Spending a week with a different operating system on my laptop is like learning a new religion. It’s intensely interesting, insightful, a true learning experience! Ultimately it teaches one what they took for granted about the things they already knew and cherished.
So I spent a refreshing week on the linux side of the operating system fence last week. In the end, I had to come back to Windows. It wasnâ€™t the operating system, it wasnâ€™t the software, it wasnâ€™t the stability, nor was it any of the big things that people run into when trying to run any flavor of linux.
Instead, it was the little things â€“ very little things. Like not having the play/pause, and volume buttons on my laptop not work with the media player. Or the media player not playing WMA files by default without a trip to the command line to make it work â€“ yeah it matters, I have 15GB of tunes in WMA that Iâ€™m not re-encoding.
I ran into a number of things that simply needed a little tweak or manual intervention. Any one of them nothing at all a real problem. All the really important things just simply worked. For example, I didnâ€™t have to find one single driver for my laptop hardware for Ubuntu 8.10 â€“ it all worked out of the box. My favorite Firefox plug-ins, and therefore my main work environment, were all set up in the same amount of time that it takes on Windows â€“ and worked just as expected. Email was set up in Evolution quickly and, again, just worked.
No, it was all the little things that added up made me decide I still needed to be running Windows. Iâ€™m less a â€œtechyâ€ person than I have been in the past, and while itâ€™s fun to try new things, and experiment, I need a system that I donâ€™t have to think about or fight with. I need something that simply works on every level at any point, and for me, Windows is that system.
So Iâ€™ll test Windows 7 a bit and then go back to Windows Vista until Win7 is released later this year.