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I've hated computers a little bit less ever since I stopped caring about Windows 11



As you guys may know, I have a burning hatred for Windows 11. I don't think there's ever been another UI that feels like such an insult to the userbase, and there's just no excuse for the artificial hardware limits. However, I've decided to stop pretending that this is somehow going to affect me, because I don't think I'll ever actually use the OS. 

Ever since I found out about this, I vowed that I'd become like one of those people who still uses Windows 7 in 2022, only I'd be using Windows 10 and 8.1 instead and the year would likely be 2027. It then came to my attention that I'd be making myself far less secure than I would if I just switched to Linux at the end of Windows 10's lifespan. Assuming Linux distros actually implement some of the minor features that are annoyingly not present right now (changing your scroll speed, for example) by 2025, it'll be the perfect solution to the problem. If they don't, then it'll be pretty damn close to perfect, and still the right option for me. I already have a bit of a preference towards Linux Mint (especially because it has an ecosystem of Vista-style Desktop Gadgets) so that's pretty much the ideal option for what I'm looking for.

Do I need to care about Windows 11 not allowing me to rearrange my system tray when I've got a good operating system to use for now? Absolutely not, especially since I'll eventually be switching to an OS with an interface I'd argue might be even better. For the first time ever, I'm actually hopeful about something related to tech...


I always laugh at the professional scaremongers that say nooo you cna't disable widnwows update your data will be sent to russia and your computor will explode!!!! because I literally never updated my Win 7 installs and literally nothing happened, and I was constantly downloading software from the shadiest sites you can imagine and using emule and ares galaxy all the time. 


Do you know how many viruses I downloaded? 



And never used an antivirus either, because it'd only detect the KMS activation software and game cracks as viruses and was annoying af. I won't download Spy 11 either, not because of it's terrible GUI or completely ironic "security" features made to lock in and tie the user to yet another proprietary piece of technology but because I'd never use most of the features it comes with. cloud? no, thanks. having to make an online account in order to use my computer? no, thanks. I think about it and I wouldn't even use the contacts feature because I can remember the emails and phone numbers of people I know or otherwise write them down into an actual address book, and I find that easier and better than relying on a device.


Rant aside, Mint is pretty good as a Windows clone kind of OS, has a fancy start menu, somewhat working software store and package manager to prevent users from ever touching the terminal, non-root access by default... 

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On 4/9/2022 at 9:14 PM, Caroline said:

KMS activation software

Who needs that when you can have a huge pile of HP ProDesk side panels with Win7 Pro product key stickers on them? (Yes, this is part of why my workshop looks like a hoarder house)

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