This is a different topic than usual, but I always want to be on top of what’s coming. Windows 11 is coming out. Who is excited about it?

The Linux community.

Let me muscle-test something. Desktop and laptop usage of Linux over time:
– Now: 1.75% (including dual-boot)
– 1 year: 2.65%
– 2 years: 3.82% or 15.2% (???)
– 3 years: 15.6% or 18.3%
– 4 years: 16.2% or 19.7%
– 5 years: 18.2% or 23.6%

There are still variable timelines, but one thing is clear: Linux will see exponential growth.

I did some initial testing of Linux and am considering switching. I tried Korin OS 16 which looks great for Windows users. Some issues though:

– Steam and Wine display way too small

– For .NET programming, JetBrains Rider can replace Visual Studio and they offer free Open Source license; but their license is a pain to quality for, with no guarantee that you’ll quality for renewal next year. I suggested them to offer a Community edition; let’s see whether they take the feedback.

– Big problem: my own .NET applications don’t work, including the Powerliminals Player and 432hz Player that I use all the time. I’m currently working on porting those to be cross-platform.

As for games, Linux now supports most Windows games using Proton and Lutris, but Fortnite won’t work so I can’t migrate my daughter’s laptop.

Linux is still difficult for non-geeks to use, and I expect rapid evolution over the coming years as their user-base grows from “privacy advocates” to people who want some kind of decisions about their …Read More

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