I don't miss Windows :)

Title says it all!

Its been quite a while without Windows for me. Partly due to an installation error and mainly due to the fact that I don't miss it! I just don't want to go out of my way to install it. Why is the question? I am doing almost everything I did in Windows and more in Ubuntu. Only exception is gaming. I do miss gaming, but wheres the time anyway. After office hours and reading up stuff (online and offline) leaves me very little time for games.

So lets see my activities one by one:

Music

My music collection is more playable and rather delectable now by using Amarok. A huge jump from the days of winamp and then QCD (QCD is excellent though when coupled with iZotope Ozone plugin.) Amarok really deserves all the gushing and more. It really deserves a post on its own. Native last.fm integration and kickass library are the highpoints for me.

Movies

VLC for everything! Had to take some effort to install libdvdcss to watch encrypted DVDs though.

Internet

I download a lot. utorrent was my windows torrent client for a long time and even in Ubuntu, I used utorrent through wine. Switched to Deluge for a while. Now using Azureus. Will switch to Transmission, the default client for the upcoming Ubuntu release if it supports packet encryption (so that it works with Asianet).
I kinda love using Thunderbird as a mail client. Senting mail using gmail with images inside the mail. Something I miss in the web client. And hail Google for the imap facility!
Firefox is the king when it comes to browsing. A sloth nowadays though! Hopefully the next release will fix it. Ubuntu also allows me to install Firefox addons from the add/remove software list. So cool!
Pidgin as the instant messenger. Some easy hacks and all the yahoo smileys as well!
Miro as the Internet TV. Check it out. Its pretty cool!

Other Apps

  • GIMP for a little image manipulation. I miss SnagIT though. Workplace habit I guess.
  • Picasa handles my photo management
  • K3B for DVD writing
  • Freemind for brainstorming
  • Comix for reading comics
  • Buoh online comics reader for the latest comic strips from the web (really cool app!)
  • OpenOffice for the documentation. (Trust me. The version 2.3 is several leaps forward from the older versions)
The Star Attraction

The wonderful package management which helps me to seamlessly download these apps without a trip to the individual websites.

Last but not least, no virus and malicious attacks! :-)

And oh yeah, theres always VMWare to run Windows within Ubuntu if required. (Tried, tested, and certified!)

Will I ever go to Windows apart from at work? Surely after I buy my next system with a kickass graphics card. Got some games to play! But for other stuff? No, fucking way!

Disclosure: I am a member of the Ubuntu Documentation Team. These views and my membership are strict reflections of my liking. :-)

P.S: Didn't intentionally hyperlink the various products. Too much of a hassle! Google is your friend! ;-)

7 comments:

sriram haribabu said...

hello , thanks for your comments on the blog ....but really do u think i am just messing around ..he he then u got it wrong buddy...i have watched the movie a long ago and also done my researching for mac and vista...so with solid evidence only i have claimed what i wrote...then for the jodha akbar comment if u didnt see the link i have given for the whole thing then sorry its not my mistake...i have now changed the color too ...so u can check which one is a link and which one is not....

Rockus said...

@sriram

Riiite!

Editing the post to the put the link eh?

Very non-messy! ;-)

I know what I saw and I stick by it. I don't think I made a mistake and I showed the same to other people, so that it could be verified. I hoped that you would properly link the original guy (there are some standard ways to do it buddy, look around!) instead of going for an escapist route.

About your claims in the Apple/Vista thing, I got only one thing to say. You are not completely wrong or right. You need to research more and analyse (and write!) things objectively than from the perspective of a Microsoft fanboy.

sriram haribabu said...

oh gr8. thanks a lot. whatever..u r the greatest..i am not crossing swords...but may i ask u to please leave me alone!??!

PS : u want the review changed rite ...i will do it as soon as possible....

sriram haribabu said...

and by the way ...i wanted to tell u i am a great !@$SFASD12 FAN OF MICROSOFT AS WELL AS APPLE.. i hate the linux community though since they are blabbering about their OS over performing others available ...lemme point out that none of the other OS or its supports go on blabbering like this ....i have used almost all distributions of linux available and also got Red Hat Certification and Linux Administration Certificate...i just wanted u to know i am not only a Microsoft Fan boy ..i am a Apple lover too....and as an computer science engineer i have Mr.Gates and Mr.Jobs as my role models....kindly let me live in peace as i dont want any fight on the topic WIN VS MAC VS LIN.

Thanks A lot...Learned many things ..

Rockus said...

@sriram

Point taken...I pointed about the plagiarism gud to hear that you have remedied it.

As a computer science engineer Steve Jobs and Bill Gates shouldn't be your role models. They are shrewd business man and not technologists. If you are a business guy sure they are role models. Check their real credentials and open your eyes for gods sake.

sriram haribabu said...

Common ...please....if u dont like,its no problem with me..every computer science engineer in our country is not planning to keep on coding till the end of his life...i will code till my company finds me talented and puts me as some head ...a head is someone who has the ability to manage to motivate the subs... management and motivation u will have to learn from steve if u have seen his keynotes at macworlds there are a whole lot of FANS for his presentation skill..then for bill gates if u dont know abt him please do some searching .. he was a programming kido..he did a assembler, compiler and an OS (not DOS)... then when he found himself in middle of many interesting followers he took the responsibility of leading the team but still he was coding .. the first windows had bill written codes too..the GUI was on his mind after what he saw on LISA and MAC from apple ... (when no one else saw other than apple employees )..he came back to his company created a similar gui with mouse for his OS ....i think u have got the idea....please do some searching dont search with linux on your mind ...love the technology and not someones ideology..and i dont think i have to explain everything to someone rite..so bye tc...

Rockus said...

@sriram

MS licensed the Apple's GUI which was in turn hoodwinked by Apple from Xerox.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Computer%2C_Inc._v._Microsoft_Corporation

Long and winding dispute.

Anyway, Bill Gates didnt quite write the code for the GUI. He is not a genius programmer. Steve Jobs never was a programmer anyway.

You don't have to explain anything to me if you don't want to. I dont search things with Linux in mind. I search with getting information in mind.

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