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The next computer in my household will not run Windows

Posted by Alexandre Rafalovitch on October 19, 2006

Wendy Seltzer’s plain-english explanation of the Microsoft Windows Vista’s EULA was the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back. There will be no Windows Vista on my next computer. I am sick and tired of worrying about computer viruses and misbehaving software; having the operating system that decides to remove functionalities or sabotage my work otherwise, is just beyond bearable.

It barely matters what Operating System I run anyway. My primary applications are Firefox, Open Office, Gmail, WordPress and various Java applications.  The first two are platform independant as are most of Java applications. Gmail, WordPress and other services are all web hosted and don’t care about the user’s computer at all.

I will most probably buy a Mac, since it combines the eye-candy of the Apple User Interface and the solid core of Unix security. And it would work well with my iPod, which is the only gadget I like enough to buy a second one when the first one fails. This, of course, depends on Apple not getting too arrogant about their growing market share. Their latest ‘apology‘ for virus infected iPods was not a hopeful sign.

Fortunately, there is always Linux. While Linux UI is still not as well integrated as Apple’s, distributions such as Ubuntu show great promise. I know some peripherals will need extra care to work well in Linux (like iPod), but I strongly feel that the long term effort will be less than putting up with Windows Vista.

I may still have to use whatever windows my workplace has, but wherever I have a choice, Microsoft will no longer be even in consideration.

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3 Responses to “The next computer in my household will not run Windows”

  1. Honestly, I’m not so sure it’s significantly worse than the XP EULA.

    I need MS Windows for a couple of things – in particular, Visual Studio as I’m a professional Windows developer nowadays (along with a growing interest in Ruby on Rails). Also, most of the games I enjoy are MS Windows only. So for the foreseeable future, I’ll need & want MS Windows, and Vista is by far & away the best version yet.

    Other than that – I try to use cross-platform apps wherever possible, so my choice of OS is pretty much free. I wrote about this briefly in Why Vista? – but what it ammounts to is that for most things, it’s the choice of document format, not the OS, that’s important. It sounds like we use much the same set of apps, actually.

  2. I don’t like XP’s EULA, but Vista’s EULA looks worse. And the viruses/worms have become smarter.

    Additionally, the alternative Operating Systems have matured in the last couple of years and present an ever more compelling case to switch.

    Oh and .Net 3.0 does not do anything for me, so even that reason is not applicable.

  3. Actually, I’ve found the last few Linux installations went more smoothly than either XP or Vista. I didn’t have to go trawling the internet for drivers – everything just worked out of the box. Never thought I’d say that about Linux when I started using it back in ’96 …

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