📚 I'm starting to get sick of Linux
Disclaimer: I have been a Linux user for 16 years. At first I combined it with Windows and then with OS X. However, for 8 years, it is the only OS that I use every day. I have tried all the major distributions and desktops. For 2 years I have been using Fedora on my main computer and Linux Mint on a smaller laptop. Anyway, what I want to tell goes beyond Fedora, Gnome or Mint. I will only use these examples because they are the most recent. I should also add that until recently my work/studies had nothing to do with computing.
In my day-to-day life as a Linux user, I try to use FOSS and well-thought-out applications for the Linux desktop. Despite this, for one reason or another, my desktop ends up filling up with more and more applications that are not perfectly adapted to the Gnome desktop: Vivaldi, VSC, Obsidian, Discord, Spotify, Notion... I think that none of them is particularly strange or strange, right?
In recent months I have encountered different problems that are increasingly bothering me. One of them is that recently, every time I want to use my computer, I have to turn it on twice, since normally on the first load Gnome keeps the extensions disabled and all the colors appear unsaturated and with a red filter. I also recently decided to buy the Logitech MX Master keyboard and mouse, and it has been a pain having to configure all the gestures manually. I have also found problems in the applications installed by Flatpak to run node.js (it has happened to me in VSC and WebStorm). These are just some recent examples.
And before anyone says anything: I know that some of these problems have a solution, that it is not Linux's fault that better applications are not developed for the desktop and that if I have been using Linux for so many years I should already be used to these problems. It's true, but it's not the point.
Since I use less and less free software applications and the problems derived from using Linux bother me more, I question why I continue using this. Of course it is a question of privacy, support for free software and much more. But what about my time? What about not getting irritated by a new problem that distracts me from doing what I wanted to do?
I know that if I decide to buy a Mac I will feel bad for not continuing to use Linux. Also, I will try to populate it with free software applications and I will miss the freedom of the Linux desktop, but what about the freedom of using the apps I want to?
So where am I going with this? Well, honestly I wanted to vent, because this has been on my mind for a while and I don't have anyone to talk to about it who will really understand me. But I would also like to know how you feel about Linux. Maybe also to encourage me a little and not give up yet.
Thanks for reading
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