“On my Windows 10 machine, this is how I’ve come to start my day: I slowly open my laptop lid, cautiously peer at my screen and wonder what is no longer working like it did yesterday.”
See My biggest problem with Windows 10: InstabilityThe link to the right is to a fine article by Mary Jo Foley, an experienced users of That Other OS and a long time fan of M$. If she has to reinstall stuff to get it to work right on a quite ordinary PC, you know the millions of users of “10” are also in trouble, taking care of TOOS instead of doing their own thing. That’s not what IT is about. M$ has enslaved ~100million users to beta software as they do with almost every release. They may not have charged people money for the privilege of being enslaved but they have done that with every release in the past and will do so again after they have enough people enslaved to help their bottom line. That’s M$’s business. Lock people in cages and charge them room and board. They can’t leave because they depend on their slave-master for existence. They can’t negotiate the cost of slavery. They’re stuck.
Slavery is not the natural state of mankind. We are descended from a long line of hunters and gatherers who diversified to agriculture and manufacturing, transportation and retail business. We love freedom and choice, not slavery. If you are a slave and you know it, escape slavery. Try Debian GNU/Linux or other prominent distribution of Free/Libre Open Source Software. It won’t cost you much and the licence to use the software also allows you to examine the software, modify and distribute it. That means there is no lock-in as with TOOS. You can’t have a slave-master telling you what to do and not do with your PC, network, server. Read your EULA again. See the articles of enslavement? Restrictions on use, no right to examine or modify or distribute and you can’t even connect a bunch of PCs together without permission from M$… The kicker is you have to accept M$ installing crapware on your computers. With GNU/Linux, there’s none of that, just the freedom to use your PC and fellow users who are able watch out for problems and fix them and share them with your distro and you get the benefit of every user’s improvements. It’s a good deal. Backup your data on an external storage device and go for it. I did 15 years ago and I haven’t regretted it for a moment. Many millions of users around the world enjoy freedom. You can too.
I hate M$ for many good reasons: their business practices to promote lock-in and monopoly, their overly complex and insecure systems, their prices, but the reason I jumped out of their cage was the instability, just what MJF is experiencing so many years later. Every day is a good day to be free. Make this your day.