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I would much rather focus on celebrating the pure genius of Peter Green, than getting into a debate about what is, (yes!), just my opinion about Fleetwood Mac after he, sadly, suffered a breakdown and left the band. So, to quote the great man himself:
Can't help about the shape I'm in
I can't sing, I aint pretty and my legs are thin
But don't ask me what I think of you
I might not give the answer that you want me to
It can't do anything important to my system without my say so, including updates. It feels good to refuse an auth sometimes just to give the finger to for example, the ubuntu software updater that keeps smashing my grub configuration.
So it's not that there aren't problems with its updates. For all windows' problems with them they've never stopped me from being able to boot any and all of my operating systems. Ubuntu has done that to me regularly except I know how to patch their update to fix it after the fact - before it reboots into oblivion. So I like that there's opportunities like that too.
But i think for my next "primary OS" I'm either using Win7 or a hypervisor depending on how well MIDI pass through works on my virtual machines. I figure between experimenting and installing it should only take me two days.
Caveat: My experience with Linux is limited to Ubuntu a few years ago, using Qt to make an app that could be built for Windows or Linux.
The thing I dislike about Linux is that there are three ways to do anything, which people talk about endlessly in the fora, and you discover they don't apply to your distro/kernel/gender/ethnicity. When you ask questions the answers are anything but helpful, and very reminiscent of responses on StackOverflow.
Oh, and your problem? There's a fourth solution that people allude to, but say you wouldn't understand, and the fifth solution that you may discover that actually works.
Heaven help you if you let on you're primarily a Windows developer. Decades of experience, millions of lines of code in production, and a high-end salary for your region; none of that is significant. You're treated like a country oaf who can't be trusted not to piss against the side of a building.
Like many things in life, SO is an acquired taste. I find it occasionally useful in search results.
My few attempts at posting questions were wastes of time. I think the longest one lasted before it was blocked/turned off/marked irrelevant was about 12 hours. I especially liked the last time when I tried to revise the question to correct its problems, and my account was disabled for too much activity (I think they thought I was spamming my own post).
I'll admit I haven't tried in three or four years, especially since the "kinder, gentler" StackOverflow supposedly became a thing.
i loathe vim. Pico is okay, but frankly, i use GUI stuff mostly these days. It still helps to be comfortable with the console in linux though because maintaining it inevitably requires some work at that level.
I am using a dual boot system with Windows/Linux since the early '90-ties.
The usual setup is that I make one "shared" nfs partition where my development stuff is on,
accessible from within Linux, and accessible from Windows.
Most of my software uses Qt
I do a lot of cross compiling for Window, Mingw64 is an excellent vehicle and is well supported on my Fedora part of the system.
On Windows I am also using Mingw, since using Qt with VS is a crime.
Wrt to VIM:
I'm not sure what the level of education is needed for handling Vim, I always thought
it was kindergarten level.
Nowadays I'd do it in a VM, probably using VirtualBox.
I usually use VMWare for Windows and VirtualBox for Linux, although didn't use it in personal Linux yet, only at work.
I would avoid dual boot, about which one being the main OS... that's on each with his own...
If something has a solution... Why do we have to worry about?. If it has no solution... For what reason do we have to worry about?
Help me to understand what I'm saying, and I'll explain it better to you
Rating helpful answers is nice, but saying thanks can be even nicer.