Re: overall I prefered the UI of XP
Thank you for your comment. I have seriously considered moving to some flavour of Linux at least since XP. The perceptons that have put me off actuallyare as follows:
a) Linux still appears focused and packaged for techies, where the help forums I looked at, assume every user must have knowledge how to compile their 'App' from a list of resources, rather than what for MSDOS or later Windows, was very simply, copy an executable, click Run, follow the prompts - a quick simple procedure for the many, who just use a computer as a tool.
b) From the Linux forums, I gather that a lot of Linux users spend a huge amount of time arguing merits of various tools, procedures, scant or no mention of end use, generally have little time for 'linux newbies' and relatively disdainful, relative to posts in Windows Help forums.
c) A mixed blessing are the many flavours of Linux, and again, I get the impression of impassioned arguments as to which is best choice to meet the choosen objective, and not only that, one then has to decide which 'desktop' is most appropriate, KDE, Gnome 2 or 3 or should it be Unity ? Unlike the stock Windows many complain about, one is almost spoilt for choice in Linux.
d) Although I have consciously sought out 'open-source' OS independant software for many years, there are so many I use that have no Linux versions, eg 'BitMeter2', a widget taking a tiny screen area, shows numerically and graphically, download & upload activity at all times, also dynamic CPU & other resource use.
e) Last 10 years been too mobile to use desktops. I am always looking for latest, energy efficient, compact hardware to fit in a travel bag. A regular complaint I still read now, is there is a serious lack of software drivers for laptop hardware. Favourite complaint on cnx & similar sites, when trying to run Linux on a laptop or NUC sized computer, you have to forget WiFi, BT, and GPU HW Acceleration. For me thats unusable.
I realise Linux is reliant on much unpaid contribution of software often superior to that of MS with its vast budgets, but for those who use computers only as a tool to get a job done, the 'convenience' of MS Windows weighs in its favour.
I would like to be enlightened if I have gained wrong perceptions, eg. where to get objective help on using Linux as a tool to get specific jobs done, how serious is the problem of no linux drivers for products marketed for Windows.