During the last couple of weeks I’ve been checking on Windows Vista Home Basic edition. I intend to buy a license for this edition of Windows to use on one of my computers and I decided to run it in trial mode for a while before actually purchasing it together with some other software I will need. This is the first time I use Windows Vista and the first time during the 4+ years with the Linux Desktop that I spend more than one hour being logged into Windows.
I guess I have changed a lot regarding how I see computers during the last years. At this moment, all I care about is to accomplish several tasks and that will require me being focused on those tasks rather than on the operating system. Quite frankly, I do not care if the operating system is called linux, windows, solaris or “jack’s operating system”. All I need is stability, reliability, performance and being able to install and use even the rarest piece of software with ease in a few seconds without having to deal with stupid naming schemes, forbidden items, license incompatibilities. I definitely do not need any pimping regarding the software I use on my desktop.
The Linux desktop’s progress in terms of stability, reliability and performance has been extremely slow. This is not the developers’ fault or the users-testers’ fault. I believe the problem lies in the huge number of linux distributions which result in a tremendous waste of time and effort. Moreover, I believe that people spend way too much time and effort in organising the communities that surround the linux distributions instead of spending time to improve the software, which is the actual goal after all.
So far, I am impressed with windows Vista and with the other software I am checking out. Time will show what I will finally use on my primary desktop.
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