Running Windows 11 for the past week has been a rollercoaster of a ride. Installation was simple and I was up-and-running fairly quickly. There’s lots of updates received during the week which required a lot of reboots; far more than I experience with Linux distros including rolling distros.
Day-to-day experience was better than I expected. While there are lots more builtin-software and processes running in the background under Windows 11, they didn’t massively impact on my productivity. Some reduction in productivity was, in part, inevitable changing operating system, but it helped me appreciate why moving the other way (from Windows to Linux) is also a big step.
The Antimalware Service Executable (Windows Defender’s background process of its built-in antivirus) didn’t appear to cause any problems although having lots of cores on my machine helps. Running without a built-in antivirus under Windows would, of course, be utter folly. Windows is a prime target for cybercriminals.
While there are some enhancements in security, Windows 11 falls far short of being a safe platform when compared to Linux. While fewer viruses target Linux machines, that doesn’t mean that there are none. But I stick to recommended repositories and have never run into any security issues.
In Windows 11, everything is geared up to selling you unnecessary proprietary software. For example, one of the default pinned apps is Microsoft 365, a software suite that’s overburdened with features that 99% of users never use or even know exists. You get a 1 month trial for this subscription service providing you have a credit card to activate the trial. Definitely not tempting to me; LibreOffice meets all my requirements. Even Microsoft Solitaire Collection is commercialized.
There’s a good range of open source software available for Windows. While I had less choice available, I really missed the rich ecosystem of Linux.
There’s so many things I missed without my Linux boxes. For example, while PowerShell offers an interactive and scriptable command line environment it’s a pale imitation compared to the power of a good Linux shell. The terminal is where I’m happiest. By using the terminal, automation becomes a game changer.
I ran out of time to try virtualization under Windows 11 or to investigate the Windows Subsystem for Linux (WSL) which provides a complete Ubuntu terminal environment. Other new things to try include the ability to download and run Android apps. Maybe if you’re interested in an article about these features or anything else, let me know in the comments below.
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