Hello, first post. I have been a long time lurker around this forum and a big supporter of open source and the ideals of purism. I have wanted to spring for a librem 5 for a while but just haven’t been in a financial stability to tie up those funds for the foreseeable future.
But anyway on to the main point of this. I have a lenovo p53 because at the time it was the only thing that had top of the line specs and a touch screen. It came with win10 pro on it and I installed fedora on my second drive. For some reason I always thought since I am fairly apt with computers that I could control the closed source black hole known as windows.
I had multiple occasions where I would fight it to do simple tasks and I would sometimes take weeks working on a problem because windows thought it knew better than me. But I was in control right? One thing that always bothered me was automatic updates. It didn’t bother me enough though to fight it so I became complacent. Who cares if it updates. It’s running on an nvme drive so it doesn’t take that long to complete. So I let it be. My complacency grew and I began to let more and more things slide. Until earlier today when I decided to try and install windows 11 on my third drive just to mess around with it’s android support. Unfortunately windows 11 requires tpm 2.0 and secureboot which my bios didn’t seem to have. So I checked lenovo’s website and they had a bios update.
I tried downloading their update file through fedora and it gave me some cab files which I didn’t know how to use. They had an exe file for windows so I decided to go that route. I booted my windows drive and proceeded through the installer, all was going well until it got to the point of needing to do a reboot. at that exact moment windows decided that it was the boss and immediately launched into an update. I watched in horror as it did God knows what to my system which had explicitly told me to NOT touch it until after the update had finished. after it got to 100% it rebooted and then nothing. my fans spooled up, my power button lit up but nothing happened on my screen. Feeling devastated and angry I waited and felt the fear I’m assuming my grandma feels whenever shes asked to do anything technology related. Finally after maybe a minute but what felt like eternity it rebooted and a bios self healing screen popped up as it flashed back to the original bios version. After a long couple of minutes I was greeted by the windows login screen staring into my sole as it had nearly turned my laptop into a five thousand dollar paper weight.
It took me this long to realize that with windows I am just a user. To have ever thought I was anything more was delusional and almost costly. This is the last straw for me. I am never going to use windows again… I’m just glad I learned before something worse happened.
I am hoping this is okay to put here. I couldn’t find any categories that matched this and this doesn’t seem like it fits into the theme of the site but this forum is the only one I know of that wouldn’t understand the vile, contempt, and hated I have for closed source systems that try to think for you.
Edit: added more space between my paragraphs