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Published at: 2022-07-17

tags: #personal #rant

Attempts at moving away from apple

I've been trying to move away from the Apple ecosystem for a while now.

However, I keep coming back to it over and over again.

So over the past few years, I have tried moving away from using MacBooks as my daily driver. I have sampled various OSes such as Arch, Ubuntu, PopOS, Manjaro, and windows with WSL2. Yet I can never get comfortable in any of them over the long term to the point where I am willing to ditch my MacBook. The one that got me the closets was using Arch with a bunch of suckless software. But I could not go all the way with it since I wouldn't say I liked how the machine I used to run it (Thinkpad T14 2021) felt to my hands.

Before continuing my semi-rant, I should describe what I do with my MacBook on a typical day. It is not anything cool even though I hold the title of "Software Engineer." I use VS Code remote to work out of a proper Linux server, browser the internet, message on slack, and jump on zoom calls. That is it. Once in a while might run stuff locally via docker, but that is rare since I like the battery life that just using remote servers for dev gives me. I know I could do all my work off a Chromebook if needed since VsCode is fully available on GitHub now.

So, I think I will give up and use my MacBook as a daily driver and continue working out of remote servers. Especially since it seems that it is what all the cool kids are doing now.

I'm not sure what I wanted to accomplish with this other than a small rant about how I tried multiple OSes, bought various machines, and still just ended up back where I started on my MacBook.