joe213 Isn't it possible to do the same thing with Windows? For example KDE plasma also exists for Windows and KDE is known for very high customisation?
Have you actually tried using KDE on Windows? I have no idea how current it is and if it works properly and honestly I have some doubts it's on the same level. I wasn't able to even run Okteta and Dolphin on Windows.
MrSatan Why can I only use this devices with other devices of the same company?
But I never had this issue using Windows though?
Windows not, but Apple devices like only working with other Apple devices. Same with some VR games that only work on Oculus and not other headsets.
How does Windows make you take extra steps to change your browser? When all you have to do is download Firefox (as an example) and set it as your default browser?
Apparently it was changing it into Edge during some updates. There also was this other issue 2 years ago when they forced Cortona to use Bing instead of Google
How does Windows restrict the software that you can use?
Again I'm not talking only about Windows here. iOS doesn't allow users to install any software outside of Apple store. There was also one edition of Windows 10 that didn't allow installing software outside of Windows store. Don't know if they changed it, but it shows Microsoft loves the idea and only reason why they won't go with it is the fact that people won't let them.
How do you exactly tinker with Linux that you can't do with Windows?
I can install i3 on my old laptop and use modern OS in a way that's not possible on Windows. I can pick between different DEs. Scripting, while possible on Windows, just isn't the same as cmd or even Power Shell aren't nearly as usable as good terminal emulator under Linux. While cygwin is a great tool it doesn't give you the same usability.
Also, I was able to manage my partitions like I can't on Windows (using SSD only for some parts of OS that make best use of it. Having one partition on two drives. Having partition inside file structure.)
Finally I can tinker with the core of OS itself. Everybody who ever installed Arch at least touched idea of changing kernel modules. I once even recompiled Linux kernel with some changes made (very specific case for my work, but still). And there are communities sharing their own spins of Linux kernel so even if you don't code you might find something you need.
MrSatan It can be overwhelming for newcomers, but as you naturally use and learn of them with time you can pick what's best for you and not what MS or Apple think is best for most people.
I hate to disagree over here, but isn't it also possible to replace the DE on Windows as well with a third party application such as KDE (for Windows)?
Still, that's "only" DE. And I'm yet to see a Windows user actually do it, when on Linux it's very natural to change. Even with KDE on Windows, on Linux there's GNOME, mate, cinnamon, i3, openbox, awesome and others. There are distros using init.d instead of systemd. There are distros for learning, for hacking, for desktops and servers and on board PCc. Distos for beginners and advanced users. Distros with commercial backup. There's even Hannah Montana Linux. Some of those exist on Windows side of course, but not all of them and not all are as good at the task.
In what ways is Linux more comfortable to use?
That's very broad and subjective topic, but I miss some of Linux features when I use Windows or OS X. Like always keeping window on top. Like Plasma widgets and effects. Like webp support on wallpapers. Like terminal that's actually enjoyable and useful. Like easiness to do stupid stuff such as running script each time I unlock my screen. Like custom rules for different windows. Like being able to fullscreen every application or make it partially invisible. And default file managers on both Windows and OS X suck. You can't even split window in two or use tabs and that's just the basic stuff. You can install something better of course, but I'm jet to find one that's as good as Dolphin.