Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Amazing World of Windows

I am not a big fan of Windows and nowadays Linux is my fancy. The last time I used Mac was about 10 years ago. So, obviously, I am pretty biased in this regard, even though I think justifiably so. Yesterday I was very amused to find an interesting discussion on the web about the benefits of Windows. It all started from a user of Mac who never used Windows before (people like that exist it turns out) being excited about a new program created by Apple called Boot Camp. Boot Camp allows to dual boot OSX and Windows on Macintosh computer (dual boot means being able to choose between working in Windows or OSX when computer starts). This guy finaly got a chance to try Windows without having to buy a new computer to do it, and wanted to know what new exciting applications will become available to him in the Windows world. The question was asked on slashdot.org, which means he was answered by a very big and very technical crowd. What did people came up with? Here is grouping of different types of answers:

1. Games
2. Antivirus e.t.c applications (this is not exciting, this is the grim reality of a Windows user)
3. Applications that came from or are available on Mac (iTunes, Photoshop ...)
4. Applications that came from Linux
5. Games

That's it. Obviously, there are crucial things that are not available on Mac that are not mentioned here. But almost all of them are professional applications, like Visual Studio. Non-professionals don't care about them. So, I guess, games then. Makes it much more clear why Microsoft is ready to loose billions (and it does) in a war with Sony's PlayStation. PlayStation is not using Windows (PlayStation 3 uses Linux) and in effect takes away the last reason for the casual user to ever touch Windows computer.

5 comments:

Amethe said...

It's a sad truth. Right now I'm sitting beside two beige boxes, both of which are humming along as they should. One running WindowsXP, and the other running Gentoo. This shouldn't be necessary but it is, because everytime I thought I could abandon Windows entirely, I was dragged back eventually by the grim reminder that it's still a Windows world.

I'm not a gamer, but I'm enough of one to feel a sense of loss when I look at my games and realize they won't run unless I go crawling back to the software supergiant. Though I feel the same sense of loss when I realize I can't run my beloved XFCE without a huge outputting of effort and compromise on my part (CygwinX, or remote X from my Gentoo box, and it's a piddly little 500mhz thing).

Maybe Windows is in its death throes, and people will begin to realize that there's better options out there. I for one am eyeing the new Macbooks with heightened anticipation.

Yury Puzis said...

I feel your pain brother :)

Irina Tsukerman said...

No comment, but you know what *I* am thinking! ; )

Yury Puzis said...

It must be tough to live in Windows Wide World, isn't it? ;)

Irina Tsukerman said...

: P You're so mean.