Last December I published an entry called “My future home open desktop: The resolution” where I talked about the steps I was going to take to have my primary home machine only running GNU/Linux, specifically the Ubuntu distro. Since then I’ve been doing some software substitutions on the Windows desktop such as uninstalling Microsoft Windows and installing OpenOffice.org. (Reminder, this is about my personal home computer configuration and does not represent IBM policy.)
In looking at the applications that I still need on Windows, I see some of the things I need for work as backup to my laptop, and then a few other apps. Since I can run the work applications on Windows XP on the laptop, I don’t have to worry about them on the desktop. As I stated in December, I don’t want to use a Windows emulator such as Wine. Here are some of the apps I use with a high frequency on the Windows box:
- Apple iTunes
- Corel Paint Shop Pro XI
- Adobe Photoshop and Premier Elements
- Second Life
- World of Warcraft (just for virtual worlds research, of course)
Furthermore, I use this machine as family print and file server. I do web development on it, but there use only free or open source tools.
I’ve been coming to the conclusion that I don’t necessarily feel that I need to have just one operating environment in my life, but that I need to have some that have cool applications, great communities behind them, demonstrate real innovation, and stretch my computing experiences in new and positive ways.
I am now 99% of the way in settling on a new strategy: buy a Mac desktop, purge Windows from my home machine, and have that old machine only running Ubuntu. I’ll let you know if I get past that final 1%. In the meanwhile, comments are welcome.