Managing servers and messing with Unix like environments is my day job. However I have been using Windows on my desktop since the Windows 98 era. I have got a free Ubuntu 4.10 (Warty Warthog) way back in 2006 but it wasn’t exciting to me on those times. Those were the days people were rocking dial up connections and couldn’t afford to download that extra codecs required to run MP3s and Video files. So first impression was negative with Ubuntu for me. Later on I have tried many Ubuntu versions on live CD’s etc but I never got convinced to make the switch to Ubuntu as my primary desktop operating system. And the availability of software’s are limited.
But Ubuntu grew rapidly over time and being connected to web, it become very easy to download the stuff I require. And about 6 months ago I completely made the switch from Windows 7 to Ubuntu as my primary working environment.
What I’m I missing?
Well I might say almost none. Everything I used on Windows is available here, That doesn’t mean its the same thing, but I was able to find a workable solution for everything I used on Windows.
Microsoft Office? Well this is the only thing I have to fire up Windows 7 on Virtual Box to work on. My education requires to do some complex writings on Microsoft Word which I was never fan of and doing it on Libre Office isn’t solution at the time of writing because I don’t own a printer. Which might be silly but its not that, I cant afford a printer but I just don’t need to own one for taking occasional print outs. So working complex drawings on Libre office and printing those on MS Word equipped PC’s makes the formatting break all over the place. This is the only reason I need to be on Windows platform. BTW I have a Macbook pro with MS office but I doesn’t feel comfortable to make documents on my laptop
Any other small programs I needed such as Notepad++ can be run with “wine” without a problem and i have even wrote a guide here
Lack of Photoshop was a problem initially because I did all my simple photo edits and cropping of images for blog posts and all that on Photoshop. But I got comfortable with GIMP for those small tasks and I started liking it.
I had high hopes for Windows 8 but it disappointed me because of increased steps to do simple tasks like shutting down. So Ubuntu become my OS of choice and I never hesitate about my decision. Availability of popular apps for linux is growing and I was surprised to find that even Cisco Packet Tracer and GNS3 is also available for Linux. Well not quite surprising but i didn’t expected it games for linux is growing too thanks to “Steam” making its client availability on Linux, So popular games will follow the path soon.
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