Where Do I Go Today?

Mon, 2006-12-18 02:44

I do not hate Windows. I have been using Windows since about version 3 or so and I have always been happy with it. I have learned how to remove viruses or even better how not to get them in the first place. My web surfing habits keep me out of dangerous neighborhoods. The most alarming things I have picked up in recent years have been a few advertiser cookies.

I am always years behind the cutting edge in the hardware/OS department and somehow manage to get my work done. I have very recently upgraded to Windows XP Pro but anything I have done since then could have easily been carried out in W98. You run what you brung.

Anyway, I am typing this out on my dedicated Linux machine. I am not real sure why I need a dedicated Linux machine. Maybe it is to learn something new, or maybe it is for future proofing my operations in case things go really bad. I do have XP booted up on another laptop. I needed it earlier to run camera software but once again it is older technology. I have been using this laptop almost exclusively ever since I got Linux working. Not because it works any better, but simply because there is no reason not to.

In my opinion, Linux is interchangeable with Windows for the average user. If an individual is already accustomed to clicking on the Firefox icon to "do the Internet thingy", they will see no difference in Windows and Linux. Unless the person wants to print something.

I really do not know if Linux supports current printer technology well. My printer was not supported out of the box and instead of fighting it, I switch to Windows to print. The inconvenience would be a deal breaker in most circles.

In my opinion the battle for the desktop makes for an interesting study, but I do not forsee Windows usage falling much in the casual home environment. Some may migrate to Apple, but I expect most folks tp stay with the familiar. Linux will continue for the curious.

Theere is simply not enough time in the day to convert everyone.

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