Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 15th Dec 2006 15:24 UTC
Windows Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols has written article in which he wonders if your operating system isn't broke, why 'fix' it? If what you're running now works for you, why should you move 'up' to Vista? Joe Wilcox responds to SJVN: "Colleague Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols asks 'If your operating system isn't broke, why 'fix' it?' The very question is the problem. The question reflects a sentiment I hear too often as an excuse for keeping old technologies in place - long after their real usefulness is gone."
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RE: Let me think...
by MacTO on Fri 15th Dec 2006 20:04 UTC in reply to "Let me think..."
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2006-09-21

We can use other OSes as much as we want but, sooner or later, we'll have to face Vista. Anyway, I'm not dropping GNU/Linux anytime soon; using many OSes isn't that difficult.

For some people, perhaps. But not for all people.

I was using anything-but-Windows for more than a decade. It worked well enough, because the field that I worked in was very Unix-centric. I then went into a field that is dominated by Windows and the Macintosh. Not wanting to deal with proprietary and expensive hardware, I decided to use Windows simply to be cooperative with the people that I associate with.

To be blunt, it didn't work out that well. Windows XP itself is okay, but that ubiquitous Microsoft Office was more trouble than its worth. OpenOffice was just as compatible, more stable, faster, and friendlier to use given my needs. I was also shocked to discover that the few Windows/Macintosh specific applications that I do use worked fine under Wine. I have learned my lesson, and that lesson is simple: you can coexist with the outside world and still mostly do things your own way. So Vista certainly is not in my short term future, and I can say with a high degree of confidence that it is not in my long term future.

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