For many years I have been using both Windows and Linux, switching often between the two. But for the last 3 years or so I have stuck mostly with Windows XP and Windows 7 as of its recent introduction to the consumer market.
Well, let me tell you I have good news, I decided to fully use my Ubuntu linux as main operating system.
Why Ubuntu Linux?
I’ve been testing with Ubuntu 9.10 since it came out couple month back (yes, I know there’s a beta 10.04, don’t be such a Ubuntuhead.), installed it on all of my desktops/laptops and even run in on Windows 7 under VirtualBox.
Recently, for the first time in my life, I decided to make my first bootable USB flash disk of Ubuntu. After running with it for couple days, everything seems to work out of the box, which is enlightening because that didn’t happen couple years back when I was tinkering a lot with Ubuntu and other linux distros.
Also, I’ve stopped using Windows-dependent software long time ago such as Microsoft Office (I use GoogleDocs instead which is awesome with its real-time collaboration capabilities.) and with the invent of Google Chrome, linux users now have 2 flavors of the world’s most popular/powerful browsers including Mozilla Firefox.
I honestly asked myself the other day, “do I really need to use Windows?”
And then that’s when hit me, Ubuntu linux was now pretty up to par with Windows counterparts, there’s so much support and improvements happening, there was not many reasons I would need to continue using Windows.
So, after couple serious thinking, I’ve decided to use Ubuntu as my main operating system. Of course, I will keep running my Ubuntu on my USB flash drive. I like the fact that my desktop is free to go everywhere and it’s pretty darn fast.
The only thing I miss from my Windows 7 desktop are the photo/video editing software like Adobe Photoshop and Premier Pro, which is the reason why I will still have Windows 7 around. I could run Windows 7 under VirtualBox/VMware in linux too but I guess I have a hard time letting go of things.
Anyways, I am gonna try out how my Ubuntu experience goes for the next couple months. It’s been pretty good so far as most of my stuff are basically using Firefox, Chrome, and listening to internet radio while I work.
Have you changed your main OS to Ubuntu yet? Leave your thoughts at the comments line, I would love to know about your experiences too.
GO OPEN SOURCE!!! YEY!!!
P.S. I believe Linus Torvalds started something very special, we are living the age where Linux operating systems are really gaining momentum these days, if you don’t believe me just look at Google’s Android and Chrome OS, both of which wouldn’t be possible today without linux, thank you very much and that is what Apple is worried about, “the open source guys” who seem to make no money whatsoever but take over the world. Well, just people who love to share knowledge with others really, not just about money but for future well being for our youngsters on Earth.
One more thing, I think Linux would be a perfect platform for a multi-touch tablet device like an iPad. I mean come on, iPad isn’t compatible with anything but itself, one of its major flaws.
If someone can make a great Linux mod for multi-touch tablet devices, that would be something to hold in awe, and Linux is compatible with many devices including Windows and Mac.
One day I am sure it will happen, that will be the day when your regular Joe realizes that Linux isn’t so bad after all, it’s the best thing that happened in technology in the last century. On the other hand, I can’t really say that about either Windows nor Apple, they both have a lot of problems.