So now Microsoft is suddenly deciding devices that "weren't" compatible are now perfectly compatible with Windows 11, and they're rolling this out in bunches at a time.

I still get "This device can not support Windows 11" but my coworkers are starting to see "Upgrade NOW!" and it's honestly gotten a bit sour seeing as I may be next. They're bypassing those who're editing the registry to stop this, too.

If I have to start diving into the deep ends of Windows and find out what IP Windows gets it's updates just to slap it into my HOSTS file, we're already in the apocalypse.

This upgrade is not bad for common people, but upon seeing that the Start menu GUI and taskbar got butchered horribly (I place my taskbar on top of the screen, Windows 11 doesn't allow for that) I myself absolutely want as much distance between me and that shit as possible.

In college, I've been hearing my fellow classmates having issues with Windows 11 left and right, including with how hard it is to get another browser to even work, to the Windows Store not even downloading Microsoft's own apps, to endless update loops, to the infamous "Update of Death"

Keep in mind, they got computers with better specs than mine, and they're having a worse experience. A lot of them just got refunds to the very last issue I just mentioned, all within August, day of purchase to day of return.

Microsoft, I am begging you for mercy, I'm so close to just getting up, finding out where you are, and blocking you from my network at all network and device levels.

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    excuse me sir
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    @zlice Definitely, what's a good Linux distro that has relatively good .exe support for gaming and GUI that isn't Chrome OS? I have a rig built for both gaming and workstations, but don't know what is compatible with my motherboard and/or hardware so that the graphic. It also needs to support a UGEE drawing tablet.

    I've been investing into getting a second internal SSD for Linux just so I don't have another forced Windows Upgrade. I was looking into Windows 10 Workstation for my next build, if I can not get a Linux-compatible PC.

    NVIDIA GTX 1660, 32 GB DDR4 RAM, Ryzen 5 2600 hexacore CPU, ASUS PRIME A320M-K (mobo), Ugee 1910B Drawing Tablet (Monitor)
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    @Vetpetmon the hardware you have does not seem to be an issue. Chrome OS does not even remotely come to mind when you are a power user in search for freedom.
    Exe support is not a big deal either, getting certain programs to run nicely now that is a different thing especially games can often barely run stable in Windows. Often requiring certain DRM/anti-cheat services to run. Valve does a lot of effort to get Linux support. There is a Windows API layer called wine that allows for a lot of programs including games to run brilliantly on Linux. In Steam play this is called proton.

    Don't know what you do with your tablet but I hear great things about Krita. I'm not a fan of KDE but you might very well be. Get a distro with good Steam support and perhaps start out with KDE as Desktop environment.
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    @Vetpetmon In Linux, the first choice is between Rolling Release (RR) or Long Term Support (LTS) distros. RR offers more recent software while LTS is less likely to break.

    If you want LTS, I recommend Mint with Cinnamon desktop. It's nice, easy, and the desktop works much like Windows. The support forums are friendly, useful, and accomodating for newbies.

    I've been on Mint for two years now and migrated most of my family non-IT end users from Windows to Mint as well. Since Mint is Ubuntu based (but better), it shares the same base so that e.g. gaming is like under Ubuntu. All the tips apply, and Ubuntu is a main target.

    If you want RR, then I suggest Manjaro with either Cinnamon or KDE desktop.

    You can (and should) make a bootable USB stick for live testing (i.e. no install) how the hardware support is, and how you like it. Under Windows, Rufus is a classic tool for bootable USB sticks.
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    Can confirm: gaming under Ubuntu is perfectly fine with Steam on Linux and Lutris.
    Lutris' Wine versions even have measures to work with EasyAntiCheat, if you're that much into gaming.

    My system has top of the line hardware, and im running ubuntu22 on it, dont have any problems.

    Just keep an eye on Protondb, if you try out a game you havent played on that system before.
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    Even the RGB Shenanigans work with OpenRGB (not that i personally need it)
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    This confirms that Windows 11 was just a marketing stunt to get people to buy new computers because their good enough old ones are "not good enough". But anyway, Windows 10 is the last version of Windows.
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    @Fast-Nop In what ways is Mint better than Ubuntu? I ask not to challenge you but just to understand why I see Mint recommend more than Ubuntu and I realized I don't really know how they differ.
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    @Polymorphism E.g. Mint eliminates Snap completely and instead ships e.g. Firefox and Chromium as native applications, with better performance. Also, Mint is the flagship distro for the Cinnamon desktop, and the Mint tools (Software Center, Upate Manager etc.) are very nice.
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    Debian linux ftw. Simple, stable, secure (if you configure it as such) and apt still is the best package manager around. I accept no substitute. Been running for 10+ years without any regrets. Never looked back to the likes of mickeysoft
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    3 years on debian since my MB died and windows 10 chucked a sad. I used to dual boot just to play space engineers but now that I have it working well enough, i unplugged the windows hdd. am surviving without nontsoEpic store access.
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