Actually, I’ve already switched to Elementary OS. Because a few days ago I installed the operating system on my old MacBook Pro from 2012 for test purposes. Since then I have been using the system every now and then for certain tasks or to test software.
At the beginning of the year I left the Apple ecosystem because I am no longer satisfied with Apple’s price / performance ratio. I bought the Lenovo Legion 5 laptop and was immediately impressed. “Unfortunately”, Windows came back into my life, which, to be clear, is no longer as catastrophic as it was in Windows XP times.
However, it is difficult and guaranteed to be riddled with problems to keep Windows from collecting data. Therefore, after 2 weeks of using Windows, I no longer had a sound card in the system. All because I had stopped Microsoft’s addiction for collecting data in the registry. Then I stopped Windows from collecting data as best I could without changing the entries in the registry. As a result, Microsoft collects less, but still data. With MacOS I am used to the fact that no or minimal data is collected, and so I became more dissatisfied with Windows. In the meantime I have also bought an Intel NUC as a desktop PC. Here, too, I first installed Windows.
It’s not the first time I’ve come into contact with Elementary OS; I installed it on my mothers old netbook. I’ve also had the system on the MacBook in the past, but at the time it wasn’t good enough for me because I still had MacOS. Now I look at the situation from a data protection and security perspective. When a lot of people hear about Linux – in this case Ubuntu – they think of old-fashioned design, poor handling and hardly usable software. That’s not the case anymore. I use Ubuntu for my servers, on which I provide websites, e-mails and cloud services, so I know a little about the operating system that Elementary OS uses as the core.
So I compared which programs I use on my Windows installations and quickly came across alternative programs or programs that were even provided directly by the manufacturers. Spotify, Filezilla, Firefox, Sublime Text, Telegram, Onlyoffice, all of these programs that I use almost every day are available for MacOS, Windows and Elementary OS. It looks different with graphics programs like Lightroom or Photoshop. For Photoshop I had to switch to GIMP, as a Lightroom replacement I now use Darktable and to organize my photos I use Shotwell. This also saves the fees that I have to pay to Adobe and their CreativeCloud, and i still have powerful tools with which I can edit my photos and graphics.
And for all tools that cannot be found in Elementary OS’s own app store, there is Flathub. There you can also find more up-to-date applications than in the Elementary OS app store. It must also be said that the current design of Elementary OS 5 becomes more modern with the appearance of Elementary OS 6. Closer to MacOS and its design features.
In terms of security, Elementary OS has been developed with data protection in mind, receives regular updates, even after a new operating system version has been released, and lets the user – as with MacOS – set a lot in a data protection-oriented manner. You can switch off location services, deactivate the history of opened programs, files, etc. and configure a firewall on the software level.
And for these reasons I’m switching to Elementary OS, at least on my Intel NUC desktop PC. On my Lenovo Legion 5 laptop, I’m still tied to Microsoft and Windows 10, because I like to play a small round of GTA 5 on the laptop and Rockstar Games does not provide the game for Ubuntu.
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