Friday, January 16, 2009
Bye bye Linux. You'll be missed.
This is really going to tick off one of my old mission friends, since he's a huge Ubuntu supporter, but I no longer run it. I have been using it for more than five years on a couple different machines, and it's even saved me a lot of headaches at times.
But here's the problem - If something goes wrong, I don't have a clue what to do. Yeah, I know, I can do a quick Google search and find the solution most times (most anyway), and the Linux community is always really helpful, but I really don't have time to fight with it. If something happens in Windows, I just fix it. It's pretty rare that I can't find the solution on my own. Linux assumes that you love the command line. Sure, Ubuntu does a really good job of putting the GUI right out there and making it easy, but like I said, if something goes wrong, I'm up a creek without a paddle.
So when Windows 7 showed up, I decided to give it a try. It was a testament to how little I used Ubuntu when I found that I only had one file on the computer, and I didn't even need it. Now, just to be clear, Windows 7 isn't the reason I dropped Linux, it just happened to come at the right time. I was ready to put XP back on that machine (we won't even get into why I'm not using the Vista cd that came with the laptop).
I'm still a big supporter of open source software. I love OpenOffice.org, and GIMP is freakin' awesome. If you're not using Firefox, you're really missing out (all though IE8 that came with Windows 7 is pretty impressive). But I need an OS that I understand, and that I know how to fix quickly when something weird happens.
And just in case you're wondering, Windows 7 is pretty sweet.