New here on Techlore forum, so yea…
I recently got a new laptop computer, alongside my desktop one. So, for compartmentalization, I decided to limit my old desktop to personal stuffs only and will use the new laptop for studies-related stuffs(found it more useful than iPad at university). And I am looking for a new OS for that. I want it to be:
Maximum productivity & privacy and security.
NOT Fedora(I use it for my personal desktop, it is great, though I want something different)
Apps availability(I need apps like Obsidian and Standard Notes)
Hello and welcome to the forums you can you use either Windows or Mac os for your studies and for Linux you can Also use Unbuntu Based Distros like pop os or Linux mint for example they have the most software support in Linux
This is what I wanted to say. I doubt the thing you are tired of is your package manager or your kernel update cycle. A change of DE would probably be a bigger change than using to different GNOME distros.
I tried my best with using Linux for my studies but I ended up going with Windows 11, here’s why:
Because the device is compartmentalised away from my personal activities I find the boost in productivity to be substantial enough to justify running Windows on that device.
You can remove most invasive telemetry by choosing to run Windows 11 Enterprise and running the https://privacy.sexy script to disable the telemetry.
Best app support
Windows 11 has good security* (TPM, Secure boot and Hypervisor-protected code integrity)
OnlyOffice and Libreoffice always cause formatting issues on my documents so I went with Microsoft Office for productivity
First class performance
If you can afford it I would also recommend running macOS as it also has similar app support but has better security and you will be able to have more control with an application layer firewall like Lulu or Little Snitch
Focus on productivity
Superior security when compared to Linux and Windows
First class performance and hardware support
Large app library
Generally I am of the opinion that when it comes to learning you want to reduce the amount of friction between you and your studies. When you are running Linux on your school device it can make it take longer to complete your assignments and in my opinion when it comes to your education you should choose the most efficient tool for the job.
you didn’t mention what laptop you had so that’s why I recommended two options…
I personally prefer Linux but if needed I am free to use MacOS/Windows as well.
For the files formatting problems, it happens all the time, including but not limited to, PDF to Microsoft Word files, Only Office files to Microsoft Word files. Really annoying.
I like and would recommend Pop!_OS too, but be warned: I have experienced some minor annoying issues with a) not having the desktop as a place to place shortcuts, and b) problems with icons not appearing in the docker/not staying as favourites. Also, Pop Shop is unbearably slow, and you may be downloading unofficial versions of apps that don’t update.
For Standard Notes in particular, download the AppImage directly from their website. You then need to run something called AppImageLauncher if you want to be able to start up SN from the docker.