Tuesday, 8 January 2008

Linux just works for me !

Over the last few months it seems to have become almost de rigeur to write a blog that attacks Linux, particularly Ubuntu and it's friends, for failing to live up to the hype that it is a) the greatest thing since sliced bread b) the cure for the common cold or c) computing nirvana. I read a fascinating blog the other day written by a Linux expert, well I think he was an expert, he said he was and claimed to have been using Ubuntu since as far back as 7.04. My God, I thought, with that kind or experience he must know what he's talking about. Anyway, he wrote at great length of his woes installing and running this new fangled Windows clone ( Sorry, I mean 7.10 ) and how it failed miserably to even stand in the shadow of the mighty XP.

People seem to take great delight these days in writing about their attempt to move from Windows to Linux and their abject failure when. after 10 minutes of effort. it doesn't look and work like XP ( I know 'work' probably isn't a word usually found in the same sentence as Windows but saying 'look and crash like Windows' would probably cause 'No_Ax_to_Grind' to have apoplexy ) They seem to think it's cool to try out this new and groovy Windows ( damn, I've done it again ) and then write about their spectacular lack of success ( and ability ). It's like writing a damning critique of skiing after breaking your leg on the nursery slopes.

So, my first blog isn't a litany of disaster, a story of a technological trail blazer gone horribly wrong or another episode of the 'Linux isn't ready for the desktop yet' saga. Linux works fine for me ... but then I use Fedora :-)