There doesn’t seem to be a place for discussing an OS that isn’t by Microsoft, Apple, or Google. So into Off Topic this goes. I was going to report on my success with Linux on my new ThinkPad X1 Extreme 2, and it indeed has gone fairly well. It’s still early stages, nevertheless I was optimistic. I have had only one hiccup so far when it notified me of important firmware updates from Lenovo then failed to install, saying I had the wrong hardware (?!). Fortunately a search came up with an easy solution hidden within a Reddit thread. Unfortunately I had to search and dig through REDDIT of all places to find the answer, it was 1.5 years old with several others asking about the bug (does nobody ever notice and fix these bugs?), and it required typing an arcane incantation into the Terminal. First time I’ve had to do that (good); yet I’ve a foreboding feeling it’s only the beginning (bad). Which illustrates one of the reasons the topic is titled Going Linux with a question mark. Things are way better than 15 years ago—with much easier, quicker, trouble-free installs and usage—UNLESS you have an issue due to hardware or software that’s out of the 95% norm. Or if there’s a glitch after a Linux or app update (like X1 Tablet trackpoint support working then disappearing for no known reason after a new kernel was released). Then it can become a complicated task for Linux gurus who live for this stuff. It’s their hobby, their cult, and it feels like they want it to stay difficult for those who aren’t part of their club. Which brings up the #2 reason for the question mark: the toxic Linux community. No, not all of them and it’s certainly better than it was 15-20 years ago when I last tried Linux a few times. But as for the various Linux forums, TPCR they are not (okay I’m spoiled, but...) Reddit’s Linux subfora are actually among the friendliest and most helpful. That should say a lot. Then there’s the Linux FOSS purist zealots... let’s not go there for now. To sum up, I’m having second thoughts as to whether going Linux will be less stressful and frustrating than dealing with Windows and its infuriating forced Updates with frequent bugs. I haven’t given up, not quite, but things are not currently looking hopeful. I might need to let Linux bake another decade or so.