My Windows Exodus Continues.
As a long time Windows user, I've always loved the simplicity of Windows and thanks to the Microsoft monopoly of the PC market, software compatibility has never been an issue. So why the change?
My migration towards Linux began when I first started learning how to code. A good friend of mine (who is a great programmer) encouraged me to try Linux out. I never paid any attention to him, because every time I read up on installing and using Linux it seemed horribly complicated and tedious. About a year, I looked at the 4 old PCs I had lying about and decided that I wanted to set up a home server. I figured I could also use the opportunity to learn about Linux. I decided to go with Ubuntu and thus my learning began.
Setting up Ubuntu wasn't as difficult as I was fearing it would be, but it wasn't simple either. With Windows, the command prompt is practically an artifact of times long gone, but with Linux is your greatest ally. Once you learn a few basic commands, you are good to go. Besides thanks to the vast amount of information online, there is almost no need to memorize anything. There were a few times I wanted to pull my hair out, but with lots of patience I eventually had my server set up, as well as a new OS to play with.
Once school started, I decided to by a shiny new laptop (Asus Zenbook Prime UX31A). It was wonderful, and Windows 7 worked perfectly on it (as expected). Along came Microsoft with their $15 offer to download Windows 8, and I thought to myself "hell, why not?". I wish I could go back in time and punch myself in the face before deciding to waste $15. Windows 8 is faster and more fluid than Windows 7, but the new UI makes me want to vomit every time I see the start screen.
Aside from the UI (I'm not that shallow) there are quite a few aspects of Windows 8 that are pointlessly redundant or unnecessary. Why do I need apps that replicate the functionality of established desktop programs? Why are there two control panels? Why am I randomly thrown from Metro to the desktop? Why did Microsoft decide to waste space with these pointless (I wish they were dead) tiles? As these questions swirled in my head, Ubuntu was calling softly to me. I stuck with Windows 8 from launch till today, and I finally decided to put Ubuntu on my laptop. Now I am able to boot between Windows 8 (for Games) and Ubuntu. If more games get released for Linux, I may never need to go back to Windows again.
I've just finished setting up my development environment (which is the main thing I wanted to accomplish today). Looking at my progress so far, I have to say Ubuntu looks beautiful on this laptop. There were a few things that annoyed me with the latest version (12.10). For example, online searching in the Unity lens should be a big no. If I'm searching for a program on my laptop, I don't want pointless shopping results cluttering my screen. This leads me to one of my favorite Linux capabilities. You can practically change every aspect of the OS to suite your needs. A simple search enabled me to find a way to disable Amazon's tentacles from Ubuntu.
Spring break is over, and I'm looking to complete the rest of my semester using Linux. It seems Linux has become a big part of my life. I have an Android phone, Linux on my desktop, and Linux on my laptop, and I'm part of the Linux community on Google+. When I replace my laptop in the future, I'll be looking to get a Chromebook and run both Chrome OS and a Linux distro.
I'm learning more and more about computers everyday by using Linux, and so far I'm loving it!