Come back to Linux, bye bye Windows 10

I switched from Mac OSX to Windows 10 in July 2016. I found a beautiful OS (better than the predecessors) and efficient at the end of the day. I used Windows 10 every day on a Microsoft Surface Pro 4 and for 14 months I’m satisfied enough. Enough.

Sure, because if I exclude web applications for online services (same UX on every OS) I found all right software for my daily workflow: clipboard manager, text expander, PDF management, screenshot tools, a good terminal and another brief list, but I did not find a simple thing rare to find with an OS: feeling.

No, right, I do not miss just the emotional involvement, I miss know to have the hands on the machine, the possibility to customize the OS as I expect. Windows 10 is a huge platform that works, but as other jumbos it’s hard to customize. If you want to stay with the offer, you can. But if you want to change some UX options, you can’t. Not are me to find out this, obviously, but now I’m slamming my nose against.

Customizing for me it means Linux. I used Linux for years while I attended the university. Slackware first, Debian and Ubuntu after. When I finished studies, since 2008, I believed that the right way to work with a featured notebook was a MacBook (the white) and I abandoned Linux OS for my workstation. How I was wrong.

I’ll keep my Microsoft laptop – for now – but on my new desktop workstation, I’ll install directly a Linux distro, again. I do not know yet if I’ll use Ubuntu Budgie, Ubuntu Gnome or Elementary OS, but just from now, I feel more free and peaceful.

Welcome back, past. Welcome, future.

Web Extensions for coming back to Firefox

From the beautiful and most fascinating CNET Special Report on the Mozilla Firefox rebirth:

But another change in Firefox 57 will break a venerable part of Firefox — the extensions technology that lets you customize the browser. For example, with extensions you can block ads, protect your privacy, download YouTube videos, translate websites and manage passwords. Extensions were a key advantage back when Mozilla first took on IE in 2004, but Mozilla is switching to Web Extensions, a variation of Chrome’s customization technology.

I found that the only reason that keeps me far away to Firefox is the poverty of their universe of extensions. Some are obsoleting, some with missing features and much others absent (comparing with Chrome, obviously). And it’s an absurd because Mozilla was the first browser with a large add-ons store.

Next big Firefox version it will provide the simplest way for developers to build extensions and convert a Chrome Extension to a Web Extension. It could be a comeback revolution and would be meaning a huge exodus to the Mozilla’s browser for all users, like me, that has lived a web diaspora.

Good news on the open side of the web.

Personal and partisan

Welcome to my umpteenth personal blog. The last one. Before I’ll open another one, of course. In English, this time, because I want to learn, because I want to compare myself with international standards, because my newsfeed is mostly in English, because I like it and because of my matters.

The blog hasn’t a predefined topic but orbit in the IT world: software, programming, managing and productivity. The themes which I use all days in office and read all nights on the bed.

Will be all personal and partisan opinions. I’ll write for me: thank you for reading, thank you for patience, for mistakes, for your support and welcome. Let’s start.