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.