Sometimes I miss Windows

Windows 11

Yes. Sometimes I miss Windows. I haven't used it as my main system since 2007, when I made the definitive leap to Linux, but sometimes I would like to. Being above 70% on desktop computers, it is the operating system that developers take the most care of, and it shows. All the important applications are for Windows, even many that are developed mainly for Linux, and when something goes wrong for me it is inevitable to think about how I would do if I tried the same thing on the Microsoft system.

If I miss it now it is my multimedia center, the one where I want to watch any type of content, listen to music and play emulators. In the last days I have tried several systems on my Raspberry Pi, like Batocera, FydeOS or Android – also in its TV version -, but nothing satisfies me. Everything has some shortcomings that doesn't have Windows, and you consider doing a kind of "system hopping" and giving another chance to a system that generally seems to give you hives.

Why do I think about Windows?

When something goes wrong, it is common to look back in time and start remembering. These days I've been trying to watch certain content with a VPN, but my main entertainment equipment is very tight and doesn't work particularly well. Sometimes yes, sometimes no... The last time I did it, it added a profile in the networks section of the operating system that left me offline until I discovered what was happening. So one starts to think:

  • Android on the Raspberry Pi: To be honest, I'm not sure it won't work and it probably will if I choose the right profile and reboot. But the fact is that I couldn't get it to play on Android, nor Android TV, both from KonstaKANG, nor Emteria. There was no audio. Android on the Raspberry Pi, now that hardware acceleration works, would be almost perfect for what I'm looking for. It would allow me to use VPNs, a lot of applications and good performance, but if you can't hear anything, it's no use. I'll try it again one of these days, although it wouldn't be the best for emulation.
  • Batocera Linux: offers good performance and has Kodi included, but it does not allow the use of VPNs nor does it have a simple browser.
  • Raspberry Pi OS: the 32-bit version, yes, it could work. It allows me to use AceStream... but not install 64bit software. The 64bit one doesn't allow me to use AceStream.
  • My Xiaomi Mi Box is an option, but with 8GB of storage and 2GB of RAM it falls short.
  • I bought an Apple TV in 2015 and it is a delight, but only for official applications.

In the end I usually opt for the old laptop with Manjaro. The bad thing is that the performance is not the best, and the use of VPNs is not the most appropriate.

Windows, for its part, has tons of applications available, even in the Microsoft Store. It has Kodi, it has VPNs, it is compatible with IT IS and there are documentation to obtain everything, even the least legal. As with Ubuntu when you look for information on how to do something in Linux, most tutorials have Windows in the background, and if you want to do it in Linux you have to find a way.

But then I install it and it goes away

What made us look back in time is the same thing that makes me, at least in my case, not return to Windows. This is like when you remember an ex-partner at a time when they are not quite well: you only remember the good, but If we think more deeply we will also remember the reason why we left it be.

In the case of Windows, I had it with dual startup along with Ubuntu, and it made me sick how slow everything was. In the end I spent all my time in Ubuntu, and when I solved some problems I uninstalled Windows. Some time later I learned how to use ES-DE in Manjaro and that's where I've stayed until now.

Performance was what made me abandon Windows so long ago, and I won't use it again unless I'm forced to. That or have a super computer for a multimedia center. In the end Linux ends up giving me more joy.


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