Hello everybody. First-time poster here and long-time reader/viewer.
As far as operating systems go, my life has been dominated by Microsoft since the mid 90s. Like most things in life, if something becomes muscle memory and is adequate for your needs, it can take a lot of good reasons for you to diverge from it. Diverging from something like an operating system that you’re comfortable with takes time and effort. After all, I had only touched on Linux (Mandrake) during university a couple of decades ago, and even then it was only for a brief sneak peek because the main language of the course was C# .NET (this requiring Microsoft software).
A couple of years ago I had a tipping point in my digital life. Social media began to make me feel negative and lost perspective of reality. I was growing increasingly concerned about the “oh well, nothing we can do about it” attitude towards online privacy. On a more positive motivation, I always wanted to learn more command line syntax and generally become a better developer - one more in-tune with the tool that he uses.
Everything pointed me towards Linux. After discovering LearnLinuxTV, I decided to give myself a challenge and dive right in with Arch.
However, I don’t think it’s as straightforward as switching overnight and everything will just work for you. It has taken me a couple of years and a few full-on attempts to make it happen. I went back to Windows on a few occasions. If I’m being honest, I got fatigued by having to work hard to make certain things work in Arch Linux, many of which I probably would have had the same issue in other distributions. I had also invested quite a lot of money into certain games and add-ons that I simply can’t get to work in Linux, but I can bite that bullet and move past it. On the occasions that I reverted to Windows, I felt dirty - like I had given up too easily and was slipping back into the digital world that perturbed me from that environment in the first place.
I think the key advice I’d have to anybody looking to switch is to accept that you’ll have setbacks, complications, things to figure out, and it may tire you. Take things one task at a time, go for dual boot as a precaution, and each time you feel like giving up, dust yourself down after a little bit of time and try again. I could have made life easier by accepting a dual boot situation to bed myself in more easily but I’m maybe wired in an irrational way that I wouldn’t have been comfortable with that.
Anyway, I hope this was OK as a first post. Big thank you to @jay for his amazing channel and guidelines for Linux - definitely my first port of call!