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Anything and everything having to do with technology, computers, science, and most of all... Linux! The documentation of my Linux endeavor.

End of the world? aka... It's back...

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Oh no. Oh no, oh no, oh no. This can't be good. Windows is back on my computer... Which really sucks... REALLY. Except that... I need it. Yes, yes, yell at me and say that there is absolutely NO reason to use Windows. But when it comes down to it... Windows in unavoidable. The problem: I need to run 3dsmax and Inventor software from Autodesk. Why? Robotics... Club that is. I have recently joined a FIRST Robotics team in my area. Of course, this robot will have to be designed, and then built. This is where 3dsmax and Inventor come in. Of course, I could use Blender, which I wanted to at first... but the UI is quite daunting, and the competition is in only 6 weeks! Work needs to get done! So I have come to this incredible breach of my principles.
The version I am using is Windows XP Professional 64bit, which I received from a friend. So no, Microsoft has gained nothing from my using Windows. It is also loaded onto my rather lowly 40gig hard drive. So, I am not really giving up anything.
I like Windows no more than before... and I'll probably be listing quite a few reasons why Windows sucks over the next few weeks (bare with me, this is how I handle "traumatic" experiences). Here are a few things to start:
  • I have been using only Linux (on my computer) for about half a year now. In that time, I have completely forgotten how crappy the user interface is in Windows. Wow... gnome and KDE are FAR, FAR, FAR superior. And no Beryl :'(

  • Takes too long to get/ install software. Windows: Start up browser, search for product, find a good download site, download, extract, start the installer, agree to annoying "Terms of Service/ License" clearly against the GPL, go through a million options, finally start the actual install, reboot. Linux (Ubuntu): apt-get install (whatever). Whew. Yeah, I see why Linux is soooo much harder to use than Windows!

  • Drivers are not automatically installed! I am so used to having Linux recognize all my hardware and install the right drivers automatically. In Windows, I have to go through a million different CDs to get all my drivers installed. Then look for the 64bit versions if they are not included.
Perhaps I have just been spoiled by using Linux. Anyways, Windows is now back on my computer... and I guess I'll just have to live with it.
posted by linnerd40, Sunday, January 14, 2007


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