I think I can finally drop Windows

I would guess I’ve been using EndeavourOS for around a year, maybe a little more, but I finally feel in a position to stop using Windows almost entirely - and I thought I’d share with you my delight about that.

Clearly there is some telemetry in Windows that you can turn off, but I have a feeling that the new ‘co-pilot’ will include some rather shady ways to garner more information about us, and from us, so I’ve been hoping to get to the point where I can dump Windows for quite some time.

The main thing that was holding me back was gaming; what is the point in having to work at getting games to run in EndeavourOS when I can just use Windows where I know they work? Well, out of curiosity, I tackled the issue in EndeavourOS this week and found that my games ran extremely smoothly with Proton and, as an added bonus, put less strain on my GPU, which was constantly hitting 100% in Windows and occasionally causing crashes because of that.

I know many people prefer KDE Plasma, but EndeavourOS’ XFCE edition suits me very well. There are just enough options to make it what I want to make it. To me, it just feels more intuitive than KDE. Maybe in the future I’ll end up with just a window manager - but not for a while yet!

So congratulations to everyone involved with the EndeavourOS project, because it is truly an enjoyable and enlightening alternative to the whims of Windows, and a place that I actually enjoy doing many tasks that are banal when Microsoft is involved. Thank you!


I’m really glad to hear that! :partying_face:
Good riddance!

Awesome news! Welcome!

Read the EULA and your opinion will be grossly revised. We are light years beyond shady. Every photo in every folder, contents of every folder, every keystroke, every everything goes back to WA—they say it straight up. I feel like I’m tiny tiny tiny part of the pop. that reads EULAs…

…don’t celebrate yet, keep W10 in your back pocket. My W10 is unplugged from the mobo, updated on occasion, but you will need it for a rainy day. I stopped using it at all in 2018, but…

…this year (June?) I had a very important virtual meeting in Webex. My two Linux rigs, Endeavour and Solus, could not handle Webex duties–that day–even thru the browser, so I had to dust off W10.
TLDR version: I never thought I would ever say I’m glad I kept it

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You could just run it in some Win XP / Win 7 VM. :person_shrugging:

Perfectly said. I also rarely use W10 since libreoffice cannot handle “.xlsb” excel files that too with links and range names. Rest no issues so far.

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I too had fear about gaming in linux. But once I played my fav games the performance was smooth. As you said gpu performed better. You made the right choice. :slight_smile:

that is above my skill/desire level but am told many times I must try VM. someday would love to, thank you.

I’d recommend quickemu for running VMs as it’s very easy to set up: https://github.com/quickemu-project/quickemu


Welcome to the fold! There’s a point when you just sit back and realise, you’re in control. Whether it’s XFCE or Plasma or any other DE, the point is that you have a choice that’s yours and yours alone. And gaming, - well that’s just blown my mind recently too, how good gaming really is, especially for AMD card owners. Sometimes I just sit back and think to myself, “this really fits… it gets out of the way and lets me do exactly what I want” and that’s a wonderful feeling.

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Thay was me 2 years ago. Somehow they still make me use Windows at work.

Yeah, they make me use windoze at work, too. Not on my computer, though, I’d never accept that. They give me a laptop I can abuse. I couldn’t treat my own computer like that :rofl:

@thereillywriter @Kresimir
Look at you, what a bunch of Windows slaves! :rofl:
I’d never use Windows…even if that would mean i’d never have a work anymore! :clown_face:


P.S. You can always find a decent job as a :clown_face: !

I’m waiting until I am experienced enough to become an independent tax consultant - then I’ll exclusively use Linux (possibly with Windows in a VM in case of unresolvable file comparability). Give it another 5-10 years basically.

Come on now, you can do it in 5-10 minutes!
I believe in you!



Taxation is theft!
Consultation ended, now give me my 1000 $!


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Tax is not very FOSS. :joy:

I’m not a slave, because I voluntarily do my job. I get paid for it and I’m free to quit if I want. I’m perfectly fine using windoze at work. Like I said, the company I work for provides me with a laptop running windoze, which I use only for work. That for me is non-negotiable: if I had to use my own computer for work, I would insist that I have full control over what software runs on it (after all, it’s my computer), and that software certainly wouldn’t include windoze.

For me, the key to happiness is not having a job that I necessarily like (though, I’m quite happy with my job, despite using windoze), but a job that is fairly easy to do and pays well, so I can afford to do things that I like in my free time.

If the management of the company I work for is foolish enough to insist that I use windoze, I’ll use windoze, I don’t care, and I’ll always try to do the best job I can, given the circumstances. Sure, my productivity would be better if I used the GNU operating system (with Linux), and the security of it would be greatly improved, but that’s not my decision to make, and I don’t suffer the costs of that bad decision (except the minor discomfort of using windoze). I voice my recommendations, which are usually ignored, so from time to time I get to say: “I told you so.” :man_shrugging:

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Linux is not an operating system unto itself, but rather another free component of a fully functioning GNU system made useful by the GNU corelibs, shell utilities and vital system components comprising a full OS as defined by POSIX.

Many computer users run a modified version of the GNU system every day, without realizing it. Through a peculiar turn of events, the version of GNU which is widely used today is often called “Linux”, and many of its users are not aware that it is basically the GNU system, developed by the GNU Project.