Windows is too slow - let's try Linux
Today I decided to try Linux again as my desktop operating system. Here is an assessment how it worked out - especially for people who have other things to do in their lives than operating systems.
Windows was slow and had a lot of hiccups where it would suddenly stall for some seconds. Reboot button did not exist any longer, instead a message that power options are not available. It suggested updating to Windows 11, but said my beloved VMware Player would then cease to work. So, time for a change... to Linux.
What I don't want is constant switching between operating systems. Live has better things to experience. Also, what I don't want is a USB installation that forgets the WLAN password and all my settings on reboot.
The functionality I need is:
- Video Editing - I do it via wevideo.com, this is available where Chrome is, so, as well on Linux and Windows
- FreeCiv - my favorite game is available both on Windows and Linux (and the reason I do not entirely switch to a Chromebook)
- Proctored Exams - this is a hard one. When I do my exams, I do it remotely, and the exam factory requires me to install spyware on the laptop to make sure I do not take screenshots. So, secure operating systems are a no-go. On the other hand, do I really want to use an operating system just because it is NOT secure? I will use my son's Windows computer for my proctored exams then.
- My Polar (health&sports) watch needs Windows software to update its firmware. Bad luck, Polar, then I won't update it.
- running from USB stick
- won't save your WLAN password. Installing software using apt-get is impossible, you have to use snap.
- Ubuntu disadvantages
- fingerprint reader does not work. There are many hints how to get it work, but they don't work for me.
- as said before, some manufacturers like Polar require you to use Windows for some functionality. Or to install spy software on your computer. I will find work-arounds for that.