See Ya Later, Bill

I’m travelling this week and my Windows laptop is having some issues, so I am blogging from a Linux laptop. It turns out that for almost everything I do on WordPress, it is faster and easier on Ubuntu Linux than on Windows.

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10 Responses to See Ya Later, Bill

  1. markstoval says:

    Steve, I gave up on Windows in the 90s and went with Linux Debian (which was a forerunner of Ubuntu). I left behind a lot of woes caused by MS and found that there were a few things I could not do or that were harder; but it was well worth the effort.

  2. Sparks says:

    What’s the difference? are you using a different browser or does your windows laptop run a bunch of useless programs in the background?

  3. NikFromNYC says:

    I gave up on twenty years of Macintosh use (that organic chemists still use) when they broke all ability for third party extensions to adjust the desktop font back to a classic tight screen font (Geneva 9pt). I simply couldn’t read long file names any more since the big blobby shadowed font got cut off in normal display. Windows was readily tweaked into classic Mac simplicity. Vista spoiled that too suddenly, before Windows 7. Fellow Mac users were shocked at my defection.

    • Dave says:

      You’re the exception to the rule. Windows is a joke.

    • Ernest Bush says:

      Windows 8 pushed me over the edge. I now have a MacBook Pro with retina display. Its the first laptop I have really enjoyed using and 9 point text is not a problem on it. It’s also the first laptop that really sits comfortably in my lap anywhere around my house or out of doors. Macs are both physically and software-wise a class act. Expensive tho. Just bought the new iMac haswell with a 27″ display for graphics and video work. Highly recommend it with its gorgeous resolution beyond HD. Fellow Windows users were flabbergasted at my defection. They drool over the display.

      Apple also didn’t spend ridiculous millions funding and developing Common Core. They spent their money opening up new jobs in America.

  4. Proprietary software is the fox in the hen house of computer technology (anyone remember Borland–C and C++ programming IDE’s, back in the DOS era–or its difficulties with Windows, or its fate?). I once seriously considered going to a multi-operating-system system, but that involved proprietary software too (and LEARNING Linux–“MOUNT one…purl two…”, Jesus H. McGillicuddy), and I ended up deciding I have a life to lead. Wake me when a true standard appears that’s not designed to make the likes of Bill Gates more money (I suspect Obama learned to lie from searching out and reading “Windows Help”) or to “impress” me with a new “language” I have to learn. And when is someone going to bring out a “Clear Day” Linux, rather than another “Ubuntu” (what is that, a cannibal tribe, for crying out loud)? I think the whole computer schmeer is shaky, and coming apart at the seams with i-phones, tablets, and tele-corporation plans to take over the world (“Healthcare for all your computerized needs–only $250 a month, with a modest $500 deductible…”).

  5. Shazaam says:

    Best reason to use a Linux derivative is that it will frustrate the NSAs of the world.

    Only excuse I needed.

  6. R. de Haan says:

    NikFromNYC says:
    October 31, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    “I gave up on twenty years of Macintosh use”

    What are you using now if I may ask?

  7. Dave says:

    Get a mac. Windows is junk and PCs are junk.

  8. pinroot says:

    I gave up on Microsoft in the ’90s for a variety of reasons. I’ve used linux since an early version of something called SLS or SLC (forget which). From there it was Slackware for a number of years, then, Red Hat 6.0 up to one of the early Fedora’s. Then Mepis (debian based) and Ubuntu and finally Mint. I did get a Dell laptop with XP on it in the early 2000’s but I eventually made it dual boot and put linux on it (mepis I believe) but I never bothered booting into the the windows partition 🙂 I have to use Microsoft at work, but not at home. If I absolutely do need windows at home, I’ve got a copy that will run in virtual box, but I haven’t needed it in nearly 3 or 4 years. If necessary, I’ll move to a BSD before going back to Microsoft, and from my perspective, Apple has become the new Microsoft, so I’ll stay away from them too.

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