Linux Day 5

Yesterday was a more productive day.  The only "snag" that I ran into was that a webcast for Microsoft’s Certifications wouldn’t load up properly– so I had to go to Windows in order to view it.  I spent about 2 hours viewing the webcast and trying to figure out my situation with the UPS’s (which I’m going to be swapping them out soon).  Hopefully the addin that I found will be able to shut down my other computer(s).

I did run into a snag with firefox though.  The other day, my desktop crashed (it has to do with opening applications like Kate using sudo in the terminal).  When it came back, my profile in Firefox was completely screwed up.  So, I ended up creating a new profile.  Minor issue.  But, a learning lesson anyhow.  If you’re using KDE, then it’s recommended that you use kdesudo in place of sudo (for opening desktop applications from the terminal).  Typically you won’t bother with this at all, but there are times when you may need to do it (such as editing a configuration file).  I realize that you have vim and emacs available, but for someone who’s coming over from Windows (and probably has never used a DOS-based editor (or Unix-based editor in this case)), being able to edit with Kate and KWrite are bonuses.

I’ve spent the last couple of hours migrating things over from my hotmail account to my gmail account.  Fun, fun fun, to say the least.  Now I have a system though.  I’ve marked everything as read in Hotmail, so the only things that will show up between now and tomorrow are things that I still need to move.  And as more incentive to get this done, I cannot get my hotmail or msn or patscomputerservices e-mails through Evolution right now.  The POP servers don’t like the commands sent (you know… things like "Username" and "password").  So, it’s a waiting game (or I can always log in through a browser)….  Funny thing is, yesterday I had this issue with two of my accounts. A little while later, those worked, and two others wouldn’t.  Today none of them work.  All the more reason to jump ship– I think. 

After 4 full days and starting the fifth, I came to some conclusions.

1.  If you’re just doing things like checking e-mail and surfing the web (in other words not playing Windows Games), then you can easily switch to Linux.  I’m able to work on my college homework and even view the live chats without a problem… In fact, they seem to work better here than in Windows.

2.  If your games involve things that Linux doesn’t offer (eg anti-hack programs and such) and they don’t offer a Linux version, then you have to make a choice.  Either dual-boot, so you can play your games, or find new games.  You can always push to get the games ported to Linux–but that may not work out the best.

3.  If you require specific applications that don’t have Linux versions, you can try to run them under Wine (which may or may not work– you’ll want to check their site for details), look for Linux applications which do the same thing (albeit differently), or dual-boot.

4.  If you have to do any Windows Administration, then you’ll be using Windows at least part of the time (this is the boat that I’m in).  Whether it be through Remote Desktop, or actually booting into a Windows machine–either way, you won’t be able to make a complete break.

Do I miss Windows? Yes, a little.  Am I ready to go back? I’m torn on this one.  Part of me wants to go back, because it’s more familiar. But part of me likes using Linux too.  I can easily say that I won’t be anti-Windows.  And I can say that I will keep using Linux.  And when the time comes that I can do everything I need here, I may consider switching for my day to day use.  Does Windows miss me?  Well… Windows Home Server misses this computer.  It is sitting with a "Yellow" status because this computer hasn’t backed up since Sunday night.  Boy is it in for a shock 😛

There are definitely some quirks in Linux that I don’t like.  For example, I have Chrome set as my default browser.  Yet Evolution keeps opening up Firefox.  aMSN keeps opening up Konqueror, and mailto: links keep opening up in KMail.  So, I think I’ll be figuring out how to change some of these things.  What I like though is this:  If I want to change these things, I can easily download the source code for the application, and code it differently.  Can you do that with Outlook or Internet Explorer?  NOPE.  Can you do that with Windows applications that are hard-coded to use Internet Explorer for everything?  Only if they are open-source…  For that reason, Linux gets a + in my book.

Have a great day:)

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