Friday, May 22, 2020

Is Linux That Great or Is It That Windows Sucks That Bad?

As I collected my thoughts before writing this article, I had to pause and consider,

Is this another victory for the Linux community, or is it just another testimony of just how bad Microsoft's Windows 10 is?

I was hoodwinked into thinking Windows 10 was making itself into a worthwile operating system during the version 1903 released May 21, 2019. I was so shocked, I wrote a positive article about Windows 10 (Click HERE!)

That was very short-lived. November 12, 2019 is when Microsoft released version 1909 of Windows 10. I started noticing things that I'd normally expect to see from Windows...

When watching IMDB TV on the Amazon Prime Video website, their ads were getting through my adblockers. This was not the case in Linux, just Windows (Click HERE!).

Amazon Prime limits customers to Standard Definition ONLY if they are not using Windows or Mac (Click HERE!) Yep, that big TV limited to VCR tape quality...

Next, there was a re-emergence of a problem I had seen in the past - when Windows 10 upgraded to the next version, it would delete or render the Linux partition unusable if you had any form of Linux on the same PC (Click HERE!)

Oh, but, wait! There's more...

One of Windows 10's biggest selling points was its driver base, and its ability to find drivers for most any computer or hardware...

...until now.

Now I am seeing evidence of drivers that used to be readily and automatically available disappearing.

- Case #1
     A newer Dell Inspiron was acting like it had a failing power supply. After way too much time was spent diagnosing and eliminating what should have been the culprits, it was discovered that the computer would completely black out when it went to sleep. The only way to get it to recover was to remove power, zero the mainboard voltage, and plug it back in. The solution was to disable sleep altogether.
     This had never happened before; this was a new problem that arose a short while after upgrading. There is a chance that a BIOS update could have remedied this if one was available. Whether one was availble or if it would have helped is unknown.

- Case #2
     An HP laptop was several versions behind on upgrades, so it got its hard drive wiped, and a fresh copy of Windows 10 version 1909 installed... more than once...
     After diagnosing the hard drive, RAM, and other hardware, all of which were fine, if the laptop went to sleep, or hibernated, it could not wake up without crashing and restarting.
     This is a driver issue, and, possibly, a BIOS issue. Either way, it is a new problem brought on with Windows 10, version 1909.
     The only fix was to disable sleep and hibernation. That sounds easy, but at every turn, Windows 10 was turning sleep and/or hibernation back on. Absolutley enfuriating!

- Case #3
     An Acer Aspire V5-122P-0408 that I just got back from my daughter. It had Windows 10 version 1709 on it (2-1/2 years old). It worked, but it was slow because of its diminutive hardware, but it worked.
     The best way to upgrade is to wipe the drive and install the current Windows 10 version.
     This caused what I call "chugging". Chugging is when a computer works for a few seconds, freezes for a few seconds, works, freezes, and so on.
     Updates did not help. Checking and updating all drivers did not help...
     And, remember, version 1709 did NOT do this; this was brought on by 1909...
     So, when I installed Zorin Lite 15.2, it worked fine. Even the touch screen worked fine. For fun, I installed Xubuntu 18.04. It worked fine and the touchscreen worked fine too (much to my surprise!).

Can I say "Yay! Linux saved the day!"?

Or,

is Linux (in this case, Zorin 15.2 and Xubuntu 18.04) just running like an operating system should? Dependably with the necessary drivers?

And, has Microsoft let Windows 10 slack into a state of disarray?

Or,

is this a tactful move by Microsoft to force some computers into a state of obsolesence so new ones need to be purchased?

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