Must I Hate Windows?

Sun, 2006-12-24 04:21

A question was posed on a forum lately, "Why do you hate Windows?". I really wanted to answer for myself but at the same time I was a bit put off by the harshness of the "H" word, I mean, after all Windows has been really good to me and does what I expect after some time spent in the practice. I understand how to make anything I want to work, be it hardware or software, and I seem to have no problems due to my clean living (read boring lifestyle and complete lack of curiosity).

I am somewhat guilty of taking a free ride on the system as it were. I have never purchased a new computer and therefore have never technically paid a "Windows Tax". I do not expect to maintain this nice run of luck forever, which has a lot to do with my interest in Linux. I do like to know where my next meal (or operating system) is coming from.

This Laptop I am using now came with what I assume was a legal version of Windows 2000, but I never made use of it and in fact have been using it as my primary machine under Linux for a few weeks now. I have performed some pretty complicated tasks that would have been much simpler under Windows, because of my familiarity with specialized software. Everyday tasks seem to be completely platform-neutral.

I do have a problem with Windows. I really would like to have a basic trust on the core OS level, and then be able to use a little common sense when it comes to installing additional components. At the very least I would like to turn on security updates without any mind games. A compromised computer is a risk to everyone and maintaining such should not leave one wondering if he has sold his soul in the process.

My friend Dave tells me to hate the game, not the player. If the business model the folks behind Windows have chosen requires protection of any kind, I will choose to play along up to a point and after that I will change venues. I will not hate a thing which has worked well for me, but I will use the understanding I have developed to make use of whatever tools are available.

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