Life after Windows, One Month and Four Days

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Ok, blog titles like this will not be sustainable, though I’ll mark the passage of time somehow. I haven’t used Microsoft Windows in any way since March 11, though it’s interesting to watch various people fight to save Windows XP. Then there’s the whole fuss Gartner raised about how Windows is collapsing under its own weight. Not an issue in my house, not anymore.

When Ubuntu 8.04 comes out I plan to go into the Windows partition and delete 10 or 20 Gb of files so I can repartition and play with the new distro in a triple boot situation. I only do that sort of thing when I know I don’t have to travel with the machine for three or four days.

I never do electrical, plumbing, or operating system work within 24 hours of going on a trip.

This is a vacation week for me, which means I am only taking one business trip in the middle of it. I’m heading out this afternoon to San Jose, California, to speak at an intellectual property conference tomorrow, and then home on a red-eye tomorrow night. Weather permitting, I plan to spend Friday through Sunday working outdoors. The weather here will be gorgeous through Friday, and I’ll cross my fingers that the rain will hold off until at least late Sunday.

We were to do an additional college visit this week but my daughter Katie finalized her choice of university, so we saved some additional vacation days at home. My son is thrilled that he won’t have to visit one more school, and we have five or six years before it is his turn.


  1. > Ok, blog titles like this will not be sustainable

    That’s why it’s better to post when you seek advice.

    Glad to see things working out like this. It gets much easier as time goes by, until you’re immersed — so to speak — in the new environment, completely oblivious of ‘that other world’ of unnecessary knowledge (how to unclog a registry, what program does x, when to renew and pay for AV subscriptions, etc).

  2. Roy,

    IBM said that Linux is the successor to OS/2. We’re all making the transition just fine.

    IBM and partners are also manufacturing and marketing the new generation of Personal Computer, the Open Referent .

    What the competition is doing with 600 million Windows boxes on the public Internet, well, that’s their business.

    If you want IBM Service, you have to pay IBM prices (or work for IBM, then you get the service at no charge whether you like it or not, but you have to do Palmisano’s bidding whenever he asks, which is 110% of the time).

    It’s all a little confusing. Clearly Microsoft should find a rich oil sheik and sell off the Windows and Office franchises for about a trillion dollars. If they did that, they would be ‘free and clear’ to go buy Yahoo! and be a formidable competitor in the new “Web 2.0” world.

    But will they take the advice ? Maybe they’re reading Bob’s blog. Let’s see.

  3. Sorry to turn this into a personal questions turf, Chris, but just to verify, are you associated with IBM?

    Regarding Open Referent, I saw a promising press release about it recently. I hope it takes off.

  4. Yes, Roy, I work for IBM. You’ll find me here and here .

    The thing runs fine ; but you have to really want to get it to fly, to work hard at it.

    I think of the BlueGene as a laser, and a Personal Computer as a candle. You can get light out of either, but it’s a different kind of light, and the way you go about it is different. But until someone invests in developing commercial software for the BlueGene, the only thing anyone will have for it is open-source software.

    Next stage may be where we run ‘web-scale applications’ on it. Amazon Web Services in a box, perhaps.

    OS/2 was ‘a faithful wife who raised the children well but got deserted for a younger woman’. Microsoft deserted her for Windows; IBM deserted her for Linux. Jumped into lifeboats at opposite ends of the sinking ship.

    OS/2 is still in business, like a pub under new management, here . Not from IBM. The market for it is steady, if slow.

    How could it be different ?

    Get your Symphony here .

    And invite a friend .

  5. Symphony is still proprietary (ish, IANAL). I hope that IBM will find a way to escape those proprietary roots.

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