Windows, XP & Linux
Not that I'm considering upgrading to Vista, but I've been reading various posts that give me the distinct idea that I absolutely don't want to upgrade. First, Dan at ITdiaries.com walked us through the Vista EULA (end user license agreement) which I haven't read, but if Dan's analysis is taken at face value, makes Vista sound pretty intrusive and prohibitive. Then, langardmicro at SEF says:
Vista is XP dumbed-down to childish. It's an ultimate-skin makeover to disguise all the worthless security measures that prevent anyone, with any knowledge, from doing anything in a timely manner. It's the incarnation of "Microsoft Bob" all over again. It's the reducio ad absurdum of marketing ploys.
Well. This makes me very happy that I'd purchased XP a few weeks ago for our last remaining Windows 2000 machine, just after Darin (smartcodetips.com — gotta love a programmer's website!) commented, "Can you still buy that?" That was my cue to buy it that day or risk the "can't-buy-Win2K-anymore" type of consequences. I went for the full install package, too; no fooling around with OEM versions or upgrade packages because I don't want to discover that an upgrade won't work for any reason long after the full version has been pulled from the market.
That's just me being careful; I figure that XP is my last Windows OS (I know; I said that about Win2K, too) because I just need my machines to work. We buy legal versions of all of our software (and music), so that's not the issue. I just don't need intrusiveness or balkiness from my work machines. No, I figure that Linux is somewhere in our future, probably years from now. The problem with that, of course, is buying a lot of new software, versions of which may not exist for Linux. However, this comment from zawam at SEF gives hope:
If you use WINE, add a few bits here and there that can be "borrowed" from a windows installation, then Linux can run a fair few Windows Apps…
I have DW, Flash and Fireworks running on Linux
Well, some hope. No idea what "bits" would need to be "borrowed" or whether that would be legal. Still, I'll be keeping an eye out. All I want to do is run my Windows versions of apps on Linux. I figure that's coming, if it isn't here already.
[ADDED] Actually, I'd done a quick review of Simply Mepis in 2004, so I can't say I have no experience with Linux. Just … most of it's with web servers. :)
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