According to this benchmark test – Ghacks – Linux performs better than Windows 11 | Hot Mobile Press

As most of us old timers will agree, Windows has been going in the wrong direction since Windows 7 (maybe not in terms of support for the latest technologies, but in terms of user interface, user control, user privacy, and quality assurance). Windows 11 seems to continue down this wrong path.

My “new” (2¼ year old) laptop is probably old enough now to be well supported by later Linux kernels, but I still have a number of concerns. The most important are battery and thermal management. Most laptop manufacturers provide brand specific battery life management utilities… for Windows, but NOT for Linux. (Call me a cynic — aka an antitrust history student — but I have to wonder if the worse computer manufacturers support Linux, the better the break they get for OEM Windows licenses.)

When Windows 8 came out, I started moving to cross-platform apps in Windows 7 (at least as far as it was practical), and when Windows 10 came out I was glad I had: most of the programs I use the most in Windows have either native Linux versions (LibreOffice, Pale Moon, Brave, LibreWolf, Handbrake, Shotcut, Audacity, VLC, FreeFileSync, Calibre, TeamViewer) or run fine in Wine (IrfanView, Notepad++) or run reasonably well in mono (Subtitle Edit ). But there are a few programs I will *definitely* miss when I move to Linux:

* “Everything” search utility by voidtools. The speed and power of everything ROTTEN spoiled me. It leaves catfish, drill and recoll in the *dust*. There is a Linux search utility inspired by Everything called fsearch, but I’ve read that it’s still not as good as Everything. Still, I’ll probably have to settle for fsearch.

* Reflect Macrium. To my knowledge there is no utility that allows you to clone or image a Linux system drive *while the system is mounted and running*. (I believe Macrium relies on Windows’ Volume Shadow Copy Service to make this possible. I suppose using Btrfs snapshots might avoid the need for imaging, but the horror stories I’ve read about Btrfs let me be careful using it.) Anyway, I’m sure many users will be happy with a few (or more) hours of forced downtime while their system is imaged. I’m not one of them.

* NirSoft Utilities and Sysinternals Suite. So many useful utilities in one place! (Okay, in *two* places!) Is there a Linux utility that I can use to search my browsing history in *all* my browsers in a single operation? I do not know! I would have to *research* it. Now multiply that effort by every single non-Windows specific, non-Office specific NirSoft and Sysinternals utility you use regularly…

* AutoHotkey. There is at least one AutoHotkey-inspired scripting program for Linux, but the consensus seems to be that (as with fsearch versus Everything) it’s just not (far?) that good.

* Guitar pro. Okay, so it’s payware and it *never* seems to get fully debugged and tweaked from version to version and update to update, but it’s still a lot more polished and fun than TuxGuitar. On Linux, Guitar Pro would need to run in a Windows virtual machine.

* Virtoo by LG. This is a utility that allows users of LG branded computers to “remotely control” at least some aspects of their Android or iOS smartphone via Bluetooth. You can also use it to transfer media files and documents back and forth, but what I like the most is the mirroring of phone notifications on my computer desktop and especially the ability to reply to text messages on a real keyboard. (I just realized why George RR Martin is taking so long to finish “The Winds of Winter”: He’s probably typing it on a smartphone! 😉 Anyway, to my knowledge there is no “Virtoo by LG” for the Linux desktop.

*Various other LG utilities. It’s nice to have a small collection of hardware-specific utilities that you can use to check, update, or manage your BIOS, firmware, display, power supplies, and the like. I’ll probably find ways to ditch these dedicated utilities, but I strongly suspect it won’t be nearly as convenient and easy.

* Garmin Express. Garmin stopped supporting browser-mediated updates for its GPS devices many years ago. Garmin Express is the only game in town now, and Garmin isn’t releasing a version of it for Linux (which feels kind of cheeky considering the GPS itself runs Linux). I came across a three year old tutorial on how to install Garmin Express in Wine, but I still don’t know if it still works and if so how well. This could end up being another program relegated to a Windows virtual machine. Or I could just stop using my Garmin GPS altogether and use my phone for navigation instead.

* My UPS management program? Not necessarily. My UPS manufacturer has released a command line utility for various versions of Linux that are only slightly out of date. It might work with the latest versions too. Otherwise, the Windows version of the utility goes into my Windows virtual machine (so I can turn off that damn “no AC power” alarm if it ever decides to turn itself back on!).

* MediaMonkey 5. I mainly use this for bulk tagging MP4s. I haven’t looked for alternatives for maybe three years, but lately I couldn’t find any. I’ve read reports of people claiming to have successfully installed MediaMonkey 5 in Wine, but I’m not counting on it working for me. This can be another app relegated to a Windows virtual machine.

* Shut Up10. I’m kidding! (Or maybe not. It *definitely* goes into my Windows virtual machine.)

* Windows privacy dashboard [WPD]. Another joke! (Except that this definitely goes into my Windows virtual machine as well.)

* Sordum’s Windows Update Blocker. Boy I just can’t stop joking can I? (Dito.)

That being said, setting up a LAN on Linux might be a bit more work as you have to manually assign static IP addresses to all member devices. (On the other hand, Microsoft didn’t do Windows any favors by getting rid of the quick and easy Homegroup wizard, or whatever it was called.) And maybe setting up and managing a firewall on Linux is a little more work, too , or at least represents a new learning curve.

That being said, if you choose a desktop environment that suits you – for me, coming from Windows, it’s KDE Plasma or Cinnamon – and if you take the time to get used to a few new “alternative” apps , running Linux isn’t that different than running Windows every day, except that the operating system isn’t constantly trying to spy on you and you remain in control of what happens to your system. It’s entirely doable for more Windows users than you might expect, although it might only be worth the new learning curve for people who are particularly concerned about privacy and being in control of what happens to their system. If you don’t mind playing cat and mouse with Microsoft when it comes to your personal information, and you’ve had good luck with Microsoft’s non-beta-tested “blob roll-up” “drive-by” updates are, It’s much easier to just stick with Windows.

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