Monday, September 04, 2006

Why I would and wouldn't go back to Windows

I made the change some months ago and have been using Ubuntu since then. I really enjoy it because it has no possibilities in what you can customize. It's very easy to make it your own.

There are some things that I do miss from Windows. I'll mention some things why I would go back to Windows and also why I wouldn't which is what I'm doing.

Why I wouldn't

  1. Customization
    I can make Linux whatever I want it to look like very easily. And also, it's not only the way it looks, but the way it feels. My Ubuntu box is mine and it shows. I have things just how I want to have them which is not very easy in Windows.

  2. No GUI if not necessary
    Why would a server want a GUI (Graphical User Interface)? I don't know, but I'm sure I don't want it running on my home web server. It is really not needed and just wastes resources. This is something you can't do with Windows, the GUI is part of the OS.

  3. Say bye to Spyware, Adware, Viruses (Virii?), Trojans, etc.
    Yes, I'm serious, you don't have to worry about all these anymore. Of course there are viruses and stuff for Linux but they're very uncommon. And besides, if you got infected with one, just your files would be affected, not the whole system. This is because of the solid permission system Linux is based on. Something Windows has to implement, and something I think is going to be included in Vista.

  4. Fast updates
    Because Linux is open source, everyone has access to the code. This might not sound very good but it is. Once someone finds a flaw in Linux's source code, someone around the world will take a look at it and fix it immediately. This is why updates are more frequent in Linux, you don't have to wait for the updates once a month.
Why I would

  1. Games
    I don't play games very often but it's nice to be able to play them once in a while. Don't get me wrong but I don't like the idea of having to use wine, cedega, etc. I just want to buy a game at a store and be able to play it which is something I think will happen in the future and is happening right now with games like Unreal Tournament.

  2. Friends' latest programs
    Let's be honest, more than 90% of the people use Windows. It's what my friends use and it sucks when they have a new cool program and I can't use it because it's for Windows. The good side is that there is a huge library of open source programs that are equally as good or even better.

  3. Compatibility
    I don't like to use Windows at school but I have to. I hate when I have assignments with Windows only programs. That's what you have to deal with. If everyone else uses Windows, they're not going to give you an assignment with a program for Linux.
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