I've been reading and hearing a lot about Windows Vista lately, and I think I'm about at the tipping point. Between the performance pig that it is, and the fact that it's getting more and more intrusive and paranoid (I'll spare you the details ... check out slashdot or any number of tech podcasts for more scary info), I just don't know if I can stick with Windows anymore, so XP may be the last version I'll run as my full-time OS on my home machine. (Yes, there's the Mac option; I use one at work now but I really love my ThinkPad.)As I mentioned before I was pretty floored by Ubuntu when I stuck a live CD in my ThinkPad and it detected literally everything including my wireless, ran my LCD at full resolution, etc., so thanks again to Dave Shuck for coming to the CFUG meeting with the live CD and forcing me to try it. I've also used Fedora on and off as a desktop OS in the past, but Ubuntu has a polish that Fedora still can't match in my opinion.So when I thought more about switching, I started thinking about all the software I use on Windows. After a semi-thorough assessment in my head, I think the only thing I'd miss is Adobe Audition, which I use to edit and mix ColdFusion Weekly. After listening to a lot of podcasts about Audition I was really looking forward to upgrading to Audition 2.0. That being said, I only use about 1/1000th of what's in Audition, so Audactiy will actually probably be adequate, and it's what Peter uses when he edits the podcast so a) it works, and b) I'm sure I can hit him up for help. Or of course I can run Windows in a VM on Ubuntu, or dual boot which would probably be better for audio editing.There's the omni-present SQL Server issue as well, but I'm not sure I need SQL Server on this machine anyway, and again, there's always VM. Napster just popped into my head as well, but again, VM will handle that or I can ditch Napster. Some other stuff like TiVo Desktop and miscellaneous other applications I just don't think I'd miss.In terms of what I actually use 99% of the time, Firefox and Eclipse are both available, and I'm MORE than happy to quit using Outlook and go back to Thunderbird for email. Between the native availabilty of software I like and already use, the VM and dual-boot options, and CrossOver Linux, I'm starting to be convinced that the host OS matters less and less.I was just saying the other day that I still didn't think Linux made a good desktop OS. But when it comes down to it, I'm a developer, and I'm a bit of a Unix server junkie anyway (not expert, but not dangerous!), so I don't need the hand-holding that average Joe computer users do. I also think Linux has gotten dramatically better on the desktop, even within the last year. Between these factors and the fact that I think the direction MS is taking with Vista is pretty morally reprehensible, it may be time for Ubuntu. I don't want MS controlling what I can and can't do with my computer.So ... this weekend may be the weekend to do it. I need to do some testing of a couple of things (want to make sure my docking station works and drives my monitors correctly, for example), but if all goes well I may finally make the move. I'll either have a great success story or a whole lot of cursing in a future blog post. ;-)
Microsoft Victim: "Vista".
Support: "But which version of Vista?"
Victim: "Uhhh, the Premium Home Ultimate Enterprise version? No wait, Professional. Or is it Windows M.E.?"And as the family/friends computer guru, which version do I recommend to them when they ask? Maybe the Ultimate pirate version. :)