I mostly do web dev, some audio editing (on an #iPhone lately), and I truly, deeply, with all my heart hate my 2016 #Macbook's keyboard (replaced it once already, due for the second replacement), stupid touchbar, lack of USB-A and no SD-card reader. It's also slow as shit, and holds battery for, like 2,5 hours tops.
Question is, should I wait a few years and keep struggling with the old known evil, or switch to a superior hardware and a new, #FOSS evil?..
@rosnovsky switch to Linux. Try USB install (just to test it out) using PNY or Kingston 3.0 USB uefi Debian install. Crunch bang ++ or Debian CD installer to try out Linux. Old macs suffer because new OS X software refuses to support older than 11.0 OSX versions... etc etc
@Maza The issue with USB installs on Macbooks is that Macbooks don't have function keys anymore (and the touchbar is not supported in Linux), and touchpad doesn't work, and so forth — it's not an experience to enjoy. But I'm familiar with Linux (desktop Ubuntu, server Debian), so it's going to be a jump :)
@datenteiler yep, sounds like a plan ;)
@rosnovsky I’ve used Debian-based systems for web development for several years on different devices and have no plans to go back to Mac or Windows. The programs and hardware I use for development are well-supported nowadays, and I like the fine-grain control the open source ecosystem allows. I don’t do much sound editing, but programs like Audacity are available out of the box. Switching will likely end up saving you money, too.
@rosnovsky audio editing is the deciding factor here - if you do audio editing on your laptop it's very hard for a linux machine to outdo a mac because the software is underdeveloped or just plain not there. there's, like, ardour, and audacity, and reaper's sorta usable now, but that's really all you have without dipping into windows programs via WINE. and PulseAudio and ALSA don't hold a candle to CoreAudio by my experience.
@bclindner right, thanks for the insight! I think, I understand the trade-offs, more or less. For a long time I had to use Adobe products, and couldn't switch even in theory. Now it's no longer the case, and I don't really do that much audio editing anyway.
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