Recently I’m installing Linux Ubuntu on a PC and quite impressed with their developments. Linux Ubuntu becoming more and more user friendly for me (although for average PC users will still quite difficult to use Linux).
With my current needs of computing and work which is almost all of it is web based, such as chat with my abroad collegues, checking emails, social networking, blogging, web administration, server administration, etc. I started to feel that the need of Microsoft Windows is less demanding.
Last time my job was a Microsoft .NET developer which gave me no option except using Microsoft Windows as operating system. But right now I’m working on education or e-learning that use web based applications, so I doesn’t really need MS Windows.
I’m not saying that MS Windows is a bad OS, actually it’s a good OS. I don’t know why the open source community bashing so much on MS Windows, yes indeed it’s closed source and pricey but the fact is MS Windows is the most user friendly OS that you can find, especially Windows XP. Until Linux can give a persistence, user friendly, easy to navigate, have a common GUI for all applications then I can’t say Linux is better than Windows XP.
A reason to move to Linux is to reduce the use of pirated softwares by looking for equal open source softwares that match the most applications that is used in Windows. Most application I used are web browser, email client, instant messaging, word editor and graphic editor.
For web browser I already use open source Firefox, and for email client I use Thunderbird. For word editor I can use OpenOffice and graphic editor i can use GIMP. My only problem that hold me from migrating is instant messaging, I do use a lot of Yahoo Messenger which is only available on Windows and Mac. There is the web based version but it doesn’t have full feature of the windows application.
I search on Google and found that actually there is Yahoo Messenger for Unix, but it’s an outdated application and haven’t be updated for years :( too bad.. The next thing I was done is trying to run YM on WINE the Windows Emulator for Linux and it turns out that YM can’t work on WINE.
So until I can find a way to run YM on Linux or Yahoo start updating their chat software to have Linux version or WINE developers works on making YM can be run on Linux, I think I’ll stick to Windows XP for the time being.