After 30 months of exclusive use of Linux as my desktop environment, I decided that it was about time to refresh my knowledge of Microsoft Windows and Office. This is not about switching back to Windows. Actually, having used open-source software exclusively for such a long time, I’d say it would be quite impossible to go back to a closed-source operating system. It is a matter of trust and control.
Why I decided to do this is quite simple:
- Refreshing the knowledge of MS Windows and MS Office is the primary goal. Don’t forget that Windows is still the most popular desktop OS worldwide and, sincerely, I do not see how this situation could possibly change in the near future. This is not a flamebait, but rather a strong belief of mine after thorough and objective evaluation of the Linux Desktop and many of the companies/organizations/people surrounding it during the last 30 months. Obviously, this statement does not involve Linux Servers, whose popularity, security and quality are undisputed.
- Before using Linux as a desktop OS, I was using lots of open source software under Windows. The secondary goal is to check how much the quality of that software has increased and how it can be used in order to secure the Windows environment more effectively than in the past.
So, my OEM version of Windows XP Home is currently the second desktop operating system in my PC. [editor’s note: Do not underestimate home editions. They become quite powerful when combined with software like cygwin] I have also downloaded a 60-day trial version of MS Office 2007 to check out and a bunch of software from Sourceforge and other sources.
I hope I find enough time to test all these things. Also, time-permitting in the following weeks, I will try to publish 2-3 articles about how one can effectively secure Windows with open-source software. This, of course, is entirely possible and I hope this info will be useful to all those who have to use Microsoft Windows.
Dual-booting again after 30 months by George Notaras is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.
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