Pondering Full Switch to Linux Mint

I’ve been using Windows 10 as my primary OS since Windows 10 was released with the occasional periods where I would dual boot my PC with Linux Mint. In the last year, I’ve stuck to running just Windows on my primary PC and Mint on my older laptop. I didn’t see the need to dual boot the main computer anymore and figured that I would just stick to a single OS, but I really want to run Mint on my main PC again, so I’m now wondering if I could finally make the jump off of Windows completely and move my main PC to Mint.

My only hesitation is some of the software that I run, but I find myself running the Windows-dependent software less and less these days sticking to stuff that can run either via the web or using software available for both Windows and Mint. Gaming was a big part of the holdout to this point, but I haven’t gamed much on my main computer in the last half year. I understand that Steam has made some big improvements in that area making it possible to run some Windows-only games in a Linux environment now. I’d love to see how that works.

So, I’ve decided that maybe I should bring back the dual boot on my machine for a month or two and see if I can stick to using just Mint for now. I want to run a few experiments with my hardware to see what the performance looks like. I recently installed a new motherboard and processor, which I haven’t run on Mint yet. I also want to test the new Steam capabilities with games. If I can get things working in a satisfactory state, I think I will finally be able to make the jump off of Windows and run everything on Mint.

It will definitely be an interesting move and one I’m curious to see how it will play out. I plan to share what happens and what I experience making this change.

Chromium-Based Edge Browser

If you follow Windows news, you have probably seen the news regarding Microsoft moving to use a Chromium-based version of Edge in future Windows 10 updates. The news first broke as a “we are hearing rumors about” articles followed by Microsoft confirming this news the very next day in a blog post.

When I first heard the rumor, I was curious how this would play out. Most articles said something like “Edge is dead” but I didn’t feel the same way. I personally felt that Microsoft would just continue using the name Edge for the browser included in Windows 10, and that is exactly what happened. This means that Edge as we no it will be no more in the future, but it doesn’t mean that Edge is going away completely. This move is a smart one considering a good portion of Windows 10 users probably only associate the Internet with the E on their taskbar. Just ask anyone who works in tech support for Windows users.

I’m still trying to decide how I feel about this move. This move means Microsoft is moving away from their rendering engine, and I have always felt that more competition is good. Dropping another rendering engine means more stuff is going to be served by Blink, the rendering engine in Chromium, and I feel like this could push us towards a path where websites start being built specifically for Blink while ignoring other engines. This would put browsers like Firefox in a tough position and create an online environment similar to what we had back when Internet Explorer was the main way people accessed the Internet. Many websites came with “Internet Explorer required” on the website and would only run using stuff built into Internet Explorer. I don’t remember that time fondly, and I don’t want to deal with it again.

The Mozilla CEO actually responded to Microsoft’s announcement, and they feel very similar to what I feel. You can read the response here: https://blog.mozilla.org/blog/2018/12/06/goodbye-edge/

Time will tell how this plays out. I’m curious to see what a Chromium-based version of Edge will be like. It is possible to sign up for the Edge Insider program and get access to preview builds. I’m not sure if I will do that or not. Oh, who am I kidding? I’ll definitely sign up!