, I've had good luck with drivers for my peripherals, specifically monitors, cameras, and printers (HP), and a variety of videocards, and since making the switch
last October, I've never had more fun on my computer. My point in this post was what Glyn Moody suggested — if you think Vista's Aero is cool, then check out what's being done freely with open source software (Compiz) on the Linux platform. No one's arguing a switch to GNU/Linux, but just as you're aware of Apple's OS X UI, you can see what's on Linux these days (and that video was more than a year old).
I don't use my computer as a toy, but gawd, I know a lot of my friends do — gaming, social media, and youtube mainly. And their misperceptions about what GNU/Linux is are manifold among confusion with 'distros,' 'multiple desktops' (which saves me from buying that second monitor that so many invest in these days), the nature of open source, and why software must be bad if they're not paying for it. (IMO, DonationCoder.com is not about paying
for software, it's about rewarding good, useful coding.)
I'm like JoTo
: ...eye candy is absolutely useless... I want to work with my pc and so i prefer a fast, informational GUI without any whistles and bells.
So I don't use Compiz because I don't need it. I also don't use Flip3D in Vista. But for users like JoTo
, there are other, streamlined desktop environments like Xfce and Enlightenment that take up a microscopic amount of memory while providing an attractive (better than XP), efficient UI. As more software moves toward RIA, webware, and into the Cloud, you choice of OS is less relevant. All things being equal, GNU/Linux on the desktop is not part of any market, but I will get back all the money I've given companies like Microsoft for the past 22 years over time.
My intent is not to bash Windows, of course; that's a tired, flammable target that I don't have the energy for. I don't want that fight on DC, because I've become agnostic on OS choice. Use what you like, what you enjoy, what works for you. Meanwhile, I will keep posting positive, informative topics on GNU/Linux, and with the help of others, dispel the myths of open source software
and open standards