Returning to Windows: some post-Linux reflections November 29, 2006Posted by NAyK in Discussions-Conclusions-Hopes, Linux, Ubuntu, Windows, Working with Linux.
I never expected to be surprised by the obvious. After using Ubuntu/Linux exclusively for a few, I returned (inadvertently) to Windows XP… and found a new perspective to Windows XP. Some wi-fi problems I had with Ubuntu, I had with Windows. Some printing issues I had using Ubuntu, I also had with Windows. And as it turns out… an OS is as good as the software/hardware that it uses. If the peripherals don’t work well, the greatest OS is left ineffective. Working with two operating systems sure puts things in perspective
With that said, I must say that I was surprised how many errors occur in Windows, most of which I have no idea what is happening and how to solve them.
One thing I noticed that Windows was really slow on my Lenovo Thinkpad z60m. Ubuntu wasn’t Seabiscuit, but it was interesting to see that Windows was slower! I think that’s partly because Lenovo/IBM have put so much software onto the machine by default that it takes a long time to start up. Regardless, this was the first time I found myself complaining about Windows’ speed and giving Ubuntu/Linux higher points.
as it turns out… an OS is as good as the software/hardware that it uses. If the peripherals don’t work well, the greatest OS is left ineffective.Working with two operating systems sure puts things in perspective.
Another thing I noticed was that software uploads are a real pain. I needed to update my Adobe suite, and Windows seemed to be confused or bothered. I was not able to do too many other things while updating, and plus I had to boot up about three times!!! Consider Ubuntu/Linux updates. I never need to reboot, except once I think when I loaded something that changed the kernel! And of course I can happily work on anything on linux while updates are going on. Again points to Ubuntu/Linux. I guess while this repository/dependencies things is one of Linux’ problems, it is also it’s strength, in that there is a controlled space for downloads/updates etc.
Another problem I faced using Windows today was that while I was rebooting, I found the BLUE-SCREEN… but it continued to reboot. I was scared, obviously. But now that it is working I’m trusting that everything is working. Why am I saying this? Well, even Ubuntu/Linux has its scary moments that don’t give the user any comforts. There are many problems I have no idea how to solve. But it’s interesting that I forgot even Windows has that. Somehow, using Windows, you forget how many problems you take for granted each day.
I found the music manager equally difficult… ie. if I used Windows Media player, I couldn’t even get it to play radio. And i-Tunes would play only one station that I wanted. This is similar to Ubuntu. Maybe it’s the radio stations, but I don’t want to ever blame Ubuntu for bad support.
One thing I missed using Windows was the multiple desktops (virtual desktops). Being a thing-in-its-place kinda guy, I like the management control of virtual desktops and wished that windows had it.
But one thing I really enjoyed having in Windows was the all-powerful task-manager (that comes up with CTRL-ALT-DEL). I used it only once today, but when I did I knew it was more powerful than the Linux counterpart. I really miss it’s power in Linux (and yes you do need it in Linux).
Another thing irritating me about Windows… or more particularly Symantec AntiVirus-Firewall is that my OEM license expires in another few days (Dec 6 to be precise). After that I’ll have to buy a programme that I shouldn’t actually need, but I do. I can’t buy it, for many reasons. And so I’ll have to install AVG free and probably ZoneAlarms. While both these free alternatives are good, I think, Zone has given me problems in my desktop, and so I’m a little scared that it’ll mess up my Windows machine. And considering I don’t have the stupid Windows CDs which I SHOULD HAVE HAD on a notebook I BOUGHT!!! I can’t risk losing Windows. What should I do? What should I do? Such questions should never have to be asked for legit software users… but I guess, this is the Windows world.
More power to Linux.