Microsoft’s quality control leaves a lot to be desired

Oct 10, 2018 11:19 GMT  ·  By  ·  Comment  · 
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With Satya Nadella at the helm of Microsoft, Linux turned from a fierce Windows enemy to one of its closest friends, and features like the Windows Subsystem for Linux made it possible for the two operating systems to co-exist on the same machine, at the same time.

However, this hasn’t stopped Linux from being considered a full-time alternative to Windows, though I must admit that I’ve seen fewer people discussing this topic lately.

The Windows 10 version 1809 fiasco, which was mostly caused by the poor quality control at Microsoft, and which eventually led to releasing an operating system update that removed users’ files, has brought back the idea of leaving Windows 10 behind and moving to Linux once and for all.

Today, one of my colleagues who switched to Arch Linux a couple of years ago, told me he had basically zero issues with updates since he jumped ship. To be completely honest, this is exactly my experience on Windows too, though, by the looks of things, I’m one of the rare cases, as the majority of Microsoft users around me seem to be complaining about bugs these days.

Small glitches are inevitable, and they exist everywhere, no matter the platform, but a data removal bug is certainly something that you don’t expect to see in a major Windows update.

Microsoft itself has barely shared any info on the bug, until today when it published a detailed analysis of what happened in version 1809 and why some users ended up losing their files. In pure PR fashion, the company said that only a few devices were actually impacted, and I think that the wording it used wasn’t really the best choice:

The bug affected only “one one-hundredth of one percent of version 1809 installs,” according to Microsoft, who added that “any data loss is serious” and this is why the company decided to pull the update.

In the last few days, as I’ve covered the rollout of the October 2018 Update, I received a lot of messages from users frustrated over this experience with a new OS version, many of them threatening to switch to Linux. And then it hit me: fiascos like this are nothing more than the best time to leave Windows and to make the switch to Linux.

The dream of disruption-free computing.

The comment section of some of my recent articles on Windows 10 version 1809 is living proof that moving to Linux is an option that many people consider these days.

“I think several people should be fired for the nightmware that is Windows 10. I am refusing to use anything other than the LTSC version of it as it has no Xbox, cortana, etc. and Linux is what I wish to use full time. Support open source software and throw something like Solus or Ubuntu on a machine. Ridiculous that they send out patches to Windows machines now on a DAILY basis that inevitably break your system,” our reader Chris posted.

“Earlier this year I tried Windows for the first time since 2008; I hoped it could boost my productivity, but Windows really slows down any machine, and those reboots and slow updates are definitely not for me. Went back to Linux with no regrets. Windows is a bulky OS which no engineer at Microsoft can understand even on the surface,” Mario Abarca continued.

I’m not trying to convince anyone to switch to Linux, but the best thing you can do right now is to decide what’s best for you. Windows 10 has become too much of a headache these days, and work disruption and data loss are just two new reasons to look to the other side.

Also, I’m not saying that those who have decided to leave Windows behind are right, but they might be. Going to Linux could eventually help you avoid all the problems that we experience with updates these days and provide you with the disruption-free computing that we’re all hoping for.

Is Linux the right way to go? Is this the time to leave Windows 10 behind? You tell us.

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