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Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Trip to Windows Land



99% of the time my computer runs in Ubuntu, a version of Linux. Once in a great while there's something that can only be done using Windows. It's usually because there's a special program with no Linux equivalent. This time it's because I had a printing job to do. Normal day to day printing works just fine with the generic Linux program, but once in a while I have to do something fancy and need the full Windows version.

I hate going to Windows land. I go there so infrequently that once there it seems every single Windows program decides to update. Some of the updates I stop because I don't have time for all that and I don't need that program right now. Then the computer has to reboot a couple of times. Eventually, Microsoft gives me my computer back and I poke around until I figure out what needs to be done.

Windows runs slower than Ubuntu. On my cheap little netbook computer it's noticeable.

Finally my job is done and I can shut the computer down . . . but I can't. Windows doesn't want me to shut down until it does another 10 updates. Once that's finally done, I can boot my computer back up in Ubuntu. It starts up quickly and I get right to work.

The International Space Station, where computer problems could be life or death, has decided to do away with MS Windows completely. They are going to 100% Linux.

I can understand why.

-Sixbears

7 comments:

  1. You are lucky you don't have Windows 8. I hate, hate it! Piece of yuppie garbage with all the stupid apps that I will never, ever use. And you can't delete 'em...

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  2. If you follow MS operationg systems, every other one is a POS.

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  3. Maybe it is time to go back to the abacus. . .

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  4. I wonder if AutoCAD will run on an abacus (grin). I think I am stuck with Windows.

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    1. Abacus 2.0 is compatible with AutoCad. :)

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  5. Still in Slack land.I don't do winders ever.

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    1. Lucky you. Used to run a very stripped down machine using Puppy.

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