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Will I ditch Windows 7 for Linux…???

So, after reading an article that I found in eWEEK about Open-Source and Mac Alternatives to Windows 7 I thought I’d try out a few “flavors” and see what’s new. One of the main reasons for this idea is that I’m tired of having my kids come and ask me why windows keep popping up and asking them to install stuff when they are browsing for things online. I even got rid of all the shortcuts to IE8 and only left a shortcut to Firefox (which has helped). I’ve been running Windows 7 since the first beta and I’ve had the RTM version since it was released, but I’m just not that impressed with it. Sure it’s a lot nicer than Windows Vista but there’s really nothing all that new and exciting for the typical end user. So, after reading some favourable reviews about some of the versions of Linux I thought I’d give a few a try. I chose Ubuntu, OpenSUSE and Mandriva for my tests. Why you ask, because they seemed the most “main stream” and the most similar to Windows when it comes to adding/removing programs and managing updates.

Now, I just have to preface this by saying that I’m in no way a Noob when it comes to Linux. I started out with FreeBSD years ago and learned how to setup and manage websites, email, DNS, etc., for hosting websites. I then moved on to Red Hat and I’ve also worked with Debian. Keep in mind that this was mostly for server and not desktop use. I did dabble now and then with the “desktop versions” but I was never really all that impressed with them: they always seemed a little too difficult to get up and running for my tastes at the time. Please don’t get me wrong, I love having a command line and the control that Linux gives me over everything, that’s one reason why I’ve liked Linux for servers so much…and then there’s the hack factor 😉

Anyway, on with my impressions of the different versions. I do have to say that this wasn’t any kind of a”lab” experiment and evaluation to see which one was better. I simply thought I’d give them all a try and this is what I ended up doing…

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Windows 7 Launch…

So my brother sent me the following link, jokingly saying that he was thinking about throwing one:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1cX4t5-YpHQ

I watched the whole thing and the entire time I was waiting for a punch line or something funny. I didn’t think it was for real. Some quick research with Google seems to prove that this is a legit attempt by Microsoft to promote Windows 7. Who in their right mind is so excited about Windows 7 that they are going to throw a party with Windows 7 as the “honored guest”? This is a new low in their advertising campaign. I thought the “I’m a PC” thing was stretching it. Someone where I work has a baseball cap in their cubicle that says “I’m a PC” on it and every time I see it I want to tape a piece of paper over PC that says “DORK!”.

After having just purchased a new iPod Touch and loving how well the device functions I think I might just finally ditch Windows all together and move to Mac. I’ve always enjoyed watching the keynote addresses from Apple and their marketing is sooooo much better. Apple has their act together when it comes to pitching a product that actually works. My wife has a Mac so I think I’ll start using that.

I remember the Vista launch…or failure to launch. I kind of get the feeling that the Windows 7 launch won’t really make it off the launch platform either. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve been using Windows 7 since the beta version and I’ve been pleased with it. Windows 7 is a lot better than Vista if you ask me. And when I say “a lot better” I don’t mean that it adds a bunch of new stuff, I mean that it actually seems to work. I think MS is trying too hard to pitch to a market that has lost faith in them. I also think that the marketing people have been locked up and away from society too long and have geeked out too much on MS that they fail to see how really lame these ads are. It’s kind of funny how such poor advertising alone can make me want to switch to Mac.

Good luck MS. You’re going to need it.

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