I have the sinking feeling that my early 2011 Macbook Pro is slowly but surely reaching the end of its life. It's getting more unreliable every day, but what's worse - more & more apps are no longer compatible and I don't dare upgrade the OS. I'm waiting for the day Firefox will stop working - that happened to my mom this summer & my dad's old Macbook was only a bit older than mine. Problem is a) I no longer trust Apple as I used to and b) a newer Macbook with similar specs costs a fortune.

I'm honestly considering a switch to Linux if I can convince myself that I can still do everything I want to. In the past 2 years I've slowly moved towards choosing privacy-oriented solutions whenever I can, most notably leaving GSuite by moving to a combo of Protonmail, Nextcloud & Cryptpad. Seems to me most FOSS apps are also available for Linux, and I think switching from Photos/iMovie/iTunes etc should be possible, too. The one thing I suspect I might lose is my Bigfish games library.

@shirasade I switched over to Linux earlier this year, too. I went dual boot first, because I'm a coward, but once I set it to load into Linux by default I have spent almost no time back in Windows. Getting all my stuff set up was a pain, and I took a LOT of notes so next time I do it I don't have to do all the debugging, but now that it's set up it's pretty much smooth sailing.

@demitas What do you think, how much of a pain is it for someone like me who's not very tech-savvy? I mean, I can follow instructions, but if I need to use much command line, I'll soon hit the end of my abilities... I was thinking of dual boot to test it out, too, but I'm afraid my poor old laptop won't take it.


@shirasade @demitas There are many desktop environments out there that make it easy to configure most things via gui. For all the basic stuff you probably won’t need to touch a terminal. For everything else there are loads of friendly people out there who love to help out.
You need to accept the fact that Linux environments run a bit differently than other OSes. They are not more complicated but different. So enjoy exploring new things.

@quinnhempstead @demitas That's what I'm hoping. The whole Linux community strikes me as very active and friendly. I'm beginning to realise it's really mostly my game collection that I'll miss - but maybe if I delete everything else I can continue using my old Macbook for that purpose for a while longer.

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