A recent email discussion between myself and DCT’s Editor, Richard Pedersen (who is also my mate), regarding the advent of a Windows 12 (or whatever the next iteration is called), prompted the question of possibly considering a move to Linux.
Windows 11 hasn’t exactly set the world alight and a large part of the reason for that has been Microsoft’s insistence on giving users what Microsoft thinks they need rather than what users actually want.
Richard theorized that a Windows 12 might be subscription-based and possibly riddled with advertising. I hadn’t considered the likelihood of a subscription-based Windows myself but have to admit, considering Microsoft’s recent history (think Office 365), it is certainly within the realm of possibility.
There is also little doubt that Microsoft has been heading inexorably toward the same business model as both Google and Facebook employ where advertising plays a major role. One thing I am sure of is that AI (Artificial Intelligence) will be heavily integrated into the next Windows iteration.
So, it all poses the question, what would it take to consider leaving Windows and moving over to a Linux distro?
Personally, the AI element would not bother me. AI is, after all, the way of the future, and I see it merely as progress. I could probably also handle any additional advertising. Let’s face it, the entire Internet universe now revolves around advertising.
The one thing I could definitely not accept is a subscription-based Windows. If that ever becomes a reality, I would almost certainly move to Linux. I am not a gamer, so that isn’t a consideration for me. The one and only stumbling block would be the lack of professional software available for Linux. The availability and variety of professional software is one area where Windows definitely excels/dominates.
Okay, your turn, what would it take for you to abandon Windows in favor of Linux? Let us know via the comments.