Leaving the Mac Behind?

I’m really itching to get away from all things closed source as much as I can. One of the biggest is Apple. I’ve used Apple products for so long, they’re a huge part of my digital life. They’re easy to use, they just work, and they last a long time.

So why do I want to get away from Apple? I’m trying to figure that out. I want to make sure I’m not throwing the baby out with the bathwater. For example, my new M1 MacBook Pro is an amazing machine. However, I’m running Ubuntu on it and I keep coming up with compatibility issues related to the ARM64 architecture.

Mostly, I’d like to move everything I do to open source. While Apple’s stuff is very secure, I don’t like their increasing need to tell me how I should be doing things. For example, forcing me into using the Music app and messing up my music library, which prompted me to move to Jellyfin. The ecosystem is convenient and secure, but I feel like it’s making people lazy. I want more control over my digital devices and apps, even if it means it’s not as quick and convenient. How much convenience do we need?

I’m tempted to get a new laptop from System76, but I don’t want to shoot myself in the foot. I want to test everything in Pop! OS and make sure I can do everything I need to do.

So far, my Linux testing has been satisfying. I can do just about anything in Ubuntu 20.04 that I can do in Mac OS. So here’s a list of things that are keeping me on the fence:

  • Adobe apps
    I found alternative apps, but I need to learn them.
  • CleanShot
    I need to find an alternative, because the markup of images with arrows and boxes is just so easy.
  • Slack and Discord
    They only work in the browser in Ubuntu because of ARM64. They do work as a standalone app in Pop! OS (AMD64).

I think that’s it. Otherwise, everything I need to do I can do using Pop! OS.


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