I use Windows 10 for work, as long as you learn how to disable the annoying parts (telemetry and forced updates) it is quite a good OS. Looking forward to test Windows 11 in a VM (no way I will install it on a production machine for at least a few months after the release.
Well to be fair, to me Windows is just a game launcher anyway so I don’t care much.
As a techie, I am well-aware of the lifecycles of all software, OS-es included, and I know we have to upgrade periodically or else we’ll be left in the dust to deal with a half-broken piece of software.
But you do get tired of it. Once things stabilize a little more in my life I’ll definitely make it a task to learn modern Linux desktop environments and window managers properly – including how to play most Windows games under Linux – and will leave Windows behind forever.
It’s just too much churn and the OS never was more than a toy anyway, at least to me and most people I knew.
It is definitely NOT a point-and-click interface like gnome, kde, etc. but for those that are already used to keyboard navigation, it was quite nice. The only challenge that I really found was knowing the true name for some of the programs I wanted to run. Since you don’t have a “start menu” or anything of the sort, you really have to know the name of the Linux command to run your program. For some programs like Firefox, Chrome, etc., this is not a big deal but there are others that took me a while to actually figure out.
As far as config changes go, I only made one small change in the config file to use a different “mod” key. By default, i3 uses the “Alt” key and I changed it to use the “Win” key instead. Now there are a LOT of options that you can tweak, and a lot of people do, but I just never went down that road.
To make it easier for me, I installed i3 on top of the existing Ubuntu desktop. Then at login, you can choose which “desktop” you want to use: stick with Ubuntu’s default or select i3. That way you can switch back and forth if you want to. I found this easy so when I needed to jump into things like the Settings app (which kind of requires the rest of gnome), I could just logout from i3 and then log back in using the standard Ubuntu desktop.
I don’t mind tinkering, with one condition – I want to have one brainless and JustWorks™ desktop environment + window manager combo which I can come back to at any time if I get tired of tinkering.
I admit I didn’t remember this detail that you shared:
But now that I did it makes sense, plus I remembered doing something very similar long time ago, so that’s giving me a peace of mind that I can screw around and do the famous “Linux rices” and if/when I get fed up I can just re-auth the user and go to XFCE. Very helpful, thanks!
I agree that this will likely be off-putting at first but meh – I plan to make Linux a long-term, if not lifetime, home for my computing so I am sure in just a few weeks I’ll get used to all the specifics.