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Visual Studio Code with remote and Windows Subsystem for Linux is arguable the best mix “development / personal use” environment I’ve ever been in, and the surface pro 6 is probably the first time I’ve been excited about a computer since my 2012 MacBook.

I had originally planned to buy an XPS 13 and run Ubuntu, because I actually don’t like Windows 10. I use Office365 Essentials though and that’s just a hassle to setup on Linux, where as it integrates seamlessly into Windows 10. It was also cheaper to buy the surface. I got one of the cheaper versions with an i5, and re-selling my used MBP 2018 paid for the entire thing.

Maybe it’s just me, but I was really on the fence about going Windows, like I said, I actually don’t like it that much. It’s grown on me though. For personal use it’s really not that different than OSX. Then you get actual updated unix cli. You can even get SUSE enterprise server to run stuff in what resembles a real deployment environment. It’s all sandboxed so it doesn’t fill up your personal machine with development tools and servers unless you’re actually working on it. You get one-note and you get to take notes or draw architecture with a pen. The keyboard and trackpad are better than the MacBook and the thing weighs nothing. It even has a MagSafe charger. It really feels like something Apple should have build.

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