-- Woody Allen, "Without Feathers"
As some of you know, I had tentative plans to switch from my DeGoogled LineageOS / Android phone (some variation of which I have been using since 2016) over to an iPhone just as soon as they managed to rid their devices of that garish notch. Thankfully, the universe reminded me this past week why I stopped giving proprietary Operating Systems the benefit of the doubt, forcing me to reevaluate that plan.
So before we get into the specifics of why I have changed course yet again, let me first address why I had even gotten to this point. Back in 2018 I penned a post called "Android Fraking Sucks" and concluded that the Purism Librem 5 was the solution to those problems. Well anybody who keeps up with this blog knows that I subsequently rejected the Librem 5 as a viable alternative just over a year later with my three part series "The Sad Saga of Purism and the Librem 5". At some point in the last year, I had begrudgingly decided that I would give iOS a serious shot but that I would hold out until their garish hardware became somewhat less ugly. Sorry Apple lovers, but when you've got a OnePlus 7 Pro any current iPhone just seems ugly in comparison.
So anybody who is even remotely paying attention to processors knows that Intel is in some really deep shit. Back in 2014 they were essentially riding high above all of the competition and nobody could even come close to challenging their vice like grip on the market. My my how times have changed.
Fast forward to the present day, seven years later and you'll find a situation that is almost unrecognizable. Intel is still pushing processors built on the same tech as they were in 2014. They just have more cores, generate more heat and suck down way more power. To be fair, their integrated GPU (Intel Xe) is actually a bit better nowadays. But only if you ignore the woeful state of the drivers.
As some of you may have heard, yesterday Microsoft announced the upcoming release of Windows 11. As an early build had leaked last week and Microsoft had dropped a number of hints this did not shock anybody in particular. What was rather shocking was how little Microsoft seems to give a shit about the normal everyday average computer user.
Now if you are a frequent reader, you know that I wholeheartedly believe that Windows is a Legacy Operating System. The core of my reasoning can be understood by quoting a single part of the post: