Now that Microsoft has begun to make Windows 11 into a soon-to-be monthly paid service, which many of our family history patrons cannot afford, does FamilySearch work on Linux? Will it in the future? Are there any other options besides Windows?
@Steven A Jones FamilySearch is associated with the browser and not the operating system. Therefore, it won't be an issue.
Your post got me curious (and happy I have a Mac) but all I can find is information about Windows 365 for businesses being a monthly subscription. Where is there information about a monthly fee for Windows 11 itself?
Just in passing ...
I saw an Article about "Windows 11"; when, I was Upgrading, the "Browser", of 'Microsoft' "Edge", this morning
As such, did some digging ...
I found this:
Website: Tech Advisor
Windows 11: Everything you need to know
Where, it states, among other things:
How much will Windows 11 cost?
Free for eligible PCs
New hardware pricing dependent on manufacturer
Pricing was always likely to be one of the big questions, but the good news is that it is free for eligible PCs. This will continue indefinitely, potentially for the duration of Windows 11's lifespan.
However, it's not as simple as all Windows 10 devices getting Windows 11 - as is explained below, Microsoft has updated the hardware requirements for its new OS.
Naturally, upgrading from Windows 10 won’t be the only way to get Windows 11. Once it launches, new laptops and PCs will be running the operating system out of the box, negating the need to buy a license separately. It's impossible to say how each company will price their hardware, but expect it to be similar to the equivalent Windows 10 devices.
It's worth noting that the free upgrade will be to the same version of Windows as you used on Windows 10. If you're looking to upgrade from Windows 10 Home to Windows 11 Pro, for example, it's best to get Windows 10 Pro first. It's available from the Microsoft website for £219.99/$199.99.
NOT all Computers, are going to be compatible and able, to have "Windows 11".
Especially, the OLDER Models.
Find Windows 11 specs, features and computer requirements
Another alternative is the Family Tree mobile app for iOS and Android. It isn't necessary that the device have cellular data, so you can use a obsolete device that is out of service. It can still be updated, download apps, and connect to the internet via wifi.
Old smartphones are great tools to use in local family history libraries and government archives, because you can also snap photos and scan documents with them.
Steven. Please cite your source as to the comment about windows 11
Upon further investigation, it turns out that statements from presumably reliable sources about Windows 11 becoming a service are more speculation than knowledge. Microsoft MAY attempt to make Windows 11 home or a successor a monthly subscription service like it offers to businesses, but only Microsoft execs would know if anyone knows. I have not used Linux, so I have no knowledge about any difficulties using Church sites and software on Linux. I don't know if anyone has tried.
Should Microsoft attempt to extract monthly fees for Windows, it would place a difficult burden on many who use Church software and the Church itself. Let's hope they never do.
one way or the other the church pays for its operating systems it uses - I dont think that will be any additional burden. even if the monthly charge became a reality (which I doubt) it will surely be just one option of various.
I would imagine for most church computers the charge would merely be up front - when the computer was purchased.
and certainly no one is saying that Windows 11 is required to use FamilySearch.
I noticed that Splashtop does not seem to have a Linux version. Our stake TFH consultant and other TFH helpers only have Linux systems. Maybe Splashtop is a poor choice for remote help.
surely it is a bad choice for anyone using Linux - agreed.
but what percent of FHC consultants actually use linux
I have to think that is a very small percentage (worldwide) - but I dont have any stats to back that up.
and surely in some countries Linux could be much more common than other countries.