Win-doze


This is a post about why Windows sucks big time and why Ubuntu Linux or practically any Linux version can give any version of Windows a run for its money.

Reasons to use Windows

There are basically three reasons to use Windows:

  1. Microsoft Office 2007 (because OpenOffice.org can never give such awesome text effects; and I’m still trying to figure out how make this work with WINE)
  2. iTunes (because Apple does not offer support to Linux and iTunes doesn’t run on WINE. Although I can use Rhythmbox to transfer songs to my iPod, but still adding photos, making playlists is not possible. And Ankur Bannerjee does not like Rhythmbox and I agree with some of his points too.)
  3. Safari (because it does not work with WINE either and it’s text rendering is awesome; although it is quite buggy and unstable)

That’s it, folks!

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2 comments

  1. Prashanth Kanduri · September 8, 2008

    Dude, have you heard of Songbird? It is an amazing alternative to iTunes giving full Apple support and a lot more along with a sexy interface!
    Safari is good only because of its Webkit rendering engine. The interface is just the skin, it is the internals that matter. There are quite a few Webkit based browsers that give a 100/100 on the Acid 3 test. Take for instance Midori…
    Wine and Emulation are for desperadoes who wouldn’t mind losing a huge chunk of performance just for running something as much of a low priority thing like an Office Suite. If it is that what you primarily work with, you might consider using a VM, or better wait for Lotus Symphony to release…

  2. imptodef · September 8, 2008

    @Prashant: first of all, thanks for reading my blog! Yes, I’ve tried Songbird and was thoroughly impressed. But isn’t it a bit too unresponsive at times? I think it’d support dual-core computers better. Anyway, iTunes isn’t fast enough.
    Yes, Webkit browsers are quite good. They have a lot of visual appeal. But when I used Midori, I simply HATED it. No specific reason, but didn’t like its overall appeal.
    Of course WINE is dead slow. But now I got this CrossOver Linux and CrossOver Games, which run specific stuff such as Office 07, CorelDraw, Adobe Photoshop CS2, World of Warcraft, Half-Life and many more. I’ll just drop a post about CrossOver as soon as the exams are over.
    As far as a VM is concerned, it didn’t work in Ubuntu as I don’t have a bootable XP CD.

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