I’m sure this has been brought up before, but I really think that it needs to be re-examined - particularly in the light of the way that Windows has gone.
The problem for me is Windows 10. There is no way on earth that I will be “upgrading” to it. There are too many issues with Windows 10 - from the spying/logging of data, to the horrific UI, to just about everything about it - let alone when it eventually goes subscription only (just my little joke). Windows 7 is staying until it’s no longer possible for me to run it.
I’ve been moving away from using Windows for a long time, and now that’s largely a reality for me for 95% of the work I do (in terms of app usage, not time!) - I have a Chromebook running GalliumOS, so I have a laptop that runs for about 8 hours on a charge, has access to the complete range of Linux software, and didn’t cost a lot. I can do most of the work I need to using it.
There is only one time that I need to run Windows, and that’s to use Cubase. Everything else I can do I can do in a free and open environment, where I have control over what I do, and as importantly, what information is being passed to others.
It’s time that Cubase moved to a platform where that was the case, I think. It would be possible to create one where all existing plugins worked, and where the system worked well without the overheads that a “general purpose” OS creates. We could all be getting rock-solid ultra-low latency performance, and all without security or spying issues. I appreciate that it would be a considerable task to approach this, but I think the alternative is far worse.