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Note: Unless I'm missing something, these have a max of 16GB RAM. Disappointing.

> The battery lasts for 13h under Linux, which is not too shabby. However, it lasts a whooping 22,5h with Windows 10.

This makes me wonder how it would fare when booting into Windows and running Linux inside a VM.

I'm pretty sure that's going to be my next laptop setup now that Apple's notebooks seem to have finally diverged too far from my needs.

I'm not in love with Windows, but as long as you don't go out of your way to screw it up it makes a pretty decent bootloader & hardware abstraction layer that also plays games. =)




>* I'm not in love with Windows, but as long as you don't go out of your way to screw it up it makes a pretty decent bootloader*

So, I've been running win10 on my games machine for about ten months now, and there's been two 'reboot now or in 15 minutes, no other choices' updates that I've seen, and a sizable number of times I've come back to it having autorebooted to a login prompt. Usually I'm just gaming, but I've had it reboot with open documents.

I could probably turn this off somewhere, but as it's not a mission-critical computer, it's still amusing to me.


Nope, the only reliable way to block it (that i know of) is to break reboot service by taking away permissions to run or edit it from your own OS

Possibly it will get overturned by autoupdate after a while anyway


Oh for Christ sake, just disable the Windows Update service and stop complaining. Done. No updates until you turn it back on.

It's two clicks.


Hahaha wow. Well, that's good to know. That would be a possible non-starter for a machine actually intended for "real work."


"I'm pretty sure that's going to be my next laptop setup now that Apple's notebooks seem to have finally diverged too far from my needs."

I'd be quite curious to know which specific "need" has been diverged from, given that these models have either the same limitations (max 16GB LPDDR3 RAM) or more-limiting ones (max 512GB SSD, no discrete graphics)...


I'm still on the fence if my next laptop will be an Apple. I have been squeamish about changes to the Macbook Pro over the years. I've had terrible luck with batteries. In every laptop I've had to buy a new battery after 2 years because it failed sooner than advertised (but outside of the warranty). I was skeptical when they got rid of the user replacement battery, but I was wrong. Battery reliability got better and it wasn't that difficult to actually replace the battery.

On every laptop I've owned I've also had to replace the hard drive and have upgraded the ram both because of failures and in order to upgrade. I still like having a DVD rom, but replaced my wife's DVD rom with an SSD without giving it much thought 6 months ago. She was in the hospital and her friends brought over a DVD box set and she had forgotten I had removed her DVD rom. I just paid for the series again on iTunes.

I'm also not yet ready to give up all of my ports for this next purchase. Thunderbolt had the same promise of being the uber-connector. There were eventually 1 or 2 hubs to be found, but they never came down in price or became ubiquitous even though Apple went all-in on them. I'm confident USB-C will eventually have wider adoption...I'm willing to wait.

Part of the problem is that everyone in my shoes have been waiting over a year for the next big upgrade so it makes it harder to deal with the compromises. I think I'm going to upgrade to a used Macbook Pro so I can get retina but still have the few last things I want. Maybe by the time I need to replace that I'll be ready for whatever Apple is currently selling (or another vendor fills the vacuum).


Right. I would not move to these Dell XPS models specifically, because of the reasons you said. My wording there was a bit vague. I meant that I was considering a move to a Windows+LinuxVM setup in general.


With Windows as your host OS though you are only as secure as Windows...


I don't think the difference between linux and windows in terms of security is as big as you're implying.

https://www.cvedetails.com/product/32238/Microsoft-Windows-1...

https://www.cvedetails.com/product/20550/Canonical-Ubuntu-Li...


Windows is closed-source and edited by an American company, so I think there are security implications beyond the number of vulnerabilities that have historically been found.


You are comparing Windows 10 (just desktop OS) with Ubuntu for all versions, with all packages, including the server ones.

Windows Server, each version, has its own product for CVEs, as does Internet Explorer.


Wow are we still in 2003 with the security fud still?


My point was more that you can't treat Windows as "just a bootloader" as the parent to my post was implying. You also need to worry about security. I'm sure that a stock Windows install has more remote security vulnerabilities than lilo or grub.

No matter how much you lock down the guest VM, the host OS is still a weak point.


You need to get Pro version of Windows 10 to get full disk encryption...




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