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amit
amit
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Ron
Ron

@amit I suggest you check in with @cdevroe who made the same transition to Windows in the last year or so and wrote in quite a bit of detail about his experiences with the change. You might find some helpful advice in his writings.

hjertnes
hjertnes

@amit interesting. I use Windows at work and I hate it

the
the

@amit I largely agree with you although I'm hanging on for now, waiting for a worthy replacement for MacBook Air. My Air has been my favourite computer in a long line of machines. (My second favourite is probably my old Motion Tablet PC, although by today's standards it is heavy & slow.) The latest Airs are really a step back imho, and the accompanying price increase just underlines it.

amit
amit

@Ron Thank you Ron for the suggestion. I have been following Colin's migration journey to Windows for some time, right from his post from choosing the right laptop. Have bookmarked few posts of his :-)

amit
amit

@hjertnes Well, I do not hate it. Sure, I like it a lot less as compared to my experience with macOS. It is the hardware strategy from Apple that's behind the switch.

amit
amit

@the I completely agree. I have been hanging on to my 2011 MBP for over an year now. My patience with the dying hardware could only take me this far. Plus the other ultrabooks offerings out their in the market made it even more difficult.

canion
canion

@amit I can’t work with Windows 10, but I’ve been hanging onto my 2013 MacBook Pro for the same hardware reasons. This year I might buy the new iMac, but I’m not touching an Apple notebook until they redesign them.

devilgate
devilgate

@amit I recommend Cygwin as a partial replacement for Terminal. I used it for years at work. It gives a pretty good Linux-style experience on Windows.

Though in Windows 10 with their Unix subsystem, you don't even need Cygwin. From the little I've used it (in a Windows VM running on Mac, for what it's worth) it seems to be as good as Cygwin. Maybe better, in that it supports standard package managers.

Ron
Ron

@amit Okay great, then you're already on it. Well done!

amit
amit

@canion I guess there’s a significant user base of Apple with a very similar thought. I guess iMac is one option, but not if portability is one of your creteria. As I wrote, Windows is not such big a deterrent for me. I have used the platform a lot more. But I would have liked to continue being on Mac.

pratik
pratik

@amit I totally understand. As you mention, upgrade concerns aside, people in India find it very difficult to buy Apple coz of lack of official support. I wish the 100% FDI would cone sooner. But India is a very price-sensitive market so potential market is small.

oyam
oyam

@devilgate @amit if you need native solution, I highly recommend msys2 before you go the Cygwin route. It’s much simpler with less of design bugs. If you don’t need native, do enable the Linux subsystem, it’s basically Linux kernel in a container out of je box.

devilgate
devilgate

@oyam @amit Interesting, I haven't come across MSYS2 before. Probably just as well: I used to work for a company called Misys (which is where I mainly used Cygwin). The scope for typos, misspellings and general confusion would have been great.

kaa
kaa

@canion I’m with you on that. My 2013 MacBook still does the trick with grace. I recon we can eek out another 3 years on this hardware? That means that Apple should have come up with something more compelling over 8 years!!! Cmon Apple I believe in you :)

amit
amit

@devilgate @oyam Great inputs, thank you. My experience with Cygwin has always been terrible -- so much so that I preferred to not have the features than to go through the trouble. May be I will take a look at msys2.

To be frank, I have high hopes with WSL, it's something that I will give a try first.

amit
amit

@pratik I do not think Apple's issue with Indian market is taxes. It is rather ther lack of understanding of the market they want to own. They need to realize that applying generalized learning won't work -- they need to closely work on local problems. Both Amazon and Google (even Microsoft and other Windows OEMs) are doing it well and so they stand a chance to succeed.

pratik
pratik

@amit When I mentioned 100% FDI, I meant more about control of the brand, retail, and customer service experience and less about taxes (that hurts too). But I agree with your point about understanding local needs but then it’s Apple’s and folks like you who lose out.

canion
canion

@kaa I like the plan. But my Arrow Down button is already wonky!