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PC users who switched from Mac. Any regrets?

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I am contemplating a Build to install OSX. We switched from Windoze back in 2007 and I really love everything about our Macs. My work desktops are Windows 10 boxes and I deal with them, but when I get home I like to have my OSX and no worries. Plus I do quite a bit on Logic Pro 10 and we are pretty invested in the Apple ecosystem.

However, Wife wants to start playing WoW again, and a MAC to support their new requirements is basically an iMAC Pro which is WAY out the question. So thinking of building a Hackintosh and get a decent gaming system in the house in case we want to do any other PC games

What are the sound issues with DRM files currently? That could be a bummer, but we have our other MacBooks and iMacs and iPhone and AppleTVs to listen to music with. But curious on the issue. Is the a link of "gotchas" or other concerns with the builds on this site?
 
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Since Shiki and now (Lilu/WhateverGreen) I haven't noticed any DRM issues on the Mac side ( in fact thee days it is much better than it used to be ).
 
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I would switch to windows if it would have all features I currently use in macOS. But by now Windows is missing so many features or require 3rd party apps which most time look and feel bad.
Heck it starts with simple things like displaying Foldersizes in the Explorer
 

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What are the sound issues with DRM files currently? That could be a bummer, but we have our other MacBooks and iMacs and iPhone and AppleTVs to listen to music with.
I've only ever experienced video DRM issues with a Customac, never any sound issues. Any music that you buy from iTunes will play on a hackintosh without restrictions.
 

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I've only ever experienced video DRM issues with a Customac, never any sound issues. Any music that you buy from iTunes will play on a hackintosh without restrictions.
Same here. Happily now, with WEG et al, even video problems seem a thing of the past :thumbup: (though I have never tried 4k, only HD)
 
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Windows 10 is awful if you are switching to a pc laptop, hackintosh it, i dual boot Windows 10 on my laptop all it is good for is gaming. Windows 10 updates will drive you nuts, it is slow, laggy, and a total ram hog on anything but a super computer (compared to linux/unix based operating systems), if you are using Adobe products you will hate having to use control instead of command (seriously, try to click ctrl-shift-s, its a nightmare). The list of Windows flaws goes on and on!
That said steam is really helping linux gaming come along, hopefully soon we can all just ditch windows and move to linux for gaming and mac for productivity!!
Really the only thing holding linux back from being the be all and end all of operating systems, is its lack of support for Adobe products. Along with a few other annoyances that make productivity a little hard, however most of these can be taken care of by choosing and tweaking the right distro. Many people complain that installing apps on linux is hard, but once you learn how it is actually easier and safer then windows.
 
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Windows 10 is awful if you are switching to a pc laptop, hackintosh it, i dual boot Windows 10 on my laptop all it is good for is gaming. Windows 10 updates will drive you nuts, it is slow, laggy, and a total ram hog on anything but a super computer (compared to linux/unix based operating systems), if you are using Adobe products you will hate having to use control instead of command (seriously, try to click ctrl-shift-s, its a nightmare). The list of Windows flaws goes on and on!
That said steam is really helping linux gaming come along, hopefully soon we can all just ditch windows and move to linux for gaming and mac for productivity!!
Really the only thing holding linux back from being the be all and end all of operating systems, is its lack of support for Adobe products. Along with a few other annoyances that make productivity a little hard, however most of these can be taken care of by choosing and tweaking the right distro. Many people complain that installing apps on linux is hard, but once you learn how it is actually easier and safer then windows.
When I do game (I'm not a serious gamer), I only play stuff that are available in the macOS platform too, like Civilization 5. Or iOS games (Dominations etc). I used to use Bluestacks Android emulator, which was available on both macOS and Windows (still waiting on the Mojave version though).

So I don't really need Windows for my light gaming. I use Adobe products too, and I dual-boot my Hackintosh PC with both Windows 10 and macOS Mojave, and I don't really mind the change in keyboard shortcuts. I got used to doing both (command or control). What I do mind is how Premiere Pro performs better on the macOS Mojave... like huge difference in both playback and export... on the same build.

I also mind that due to the fonts, blurriness and weird resolutions in Windows 10, I get more headaches. macOS on the other hand is more pleasing to my eyes, even when I'm using the same 27" screen for both OSs.

I totally agree on the Windows update part. I've got this AsusPro laptop which has Windows 10, and I still don't know whether I should attempt Hackintoshing it, or just install Linux on it. Last time I tried Linux was over 10 years ago. I believe it was Fedora. Didn't really like the experience.

I tried selling it so I can maybe replace it with a used Macbook Pro, but over here nobody wants a Windows laptop it seems. Would like your opinion of whether I should attempt for macOS Mojave, or if you have an "easy" Linux distro you can recommend for me.
 
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When I do game (I'm not a serious gamer), I only play stuff that are available in the macOS platform too, like Civilization 5. Or iOS games (Dominations etc). I used to use Bluestacks Android emulator, which was available on both macOS and Windows (still waiting on the Mojave version though).

So I don't really need Windows for my light gaming. I use Adobe products too, and I dual-boot my Hackintosh PC with both Windows 10 and macOS Mojave, and I don't really mind the change in keyboard shortcuts. I got used to doing both (command or control). What I do mind is how Premiere Pro performs better on the macOS Mojave... like huge difference in both playback and export... on the same build.

I also mind that due to the fonts, blurriness and weird resolutions in Windows 10, I get more headaches. macOS on the other hand is more pleasing to my eyes, even when I'm using the same 27" screen for both OSs.

I totally agree on the Windows update part. I've got this AsusPro laptop which has Windows 10, and I still don't know whether I should attempt Hackintoshing it, or just install Linux on it. Last time I tried Linux was over 10 years ago. I believe it was Fedora. Didn't really like the experience.

I tried selling it so I can maybe replace it with a used Macbook Pro, but over here nobody wants a Windows laptop it seems. Would like your opinion of whether I should attempt for macOS Mojave, or if you have an "easy" Linux distro you can recommend for me.
Linux Mint is great, easy to use, very snappy like Mac OS. It comes in four flavors, cinnamon, IMO is the most elegant, but is slitty more resource heavy, still way lighter then Windows 10. My guess would be that your laptop is fairly powerful, but you will probably still notice a performance increase over Windows. Mint XFCE is light enough that i have run it on a Windows XP laptop, but is kind of ugly. :)
Ubuntu is also pretty great, not as elegant, but is just as easy to use.
They both have a great appstore with full desktop versions of apps (unlike windows store), and a large selection. Anything you can't find in the App Store can be googled and installed with a simple apt-get command.

Hackintoshing would also be a great idea for it, just go to the laptop section of the tonymac forum, RehabMan has done a great job making it easy to hack a laptop. Try to find a guide, if you can't just follow the general laptop instructions, the community over there is always quick to help with any issues you may encounter. One thing to note is that if you have a dedicated graphics card it probably won't work in Mac OS.

You have to admit that command-shift-s is more natural then ctrl-shift-s :)
 
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Linux Mint is great, easy to use, very snappy like Mac OS. It comes in four flavors, cinnamon, IMO is the most elegant, but is slitty more resource heavy, still way lighter then Windows 10. My guess would be that your laptop is fairly powerful, but you will probably still notice a performance increase over Windows. Mint XFCE is light enough that i have run it on a Windows XP laptop, but is kind of ugly. :)
Ubuntu is also pretty great, not as elegant, but is just as easy to use.
They both have a great appstore with full desktop versions of apps (unlike windows store), and a large selection. Anything you can't find in the App Store can be googled and installed with a simple apt-get command.

Hackintoshing would also be a great idea for it, just go to the laptop section of the tonymac forum, RehabMan has done a great job making it easy to hack a laptop. Try to find a guide, if you can't just follow the general laptop instructions, the community over there is always quick to help with any issues you may encounter. One thing to note is that if you have a dedicated graphics card it probably won't work in Mac OS.

You have to admit that command-shift-s is more natural then ctrl-shift-s :)
Thank you so much. I will check the Cinnamon version, as I am sure the laptop (2017 model) can handle it. Even if I end up Hackintoshing it, I am seriously considering triple-booting my Hackintosh PC with a flavor of Linux... you know, to expand my horizons, see what I'm missing. :D

No dedicated card on this model (AsusPro B9440UA, i5 version), and no ports either, other than USB-C and a headphone jack, so fingers crossed I will at least get it to boot in Mojave. :)
 
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