• @Telodzrum@lemmy.world
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      I still dual boot for a few games and one piece of hardware that just don’t work on GNU/Linux, but I’m almost certainly never going back.

      There was an ad for Tik Tok in my Start Menu after the last update. Fuck everything about that sentence.

      • 🦄🦄🦄
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        Uhh what hardware isn’t working? Is it something really niche? For some reason I like hearing about stuff like that.

        • @Telodzrum@lemmy.world
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          It’s an old audio card. The output and input work, but it retains the volume level and mix settings as last adjusted in Windows. I’ll replace it eventually with a DAC and amp, which is what we put together for my wife’s build last year.

          It’s the nuAudio card (non-pro version) from EVGA. There are a few work around a, one of which is backflashing old firmware to get some level of control in Linux, but I don’t like the tradeoff and a couple of my Elite: Dangerous tools don’t work well on Linux anyway, so I need the Windows install for that.

        • @blackbird@feddit.uk
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          85 months ago

          I also keep a windows boot around just for updating my tomtom wirh map updates. Tried under Linux but the mydrive software just will not work. If anyone knows how to update a tomtom rider 400 under Linux, let me know.

      • @NoneYa@lemm.ee
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        It’s even better when you work in a corporate environment, pay more for the Enterprise or Pro version and still get ads about TikTok and Candy Crush forced onto your users! 😁

        Why yes, Microsoft, I was expecting for you to forcefully install mobile games onto our computers in our network.

        • @Honytawk@lemmy.zip
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          If your corporate environment didn’t use GPO to just disable the suggestions (just like what you can do on the home edition to get rid of any and all ads), then I suggest they get someone actually knowledgeable in IT to manage their servers.

          • @NoneYa@lemm.ee
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            That’s not the point. No business should have to create GPOs to stop this sort of shitty behavior when they buy the edition that was specifically made for enterprise use.

            You’d have a point for any business that buys the Home edition and then complains about the forced ads/apps.

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      105 months ago

      I know it’s a meme but it’s crazy to me that some people think the average person cares about computers at all (let alone what OS is running)

      • Wugmeister
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        45 months ago

        Same. Literally the reason I started using Zorin OS was because it was pretty. Not any sort of logical reason, just “Windows is Ugly, Zorin is Pretty”

      • @captainlezbian@lemmy.world
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        As one of them, no thank you. Windows is doing plenty of other crap and I don’t like and it turns out linux is kinda fun. Also once I finally understand what I’m doing I can set up a home server and other cool stuff.

        Also I’m not european so I can’t actually switch back

        • KptnAutismus
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          45 months ago

          having your own NAS rocks! i run jellyfin and adguard under truenas.

          • @captainlezbian@lemmy.world
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            Yeah I’m just a shit programmer. I just have a few old workstations, a desire to eventually set up a jellyfin setup, and little enough knowledge that the beginner guides are often above my level

            • KptnAutismus
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              honestly, i barely know how to write shit for an arduino. i have no prior experience with software. linux stuff is learning by doing. try something and see if that works. the text tutorials in the documentations are often the best way to install stuff. you’ll eventually figure it out.

  • chi-chan~
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    But they still won’t be able to remove all of the baked-in spyware.

        • @BigDanishGuy@sh.itjust.works
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          Tried Debian stable, kept not being able to get stuff to work because of the packages always being too old. Not advocating for Ubuntu either, but Debian? For a desktop? GTFO! I’d sooner start using emacs instead of vim.

          • @M500
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            So many things these days are flatpaks and app images. So it almost doesn’t matter.

            I’m don’t know your situation but I’m sure there are reasons someone might not be able to use Debian desktop.

            • @RmDebArc_5OP
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              Ubuntu has its own repos independent from Debians

          • @IRQBreaker@startrek.website
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            A somewhat anecdotal comment here, but I’ve using Debian stable as a daily driver for years, both at work and at home. Haven’t had any issues yet. It’s so stable it’s almost boring. 😀 However, this is fine since I can focus on getting stuff done instead of messing about with the distro.

        • @theneverfox@pawb.social
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          Does debian even exist? I’ve never seen it… I’ve used a dozen flavors of “debian” Linux professionally, as well as the headwear related branches and centos… Most recently I’ve gotten into nixos (I tried a half dozen distros, none of the “Nvidia friendly” distros would work with my graphics card outside safe mode, even after debugging and official docs listing it as compatible with Ubuntu… Five lines in the nix config, will nix again)

          All this time, I’ve seen countless mentions of this mythical debian… at this point I’m pretty sure it’s just a meme, like Australia. I get Australia, someone mispronounced Austria and made up this wild story of a land full of deer who hop on two legs and kickbox (hilarious), but I don’t get the joke with debian. Is it just supposed to be the mythical Linux that works on any hardware configuration?

      • @Empricorn@feddit.nl
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        95 months ago

        Moving to an entirely different operating system is a big step just to… end up with closed, proprietary software and spyware again.

      • chi-chan~
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        55 months ago

        Snaps, I think I’ll pass.

        Even without them, I don’t have time to uninstall/remove everything I don’t need.

        DIY distros suit my needs more, but thanks anyway.

      • @ColdWater@lemmy.ca
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        If you switch why not go alway? Try Linux from scratch or Arch/Debian, Ubuntu is only a few steps behind MS in term of spyware

    • @Honytawk@lemmy.zip
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      If it really was that much spyware, the EU would already have created laws to do something about it.

      More likely is that it really isn’t spyware as much as it is basic unanimous telemetry, which you can disable in the settings.

  • @LainOfTheWired@lemy.lol
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    People have already proven they will put up with about anything Microsoft throws at them, so they were never going to switch anyway.

    Also you still can’t uninstall the bootloader under windows.😆

  • @JCreazy@midwest.social
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    415 months ago

    It’s going to be one of those things where someone is either going to switch to Linux or they’re not. Most people will take convenience over privacy.

    • @PopOfAfrica@lemmy.world
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      Honestly, Windows isn’t even that much more convenient. It’s just what people are used to.

      Now that I’m used to Linux Windows makes me pull my hair out.

      • @Holzkohlen@feddit.de
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        Even just creating a functioning bootable usb stick with windows is a pain. Why are those stupid windows iso so damn picky?

    • YAMAPIKARIYA
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      115 months ago

      Funny. For me switching to Linux was actually a convenience and aesthetics over privacy ngl.

        • @Speiser0@feddit.de
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          Oh, you’re right. I’m seeing now they were referring to the short term inconvenience of installing an OS, and not comparing windows and linux distros.

    • @skygirl@lemmy.world
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      As a person who cares about the gaming ecosystem, I think it would be really healthy for Microsoft to not have full market dominance.

      They’re busy making studio acquisitions which are gradually centralizing the market, which could become very problematic if they start taking anticompetitive approaches to distribution.

      More people on Linux means more pressure for software availability on Linux, and if people can just move over relatively easily that prevents Microsoft from going full corpo-digital-prison-hellscape.

    • @JGrffn@lemmy.world
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      I feel like I don’t really care what my peers use, or what people in general use, but the more adoption linux desktop gets, the more people getting involved in community projects there are, as well as more bug reports and the like, so the sooner things get improved upon and the better they become.

        • @Flumsy@feddit.de
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          More people using free software means more resources going into them, maybe industry-wide adoption. Would it not be awesome to have ODP be the standard file format for a document (because enough people use Linux to make an open standard necessary)? Interoperability will be a big thing if enough people start using Linux.

    • Ann Archy
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      I have people asking me to help them install linux all the time. I am glad, in theory, but sad, in the practicality of having to work for free on my spare time.

    • @sederx@programming.dev
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      i used to care, now i dont give a flying fuck.

      if people are too stupid to use a superior and free system, fuck em.

  • Synapse
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    Lets be honest, people don’t switch to Linux because it’s better, we switch because of the cute pinguin mascot !

    • wuphysics87
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      Windows is made by a company that would make this change in some countries but not all countries. We are not free until we are all free. Some operating systems guarantee that. Others do not.

      • @jasondj@ttrpg.network
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        I don’t disagree with you but dude people are sick of the politicization of everything and their operating system doesn’t even get onto that radar. They are ignorant and quite happy of it. Please let the pigs eat their shit in peace.

        That said, it is quite telling that Microsoft apparently finds it more advantageous to have two divergent feature sets than to apply the change universally.

        • wuphysics87
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          I get where you are coming from. FWIW I’m being a jackass for the hell of it rather than trying to start a flame war. But if someone is to get upset about it, perhaps its something for them to reflect on later.

  • Norgur
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    It’s a little naive to think that this was an incentive to use Linux for ppl in the first place.

  • @tenchiken@lemmy.dbzer0.com
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    Overnight, millions will suddenly somehow become European.

    I wonder if they will try IP based Geo enforcement? How long do you think before Rufus allows flipping the bit to force this globally on install?

    • @Honza@iusearchlinux.fyi
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      No. A lot of people simply don’t care about their browser enough to take any action, let alone to bypass geo-restrictions.

      • @drcabbage
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        The people who do care have already switched to Linux.

  • @ftbd@feddit.de
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    Idk, the whole “Megacorp is forced to do reasonable thing, but will still only do so in regions where the law applies” should further encourage people to move away from all their crap.

    • @Dmian@lemmy.world
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      While you can’t uninstall Safari, it doesn’t constantly discourage you to use other browsers like Edge does. Nor does Mac OS prevents you from installing competing apps.

      The bigger problem is iOS, but the EU already took care of that and we’ll be able to sideload apps on iOS pretty soon.

      • Square Singer
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        Does Mac prohibit other browser engines like they do on iOS?

        Doesn’t do a lot of good, that they let you use other browsers if they are just reskins for Safari.

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        Mac literally doesn’t allow any other browser engine. They only allow webkit.

        So your options are:

        • Safari

        • Safari with Chrome aesthetics

        • Safari with Firefox aesthetics

        • Safari with [insert browser here] aesthetics

      • @miss_brainfart
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        Older MacOS versions had stuff like the chess game preinstalled for no reason, though I don’t know how current versions look like.

        I also don’t know how easy it is to remove preinstalled apps nowadays. Back in the day, you could disable System Integrity Protection, remove whatever you want, and re-enable Protection afterwards.

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          That chess game even predates OS X, it was a tech demo that came with the NextStep OS and has barely changed since the mid nineties. At this point it would be said to see it go.

  • Kumatomic
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    Don’t worry, there’s still plenty of reasons Windows sucks and they’ll only make it worse.

  • @Blackmist@feddit.uk
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    “Oh man, I’d love to use Linux because then I wouldn’t have to have Edge installed!” - Nobody. Ever.

    People use Windows because it comes with the PC and it runs all their shit (maybe except some yellowing-beige and blue scanner from 1997) with no fucking about needed. They were never incentivised to use Linux. They don’t know what an OS is, and more importantly, they don’t care.

    • @xkforce@lemmy.world
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      Also most software is written for that default os and if they ran into most of the common issues linux users do theyd throw it in the bin.

  • @lntl
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    What are the limits of this new law? Certainly state sponsored spyware are protected from this, for example