comment(s), and not offering any backup to base any of it on.

      As for Linux packaging...good grief, the vast majority of distro's use RPM or DEB, and very few, *very few*, aren't able to use a source tarball.

      If you try to use that abused excuse of 'finding all the dependencies', again, most distro's have overcome that with their packaging system(s), plus, searching on ones own for dependencies will also allow one to possibly find updated dependencies that may be even better than a packaging system has yet found. It's not hard to do and most devs nowadays have figured out how to trim their program down to not have to have 30+ (just exaggerating to make a point) dependencies like the old days of Linux.

      Finally, if someone actually can't stand to have the power over their own Linux system to change and do as *they* please and make work as *they* want - unlike as can barely be done with a windoze system without far more than simple research - then they deserve to stay with windoze and constantly worry over whether their anti-/virus/malware/trojan/ad-nausea program is working or up-to-date, or their office suite they've used since 2000 suddenly isn't compatible with the newest office suite *from the same company* and now they have to find an older windoze OS computer somewhere to get all their work abck into a readable and usable form somehow on their new windoze system, etc, etc, etc.

      What made me switch, completely and cold-turkey, to Linux back in 2000? I got sick and tired of not having any fun on my computer because I had to worry about simply just turning the thing on and being able to get on the internet and worrying about something attacking my system or whatever. I was constantly tense and I got sick and tired of it.

      Once I found the distro I liked (went through three until I arrived at SuSE after a month or two), I simply used it. Had to learn a few things about how some things worked, but it was no different than when I got my first computer and had to learn how to do *anything* on it. It just took a little patience and before long one day I literally stopped what I was doing on the computer and thought to myself 'Whoa...I'm actually relaxed and *enjoying* being on the computer! I'm not worrying or fretting over anything, not sweating if something's going to work or not, and just doing what I want and having a fun time!'. It was an amazing feeling, and I'll never forget it. It's carried on since that day too. I used SuSE until openSUSE 11.3 IIRR, then just because I could I switched to Slackware and have been on that since then...and still actually enjoying my time on the computer (which is about 70% of every day because I'm disabled and it's the only thing I have to keep myself occupied so that I don't go ape-crazy, heh).