I've always used Ubuntu. It has better privacy setting and I can have total control over the OS. However, due to my work, I use many programs that don't run in Ubuntu and if there's an alternative, the cost of switching is too high. So in the end, I ended up using a mac more often than not.
Mac is not the perfect alternative, but I have to say that I'm more productive with it. It runs smoothly. And of course, when it comes to laptops, macbooks are usually built to last.
BUT, I'm tired of Apple's BS. There are so many things that bother me, but one of the things that really bothers me is the fact that I can't use an AMD graphics card because they no longer support openCL. I just don't want to be hooked up to their products. So I'm highly considering (1) selling my mac and buying a Razer (?) laptop, and (2) try Windows again.
I'd love to know your thoughts:
How bad is windows really? (Please let's be as objective as possible)
Is there a way to run Windows "privately"? (I've heard about windows "Flavours", but I'm concerned about their security)
Any laptop recommendations? I don't mind if it's expensive, but I want it to last. Ideally, I want it to be as powerful as a desktop. (Upgradeable up to 64gb RAM, 8 or 16gb GPU and a powerful processor.)
Please let me know your thoughts, and share any information you think it's useful.