On M$ Windows

Monday, October 26, 2020; Reading time 3 minutes.

I didn’t use Windows for over 11 years now1. And I did not miss them. But with a declining quality of MacBooks and MacOS (OSX) I’ve been thinking about what my next step should be.

My vision was always of a Linux desktop (pick your poison: Ubuntu, Debian, or openSUSE…) so I can never leave my comfort zone of a terminal UI. This was and continues to be too much work for me and my approach to the computing world2. On server tho I was always running only Linux and it will stay that way for the forseeable future (currently openSUSE).

And then work happened. For reasons privy to the project I need Windows now (or to be precise I will need them soon). After the initial push back I emraced the idea of trying something new and sleek. The decision landed on a Dell XPS 13, a very nice looking machine with a slightly better performance than my previous MacBook Pro.

First boot was very Apple-like. It launched into a very easy guided setup and in less than 10 minutes I was at my desktop. Wonderful! But then the OS I know and remember showed up.

First hiccup was setting up WSL2 which is a lot faster than WSL1 people say. This was an endurance test of my patience and will to set this whole thing up. First I had to update everything and the BIOS flashed itself(????) and then - I’ve had to enable a two dozen things and reboot at least 10 times and I had openSUSE running???

If you told me this in the year 2008 I would not only call you crazy but also I would stop talking to you altogether3.

We will see how all of this will play out but one positive thing is that I didn’t have to update my dotfiles4 with anything for them to work.

Also check out my notes5 on the subject.

  1. I’ve switched to Ubuntu on version 8.04 and haven’t look back since. ↩︎

  2. My approach is simple: sane defaults. ↩︎

  3. I really didn’t like Windows. ↩︎

  4. https://github.com/andreicek/dotfiles ↩︎

  5. https://0x7f.dev/notes/wsl2 ↩︎

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