What a Linux User Misses From Windows: Page 2

A longtime Linux partisan admits that, while he loves the open source desktop, he does miss a few things from the Windows world.
Posted January 18, 2016
By

Matt Hartley


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Understand that I'm not talking about KDE/GNOME based display managers or front-end(s) to xrandr. I'm talking about a GUI specific to the driver used. While one could absolutely use xrandr to push the signal to an external projector, I'd like to be able to demonstrate an Intel card specific solution to newbies. For newbie distros like Mint and Ubuntu, this is badly needed as xrandr GUIs rarely work correctly.

I've found getting xrandr to work properly means understanding how to use it from a terminal. Fine for me, but painful to demonstrate to others. Intel video drivers on Windows tend to come with a GUI designed specifically for that driver. It's something I miss as it's a secondary option and nice when I'm offering phone support to someone.

Of course I still love Linux

Despite the concerns named above, there are some things I need to make clear. First off, I live in a Linux world. Everything I do on any computer is done with one Linux distro or another. Second, anything listed above in terms of getting something to work has been done successfully in Linux. My gripe about it is that so much of it feels unnecessarily convoluted.

The last issue I have is that, yes, it still frustrates me when a new software title is released and it supports Windows, OS X and Web. It's the principle of the thing that makes me want to scream. It's especially frustrating if the software looks like it might be useful or allow me to streamline a task.

Despite those frustrations, anytime I'm asked to help someone with their Windows problem I have to politely refuse. When they ask why, I simply point out that I long ago decided to use an operating system that allows me complete freedom.

I enjoy the freedom to fix anything that might break without permission from any one company, the ability to update my software with one or two commands, plus the option to switch to a completely different desktop experience for free at any time. These are things Windows doesn't provide me with.

What say you? Do you have anything from Windows you miss? Perhaps I missed something and there are no issues? Hit the Comments, share your thoughts and let's talk about it.


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