Windows Vista was released at midnight today. Woohoo?
I played with Vista while it was in beta. I liked it and thought that Microsoft added a few nifty things. However, I was bummed that WinFS was dropped from the feature list. A few other planned features were canned as well so that Vista would ship on time. This didn’t bother me all that much. But within the past couple of days, a few facts give me cause for concern:
- Vista is crazy-expensive.
- When installing an “upgrade” version of Vista, you need a previous version already installed on the computer. I love clean installs. Having to install Windows XP (or another supported previous version of Windows) and then Vista is lame. And seriously, have you ever seen a Windows upgrade install ever go smoothly? Hardly.
- Vista will DRM us to death.
For my home computers, I think I’m done with Windows. I’ve given this some thought and I think I can do it with little transition pain. Now I won’t be replacing my PC hardware with Macs anytime soon, since I don’t have that kind of money…not yet, anyway. 😉 I think Ubuntu is well on its way to becoming the primary operating system on my home computers. I already use it in a virtual machine, so I’m comfortable with it. Compared to other Linux distros that I’ve used in the past, it’s by far the most usable. There really isn’t anything that I’d be missing.
I’ve been using Firefox on Windows for 3+ years and I’d continue to do so on Ubuntu.
A dedicated email client is not something that I need since I use Gmail, which is browser-based.
Media and iPod sync-ing
Rhythmbox will do the trick.
Games would be the only drawback to going all-Linux all of the time. Mind you, I don’t play as many games as I used to. So if I ever start jonesin’ for some gaming, I could always create a small Windows XP partition and dual-boot. I think I’d rather have a Wii anyway.
As soon as a get a home storage solution, I think that’s when I’ll switch. I really can’t find any compelling reasons to keep running Windows.