Monday, September 04, 2006

Cutting Off Windows

The English word "Decide" comes from the Latin word "decidere" which literally means "to cut off"...and that's exactly what I've done with Window$!

Like something out of an AA meeting I'll start with: It's been 3 months since my last Windows boot up. June this year I made a final decision to do away with Windows and switch over to Linux - Ubuntu Linux that is. And to be honest with you, the deciding factor to make the move was Novell's Xgl - Compiz.

But before I go on, allow me to back track a bit. I'd given Linux a try back when Red Hat 9 came out (2003 I believe). Unfortunately, the timing wasn't right and I failed miserably in my attempt. Problems with internet Windows media files and installing packages were just too time consuming for me to deal with. I gave up on Linux at that time!

Then a year later in 2004 I came across Mambo (now Joomla) and became very interested in web design. I learned about LAMP (Linux, Apache, MySql, PHP) and decided to go with Fedora as my web server at the time. This turned out great...so great that I'm now offering web services through here.

Back to the future (or present)...
When I made the move to Linux I considered three appealing distros - Fedora, Novell, Ubuntu. I actually installed Novell's SuSE Linux 10 first and played around with it for about 2 weeks. I fell in love with it! It's clean, fast, and very cool!
The I began Googling for Linux stuff and notice all the buzz around Ubuntu...hm? I couldn't resist, so I decided to give it a try. Three months later I got to say, I can't get enough of it! The updates are great, installing .deb packages are as easy as Window$, and the community, well, it's huge and very actively involved.

Honestly, I didn't think I was going to last this long. But thank God for Ubuntu's developers - they've made my switch very easy and painless. You know, my decision to replace Windows with Linux wasn't an easy one. You see, my wife and kids use this computer too. And as a witness to the stability and usability of Ubuntu, they have not complained - they actually think the spinning cube is cool!

Lastly, I can't conclude this posting without recognizing the amazing work of wine. Without it I probably would not be as satisfied as I am with Linux. You see, I'm big on Photoshop and although I'm starting to learn Gimp more and more, I'm just not ready to make that switch.

So, if you're considering Linux as an option to Window$ - go for it! Do it!
Forbes.com had and interesting article with regard to Linux vs. Vista. The last portion of the article reads this: "..., Windows has become the operating system equivalent of the America Online Internet service--a mass-market product that only appeals to people who don't know any better." My advice to you - don't be one of those people who "don't know any better". Make the switch - you'll love it!

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8 comments:

Anonymous said...

You might be interested to check out http://www.gimpshop.net/

Andydread said...

Excellent article. It basically has mirrored what a friend of mine went through in about the same time frame as you. She is happily running Ubuntu with AiGLX/Compiz on her low-end Dell with integrated intel video card. I just got a new HP laptop and I installed Ubuntu dapper and AiGLX/Compiz and it flies also with low end Intel card. I have not used windows on that laptop since i got it and like you wine has saved me. I got the laptop to program the Microtech aftermarket engine control computer on my project car and the windows software works great in Wine on Ubuntu.
Thanks for the article
Andy.

ComputerBob.com said...

I, too, switched from Windows to Linux (Ubuntu) in July. Then I switched to Kubuntu, followed by SimplyMEPIS. I find all of them to work well, but MEPIS fits my needs best at this point.

I take issue with your article on one point, which is that the end of your artcle is misleading. You chose to cut off the first part of the Forbes article's quote about Windows, giving the impression that Forbes had called Windows "a mass-market product that only appeals to people who don't know any better." In reality, Forbes did not refer to Windows in that way. The full quote from the Forbes article says, "Visit the home of a Silicon Valley software programmer and you'll find two things: Macs and Linux boxes.

To these guys, Windows has become the operating system equivalent of the America Online Internet service--a mass-market product that only appeals to people who don't know any better."

Please be sure that you don't present quotes in such a way that you end up giving a wrong impression of who said them.

unmukt said...

Good article. I write in Hindi and often about it is ope source.

Thorndike said...

Welcome to the club!

I moved to 100% Linux well over a year ago. I focus mainly on Debian distros (Debian, Mepis, and Ubuntu). You are correct, the apt package management is second to none.

I would like to know where you got that wallpaper on your screenshot. I love the rocks.

Thorndike

m_solo said...

Thorndike: Sea Mist.jpg wallpaper - found it here: http://www.winmatrix.com/forums/index.php?showtopic=4326

Anonymous said...

Maybe it's okay in Ubuntu - but as a KDE user, I installed Kubuntu on the grandchildren's boxes and had big problems getting printing to work.

However, there is advice on the net, and printing from Kubuntu to the SUSE 10.1 server now works fine. I'm raising a new generation of Linux users :-)

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