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I have 3 separate Mac systems and 2 windows systems for personal and work.
I haven't experienced anything like what you are experiencing with your Macs. Sounds super frustrating and I wish I could give you advice on how to fix it but there is probably some faulty component there (ram most likely, maybe logic board).
I will say that IMO windows is 100000000000x more frustrating and annoying. Random shut downs for restarts, touch on the surface pros just goes completely wonky after updates, the surfaces very frequently just wakes itself up and drains the battery in your bag (and decides to cook itself by turning on in the bag and somehow using a ton of processing power), surface randomly turns on and off throughout the night and loses connections to peripherals. On top of thousands of just little things that come up here and there.
New Windows hardware is super nice (Dell XPS 13, MS Surface Laptop etc) but my god, Win 10 is so buggy and wonky IMO (and bloated).
Elementary OS is great and clean for a linux option but anything Adobe does not work on linux (or its super mega buggy for the hax to make it run...and its a ton of work). Linux is great if you get more into the browser based design tools out there today like Figma.
Good luck. Hope that helps.
Why can't someone design and build something that just works. :-(
Totally understand your frustration. Though even with the seeming decline in overall polish with Apple software recently, it is still the closest to that end by a mile.
I will say that IMO windows is 100000000000x more frustrating and annoying.
Can corroborate this 100%! I've been a long time Mac user, but recently have had no choice, but to set up and maintain a Windows PC. As there aren't currently any other viable options for running a VR gaming system. It is the bane of my existence. I spend almost as much time fiddling with crap as I do actually playing games.
I don't have experience trying to use design apps Windows, mostly because my experience has been so bad, I just don't want to spend any more time on the OS than I have to.
Elementary OS is great and clean for a linux option
Actually, having been so fed up with Windows, I recently tried Elementary OS. I would not recommend this either. I wanted so badly to love it. It just isn't there yet. I had constant issues with Bluetooth and other system features. It also just isn't as polished as macOS or even Windows. For example, the login screen doesn't auto-focus on the password field. I literally had to mouse over to the left hand edge of the screen every time I logged in to select it. There are things like that all over EOS.
That being said, the latest version of Ubuntu (18.10 Cosmic Cuttlefish) is absolutely great! It is by no means a replacement for macOS (in my opinion), but if I could I would gladly switch to it from Windows for my gaming needs. Also, almost all of the issues I experienced with EOS were not a problem with Ubuntu.
Windows 10 issues are massively overstated, I hadn't used windows since 2000 and found it a vast improvement.
Sure it falls short in a few places but modern OS X has just enough bad things these days, like how in Mojave the low disk space message will pop up every 8 minutes on occasion.
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