I’ve dumped Windows, again, recently.
I came up through the mini and mainframe days and was always fascinated by Linux, but we had Macs and later Windows PCs at work, as well as terminals.
(At one point, I had a VT100, a Burroughs terminal, a DEC Rainbow, an IBM PC, an HP 125, an HP 150 (with touch screen) and a Mac Plus on my desk, as I was supporting a range of different applications on each of those platforms and the VAX cluster in the data centre).
I switched to Linux as my main desktop in 2003 and stuck with it until 2007, when I bought an iMac - with the lecturer savings on the iMac, it cost me about as much as a PC + 24" display, but the prices of 24" displays and PCs dropped drastically after that and the Macs just went up in price; and I no longer qualified for a lecturer discount. I was then working for a web design agency and that was all Windows, so I moved back to Windows at home as well and I’ve had a series of jobs since then, where the main platform at work was Windows, but I’ve had enough of Microsoft’s shenanigans with Windows 11 and their, currently, dreadful situation with patching. So I am back on Linux (I went with openSUSE, as I have long been a SUSE user and the Manjaro installer wouldn’t boot on my Ryzen 1700).
Due to currently skyrocketing electricity prices (over 40% increase in the last 3 months), I am seriously considering buying a Mac mini to save electricity, without losing too much raw performance.
Out of interest, what do you use for photo management and photo editing on Manjaro? (Or do you still do that on the Mac?) I was using Capture One + Serif Affinity Photo on Windows and haven’t found anything to match that on Linux. I am trying to get used to Darktable at the moment, for management. But I’d probably go back to Affinity Photo on the Mac, not sure what I’d use for management, I’d have to look at Photos. I used to use Apeture, but they canned that just before I dumped my iMac (Apple stopped supporting it after only a few years).