Open Ballot: Abandon ship?

Linux

If you're reading this then the chances are you use Linux. It's most likely that you use it quite a bit.

The Open Ballot this fortnight is: Do you ever see yourself switching back to Windows or Mac OS X (or BSD, Solaris, MikeOS or any other OS) and leaving Linux behind?

Are there some problems that just don't get solved? Are the problems getting worse? Or is everything just peachy as you bask in the warm glow of software freedom?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments below and we'll read out the best on Thursday's podcast.

(hat tip to zmoylan on irc -- freenode channel #linuxformat -- for the question)

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Your comments

Never say never

I can see no reason to leave Linux in the future. I'm very happy right now and have used Linux more or less exclusively for about seven years.
I can't imagine what might make me want to change, but you never know.

Only for a better free OS

I would leave GNU/Linux only if there was any better free (as in freedom) and opensource OS. But currently I don't see it coming.

Very happy with Linux

I am very happy with Linux. As things stand I do not see myself switching my OS. When I have experienced problems, I have found there is a wealth of knowledge and support on offer from the community. This is in complete contrast to issues I had using Windows where help is often unavailable. The only significant Linux issue I have had in recent years is related to gaming and graphics drivers. I think that if more people use Linux then these issues will be resolved.

I love the freedom which comes with Linux and find the OS as a whole much easier to use than MS or OSX.

nearly managed it

Tried to jump ship on windows at last a few weeks back, but only managed to get 45/150 games running

it's impressive how far things have come (especially with steam), but i can't fully dump windows until game companies release on linux natively

From my cold, dead hands

Nope.

Nope, no and never.

I have no interest in using a non-free OS ever again. Those rare times when I'm forced to do so (browser testing websites in IE for work, or removing spyware detritus from various relatives' laptops) it only serves to remind me of how much I don't want to go there.

Even if freedom were not an issue, I don't think I'd switch. The Windows architecture is bonkers, and the lack of a proper shell is a deal-breaker. OSX is a bit better (generally prettier, actually UNIX-based, and I love the way applications are installed) but it's just not customisable (or secure) enough for me.

Switching to BSD/Solaris/A.N.OtherFreeOS is a theoretical possibility, I suppose, but I'd have to motivated by some specific need that only that OS provides. Currently, that's not the case. For me, it's penguins all the way down.

Introducing key codes would kill it

I have no problem with paying for software (why should anyone?) but one of the things that killed Windows for me was the need to enter, so many times, 25-digit key codes when installing software. A few years ago my teenage son seemed to break a PC every 6 months. Every 6 months I had to install Windows XP from scratch. That's a lot of software and a lot of slow and tedious copy protection to be gone through, extending the whole computer setup process.

The joy of discovering Ubuntu (I think it was 8.10) was the easy installation of the OS and software. Not a product key in sight.

If developers were to start introducing copy protection, then I might as well revert to Windows.

Still on the subject of jumping ship (but maybe jumping lifeboats): I have wondered recently what distro I would settle on if the Debian/Ubuntu/Mint systems were to disappear. I think OpenSuse would be my backup choice. I wonder what other people would switch to if they had to?

Linux does everything, with choice

I get forced to either use another OS or produce output compatible with another OS all the time, and it almost always reinforces my love of Linux. Some people insist that their statistics come from "SPSS Version X", because that is what "everyone" uses - but then Windows decides to install updates and automatically reboots in the middle of a session. I need an original RAW format camera image - where is it inside Apple's bizarre iPhoto app? (An application that also has very odd ideas about "events" and locating modified files in a completely different directory structure from the originals).

I definitely prefer Linux, and definitely prefer direct access to my own files, in my own directory structure. I like the ability to run commands of unbelievable complexity. And the more demanding applications, that have been buggy in Linux in the past (audio recording, music production and video editing) are becoming very good.

eh?

At the moment I dual boot with Win7 for games. That's it. I see no other reason to use Windows atm.

Given that Steam is on Linux, if they ever get their act in gear and port every game to Linux as it's released, I'd see no reason ever to use Windows again.

As for Mac... If my wife and daughter didn't love the flipping things, Apple would have been banned from our house long ago.

I do take my openness victories where I can. I got my wife to pick a non-restricted ebook reader and get her free books via Project Guttenberg. My daughter uses a Linux laptop and a non-apple mp3 player, and my son 96 years old) called windows crap in a shop last month.

mistake.

My son is NOT 96. Damn shift key!

Windows is a non-starter for

Windows is a non-starter for me, even though I used to be a Windows admin. I dual-boot Windows because it came on the box and some things (my ISP's fault determination process, coupon sites) require it. I spend 99.9% of my time on CrunchBang (Debian) and love it.

Mac OS X is kind of tempting because of its Unix base, but there is too much cruft on top and none of the current Mac boxes really appeal to me.

I stared using Linux in

I stared using Linux in 2008. I vaguely remember using Windows was just meh. Bland. Dull. Not that I knew anything else at that time, of course. But switching to Linux was an instant fun. It felt so right. I was a social science student. I had no idea you could actually have warm feelings towards you OS! Linux got me interested in programming. Tuxradar podcasts helped me survive through painful days of cleaning job and surgery recovery. Abandon ship? Fuck no.

No swiss army knife ever has enough blades

Linux has reached the point where it will do 90% of what most casual users need from a computer, but there will always be things that Linux won't be able to do because it doesn't have a driving/guiding force behind it, mainly I think dealing with proprietary hardware like video cards and the like. I know that the reason I have not switched entirely to Linux in my house is that my wife has a peripheral device that she uses a lot that is only supported by MS Windows, and it is just easier to let her have her Windows PCs with the applications she knows and not cause her any undue stress.

The rise of OS-neutral web-based applications makes the argument over the underlying operating system moot for most people who don't care to know about what magic goes inside their magic box, whether that box is sitting on their desktop or held in the palm of their hand, and until some company makes a point of using straight Linux on their products, it will always be an 'after market' product that only the hobbyist will seek out and use.

Hardly

Unless there came a new shiny free software OS that would blow GNU/Linux away, or new technology would eliminate the need for an OS as we know it. I guess I could see myself looking at the BSD's closer in the future, but I can't see myself replacing GNU/Linux entirely any time soon.

There has not been a Windows box in my household for at least 5 years (I've simply not had any use for one) and I've never owned an Apple product (not even an iPod). I don't see that changing anytime soon.

no way Jose

Ask me again when hell has frozen over, although something that prints photos nicely would be appreciated

Anything could happen in the next half hour!

But I doubt it.
Windows would need such a fundamental redesign that it would no longer be Windows.
I do not like Apples restrictive attitude (you WILL use Apple devices the way Apple say).

Linux currently works perfectly for my needs & anything new would require time to mature and/or offer something spectacular to make me move

not permanently

Like most computer users, I only use basic apps: browser, music player, video player, libre office, pdf viewer, etc. These work as well on Linux as they do on Windows.
I dual-boot with Windows 7 as a backup and to use MindManager until a recent update to freemind added the function I needed; it was a dark time...

I have been using Debian

I have been using Debian since late 2000 when I replaced Windows 98SE which had come pre-installed on my desktop PC at the time of purchase. Whenever I get a new PC now the first thing I do is wipe the disc and install Debian. I have never had any major problems. My laptop gets shutdown every night and the servers, which also use Debian, just run, and run and run. Server uptime is usually measured in years.

My usage of packages has changed over time. In the early 2000s everything would come from the official Debian repositories with perhaps some audio/video stuff creeping in from Debian Multimedia. Now, most packages still come from Debian but I also use, for example, the base install of Python and bring in a lot of stuff hosted on Github and Bitbucket etc. The packages are still all FOSS as I don't have a need for anything else and it feels good.

@no way Jose
"something that prints photos nicely would be appreciated"

An inkjet printer perhaps!

I have a confession

I have slowly switched to windows 7 after sticking with Linux since Red Hat 6.0. The reasons are several, mostly it revolves about me wanting more simplification and spending less time tweaking config files. I also want access to more apps and games. Even though some of my core apps works under linux (Firefox, libreoffice, dropbox), others dosen't (e.g. foxit reader) and lack a decent equivalent (no PDF reader that annotates in a standardized and intuitive way). Besides, windows 7 have matured enough to be usable, I like the introduction of Aero snap and expansion of keyboard shortcuts to various parts of the desktop *and* ability to invert colours. The missing parts, such as being able to scroll in unfocused windows and moving with alt+mouse1, can be achieved with freeware apps. While I love gnome 3 and how productivity focused it is, it is too much of a resource hog on my netbook - even more so than windows 7. And, belive it or not, certain windows apps have a very clever way to save pixel space by integrating the toolbars into the window border (look at latest version of foxit reader again). There are also minor things such as kernel bug 12309 that renders my computer unusable on linux.

I hate myself for abandoning linux, specially since this year linux has gained more recognition yet and Linux is far closer to my values than windows could ever be, but hopefully it will be even more polished in the near future.

An emphatic "probably not"

It's seems implausible to imagine turning my back on the years spent with Linux.

That said, I remember when I would have predicted a life-long dedication to Amiga. I remember when a friend showed me Windows 3 -- and I laughed hysterically at the idea that it could "catch on".

I remember fighting endless hours getting Linux to run on a machine and thinking that it was a nice toy, with a doubtful future.

So the fact that I cannot imagine leaving my current OS seems to be something of a repeating trend for me. As operating systems get Cloudier, who's to say what will happen?

Unless something better comes along Im here to stay

Unless something better comes along I am going to stick with GNU/Linux. I like all the software being right at my finger tips in the software center. I like the community and how helpful they are. And I like the feeling that someone took the time to make the software I use everyday because they wanted too and not because some overlord told them that is the project they will be working on that day.
If I ever did move away from Linux it would be in the direction of Free BSD instead of back to MS Windows or Mac OSX.

Only if Windows or Mac OS X becomes almost like Linux

Only if Windows or Mac OS X becomes free, using UNIX file system, support any desktop environment, developer oriented, support all the packages which are currently supported by most Linux distros, then I will consider to switch to these OSes.

Linux Ecosystem is the one I want to be in.

Having now spent almost more of my life on linux machines than windows machines, I don't think I could depart to any other ecosystem.

There is a lot of things that I know I would miss:

-> Decent commandline, mac one is ok, but it isn't as good as the default one you get with ubuntu.
-> No annoying installers which try to install toolbars and other unrelated software.
-> A unified updater location ( no adobe or other installer annoying me at bootup)
-> Lack of viruses, malware. (this is just a lovely sideeffect.)
-> Genuinely wonderful development environment. Almost every programming language is available in the linux environment.

The vast majority of my functional requirements could be satisfied elsewhere, but heres what I would really miss:

-> Windows has no good terminal emulator (that I have found)
-> The sensible unix filesystem layout (couldn't go back to this C directory crap)
-> A minimal desktop, I like a very minimal desktop (tiny panel, and app launching through GNOME do)

As a result, no in the near future escaping to a Mac OS X or Windows world doesn't seem like a reality.

Unfortunately the maturity and rate of change of the BSD's don't allow them to be a real option for me, but as I get more boring as I get older, stability of OS becomes ever more important.

If my employeer wants

On home, I don't have any plans doing so.

If my employer demands me to so, I will surely have to. However one good thing is, I have never been to a company that has ever demanded me to use windows over Linux. I choose my carrier carefully. Even when I was writing .NET application there were two computers (FreeBSD and Ubuntu) at my hand to practice with some internal projects (and I was taking RHCE classes).

Recently when things started to get shiny on Linux (past year), I removed the windows OS, I had not used for 2-3 years.

So I don't see a point, why I will be switching to windows, but I am not adamant.

had to...

as a graphic designer and illustrator, i couldn't get linux to function efficiently in my workflow. i tried over three years to get photoshop to run without glitches and my hp tc4400's wacom screen to function properly. i had to switch to windows. i grew up mac but totally jumped ship around version 10.7.

windows is poison, but the only way to work efficiently. i spent about 40 hours getting the UI/UX setup so it no longer felt like windows. i might hate windows, but my love for getting-things-done is stronger.

if i could hack mac onto my tc4400 (functionally), then i would the happiest illustrator in the world.

as far as photoshop goes, there are no alternative solutions for linux.

Audio and Tony Hawk

I wish I could have as easy an audio workflow on GNU/Linux as I did when I used OS X. When I abandoned OS X in 2008 and went full-time with Debian, easy audio composition and recording (think Garageband) was one thing I missed, and still miss. Admittedly, I haven't fully explored my options, and I still haven't been able to get MIDI to work, and when I do I'm sure all of my problems will go away. *rolleyes*

I also use my partner's Windows 7 computer to play Tony Hawk Underground 2, but only because it does not run under WINE and I have a major addiction. Worth abandoning everything I do on my computer for a platform solely for a skateboarding game? I think not.

No for now

`switching back to Windows'?! Why the heck are you assuming I was an stupid guy who used to use Windows? ;)

I already use OpenBSD, although as a general purpose desktop operating system, Linux is my main choice, simply because it's easy to use and I'm used to it.

BTW Reasons to quit using Linux: Ubuntu fanboys every where ;)

I left Linux on my laptop a long time ago

I am a sysadmin and deal with a mixed environment of servers. I tried for 3 months to get Fedora 17 to work the way I wanted and to allow me to do all of my job functions but failed. The major shortcomings were lack of a good RDP client (many worked, none were good), lack of stable flash (for management tools), and lack of remote Windows management tools (MMC, PowerShell, etc.). For a while I was running Fedora but would spend my whole day in a Windows 7 VM just so I could get work done.
I really love Linux on servers and only buy routers that are compatible with open firmwares. I run Amahi at home but the lack of good/stable desktop applications and interoperability with non-Linux platforms killed Linux for my work laptop.
At home where I don't manage Windows remotely it is a different story. Web browsing works fine (most of the time) and there are enough programs to let me function. My only gripes are lack of support for touchscreen/tablet computers and bad battery life (I'm currently running LM15 RC and get about 2/3 the battery life I would in Win7).

Considering jumping ship...

I have used Kubuntu as the primary OS on my laptop and at work, due to a flexible techie allowing me, for about 2yrs but it has been a struggle all the way - drivers, apps not working preventing me doing stuff. Our home PC NVidia graphics card causes all kinds of grief for all flavours it seems. It is a 64bit machine that should speed along, and does in Windows, but crawls and barely copes under Linux. So, putting it all together, I am now seriously at the point of considering Windows 7... seriously considering.

Getting the work done and multimedia Linux Appliances.

I would love to tell you that I moved over to Linux and didn't have a moments problem doing the same work with different tools. But I wouldn't lie to you.

My job, energy assessment, involves collecting data from a site visit on paper and then transferring it to a browser based data entry system that checks the data for integrity and makes the calculations resulting in a pdf that forms the certificate.

Originally the sole choice of browser that would actually talk to the accreditation scheme's server was IE. If you want any tech support for the energy assessment it is still the only one supported by the scheme. However chrome and firefox now work.

The real sticking point is the need to be able to scan the paper forms and archive them. The available linux scanning s/w is very poor. It also doesn't like my Canon pixma printer/scanner.

You may argue that I should buy something else. Yes I should. When it dies horribly I will. Until then reality dictates that XP will soldier on.

I am however using Linux in a variety of guises for all my home multimedia needs with debian powered NASs, FREENAS, Mint with XBMC Joggler tablet for audio playback and even an MP3 player with Rockbox in the car.

If Leo Laporte of TWiT.TV keeps complaining about Windows 8...

Leo Laporte is one of the biggest fanboys on the left coast of the US. Even he has come out hating Windows 8. If even the super podcaster Leo can't get behind Windows 8, I fear I would not give it much consideration. Besides, my fingers are the wrong resolution for touch computing it seems whenever I try to use touch screens.

Since I moved to Xubuntu, the issues I had using Windows went away. Since I moved my parents to Lubuntu, their computer support needs have reduced dramatically. Granted, I did have a Mac and if I could ever afford such a super-duper custom BSD box ever again I would give it serious consideration. Until then, I have hand-me-down hardware that shines with Xubuntu and Lubuntu.

I switched to Windows 7

I have used Linux off and on for a good number of years, but about six months ago switched back to Win7.

The main reason was that various gadgets would not work with it - my mp3 player; my Kobo ereader.

A secondary reason was that I had some software I needed for work that I needed which was for Windows. I had been running them on an XP virtualbox, so I managed, just not conveniently.

If things that plug and play on Windows would work as easily under Linux I would be tempted back. My computer is a tool rather than a hobby, so I don't want to spend ages trying to get things working (and usually failing).

penguin power!

Windows is useful for work(8-12 hour day), but tedious. When I get home I immediately pull up xubuntu or mint on my laptop and the universe is as it should be. I'll always have windows running somewhere in my house for the occasional scenario when I can't do something easily on Linux, but I use it less and less each month.

The Linux Sea of choice

I have jumped ship numerous times, but always to another Linux distro who offered what I needed. Because there is so much choice (and the choice to fork a project if things get nasty), then there is not likely a chance I will return to Windows... unless Microsoft starting using a Linux Kernel: Microsoft Linux anyone?

Mabey....

I might be tempted to leave Linux Mint if the world hapens to end or a rift in the space time continum removes computers from excistance. Other then that nope I'm quite content.

The only reason...

I've found to run something different from a Linux distribution is some game I want to play with others. Actually, because of job policies and the need to run certain applications, I my job I user a Windows 7 desktop, and keep installing FLOSS tools to do my work. I even manage the company to supply me a Windows laptop to use when I need to work remotely, because my laptop, and all my computers at home run Linux. MAC is out of consideration, as I found it even more close than windows. What I consider is a switch from the distribution I've been using, Mandriva, as its future is not clear.

Windows for gaming and OS X at work

While I'll probably always tinker with Linux, I've had to use OS X as part of my job for the last 4 years and I love it. I don't agree with Apple's politics, and they've certainly neglected OS X in recent years, but it's still a terrific product.

When I'm in Windows, I lament how difficult / impossible it is to get FLOSS stuff installed and working the way I like it. There's very little of this friction when hopping between OS X and Linux.

I'd be using OS X at home right now if Apple released a non-Xeon Mac Pro that had a price tag I could stomach.

Of course, I'd still need to dual-boot Windows to play games, although Valve and the Humble Bundle are slowing chipping away at this dependency.

What does the future hold

I suppose this could be seen as following on from the last ballot.

I have a 2 year old son and he will be going to school where all computers will be either Windows or iPads. Would I be putting my son at a disadvantage by tenaciously using Linux on all home computers?

I would like to think I will be using Linux, but the rest of the family? maybe not.

With companies relying on propriety software/formats, something as simple as completing a job application form can cause issues id est when the company creates limits on how many words you answer a question with.

Is there things that can be improved on Linux?
Yes. For home use using certain equipment/software can be problematic and not straight forward, for example, using a professional photo printer. This isn't to say Linux doesn't support such devices, but you have to look for compatible devices and then, in a majority of cases, not all functions work.

But I like it Linux and it's ethos.

PS on a separate note. As a school governor we are going to be speaking about upgrading our ICT. What options are out to implement Linux? And what educational software is available which is up to UK education standards? We will be moving from RM Community Connect 3. Any advice on this would be greatly appreciated.

For families Linux will always play 2nd fiddle to Windows

Here's why:
My wife can't handle anything new or different; to work from home she has to use a secure, remote app gateway that works occasionally on Windows and not at all on Linux; my younger daughter (18) hates it - she doesn't see the point of it when Windows does everything she wants it to; the web browsers on our (few) Linux installs don't seem able to connect with my kids' school homework portal; until recently (i.e. playonlinux) there didn't seem to be a solution for iTunes on Linux - poor old wine didn't work; Sims doesn't run on Linux - wine didn't work for that either; my employer provides me with a Windows laptop and requires me to keep Windows on it for compatibility with corporate systems and to allow their IT Support (who have no Linux skills) to provide support.

Looking on the bright side: my eldest daughter (21) is a convert and uses it for everything except iTunes and Sims (she has dual boot on her laptop); my son (12) is kind of a convert - he doesn't care what is under the browser layer as he mostly uses it for online gaming via the browser.

In short: We will always have to have Windows as our main platform, though we also have a few underground Linux installs/dual boots secreted behind plant pots and down the back of sofa cushions.

It's like with relationships

It reminds me of relationships.

You could go with the pretty girl who changes her style every month, makes you spend lots of money on her, and doesn't give you any direction, all while remarking how simple she makes things.

On the other hand you could go with the girl who's crossed every i and dotted every t to get ahead in the business world. You two have dated before, but she's even more of a square these days than she used to be.

No, I'll take the girl who stands for something. Who's got an eye for the future and the past. Who looks good dressed up or down. Who can get things done, keep secrets, and work a toaster for me if I ask her the right way.

I'll stick with Lady Linux, and I don't see myself leaving her unless I lose my taste for women altogether.

Yes and No

I run Linux most of the time in my home office. But I need to also use MS Office for my work. Many of the fan boys who write love letters using Libre Office cannot understand why MS Office is needed. But there are many of us who have to use it because LO still doesn't' do the job. I use the higher order features of Office and have to run what I produce on Windows machines in other environments. I use VMware Player to run MS Office. (VirtualBox can't hack it either I might add.) And finally I also use TeamViewer 8 to run my Windows 7 desktop back at the head office because that is the defacto OS used by my employing organisation. So yes, I do all this on top of Linux but a good deal of the time I'm using Windows 7.

As a developer, I find

As a developer, I find liking my time in other operating systems even less and less. I used to be a huge Windows fan (I even liked Vista!), spent years in OS X at the behest of my boss, and then fell in love with Windows 7.

Now, I'm older & wiser. I've been running Linux as my primary OS now for 6-8 months and absolutely adore it. I'm still toying with distros, but if anything were going to drive me back to Windows, it would be hardware incompatibilities (I'm looking at you, Nvidia). I'm probably going to be requesting new hardware to keep that com happening, though.

I have and it's kinda great

Every operating system and computing platform has its plusses and minuses. Windows is the best for gaming, for being able to just download and run a random program, for pirating professional quality applications, and for hardware support. I have no experience using Macs but they seem to have beautiful UIs and are very reliable. Linux is great for writing software, setting up a webserver, and general hacking and messing around with the OS itself. Just like how tablets are good for reading magazines (like the Linux Format) and watching movies, smart phones are good for checking email, reading news, texting, talking, etc, and laptops for portability (taking a chromebook outside and running Stellarium for example), all platforms have their niches. It is less a matter of leaving Linux behind and more a matter of being pragmatic and using my time as efficiently as possible in order to have the most fun with my time. If the program that I want to install is not in an official repo, I'm adding years to my life by just installing the program on Windows.

Tablet OS

I'm a long-time Linux enthusiast. I've been using Linux exclusively for several years. I've got three desktop PCs and three laptop pcs all running Ubuntu and I'm delighted with them.

Last December I bought a BlackBerry Playbook 64GB from PC World for £129 in a stock clearing sale. Since then I've grown to love it. It's made me appreciate that for a 7” touch screen you need a UI that's optimized for the job. Stock Ubuntu just wouldn't be compatible with my fat fingers.

The Playbook 2.1 OS which is QNX based is great although proprietary.

I'm finding that I'm using my Playbook tablet for
Google, Facebook, email, listening to Tuxradar podcasts etc in preference to using Ubuntu Netbook Remix on my trusty eee PC 701 4G.

It seems to me that a huge amount of work will be required to update Ubuntu and all its application software for tablet use.

Nothing Compares

I don't see any viable alternatives to Linux for myself. Other OSes may work for others, but nothing has helped me learn about computing as much as Linux, nor has anything been as flexible. How can I ever go back to waiting for developers to find and fix bugs instead of me helping them?

I did years ago...

Quite a few years ago, I did switch back to Windows. Then I switched back to Linux again. Won't be doing that a second time!

it's not perfect

linux isn't perfect but when the alternatives are windows and macosx then the lack of/intermittent hardware support on linux is only a minor niggle.

currently trying to set up dual boot on a win8 laptop just so i can update firmware on some hardware and it's an awful os. just awful.

an old mac mini i got 7 years ago still runs ok but the direction of apple just feels too restrictive.

Do you ever see yourself switching ......

No.

Personally no.

I've been running Linux at home since 1999 and that won't change. At work I use Windows and MACs and that won't be changing, although if I had my way, we'd be a completely Linux shop. Sadly, I don't hold the purse strings.

Like Eve, I was tempted....

I must confess I came close to such treasonous thoughts just the past weekend. I've using a free OS since 2009, firstly Ubuntu but since February 2012, Xubuntu.

Recently my hard-drive failed so after putting a new one I set about installing Xubuntu 13.04. All went fine but video driver issues did make me briefly think shall I just get Windows 7?

Very briefly - the Nvidia driver makes things smoother and the card itself stays cooler but for some reason the shut-dwon/re-boot/boot-up screen is a horrible old-fashioned terminal style screen with scary bits of code running, whereas the Nouveau driver shows the nice blue Xubuntu screen during the boot cycle. Unfortunately, window rendering was noticeably slower/jerkier and the card was running a good 10-15 degrees hotter, even when idling.

So, yes, I did think about going back to Windows. My wife has an iPad Mini which is a very well made piece of hardware but it's closed garden walls makes interaction with anything other than Apple kit very difficult. Just to get music on to the thing needs iTunes so we have to use my son's W7 laptop - this made it tempting to think about going back to Windows......

But then other things reminded my why I use a free open-source OS.

The ease of installing applications from the Software Centre.

The ease of installing my two HP printers - no CDs installing HP crapware, just a quick yes/no to install drivers.

The community giving quick helpful answers on IRC and Ubuntu Forums.

So, no, I don't see myself going back to Windows at all.

Back to Windows..

With Linux, you used to have to fiddle a lot. It has been less and less true with time. It reaches the point where nowadays everything pretty much work. It is no fun anymore, I will back to Windows, there are more fiddling and breakage there these days...

Seriously, when you move to Linux, there is no turning back.

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