Windows 10 was the last straw.
I’d stuck with Windows through my career. It worked, so why change? Brief forays into the Linux territory led to a corresponding drop in productivity and I’d scurry back to the “safe” arms of Microsoft.
No more, Windows 10 really was the last straw.
My wonderful Dell laptop, named Beast, was more like Aesop’s lion, limping with a Windows 10 thorn in its paw. So this bank holiday weekend, I switched wholesale to Ubuntu – the user friendly Linux distribution.
Thanks to Wine, a free implementation of Windows on Unix, I’ve installed my key tools: Evernote (my extended brain), 1Password (my password vault) and Notepad++ (my preferred general editor). Thanks to my remote work, cloud based, future of work style, most of my documents are on Dropbox or Google Drive, so we can collaborate on them and share them with clients. For spreadsheets, presentations and documents I tend to use Microsoft Office at home and Google’s app suite at work. My email is all online and my work chat is handled through Skype, Google Hangouts or Appear.in for voice calls, and Pidgin for Slack-style IRC chat, all installed simply and easily through Ubuntu’s software app store.
What’s not worked?
Well, Microsoft Office for a start as it doesn’t play nicely with Linux, even using Wine. Also, Bitdefender, which I now regret shelling out for the family edition to cover our multiple machines and devices. And… that’s it. No doubt there’ll be a minor drop in productivity as I get to grips with things on Tuesday morning but so far (touch wood), so good.
Figuring out if I need any more security, getting a backup schedule sorted out, and learning how to use Linux shortcuts.
Is Ubuntu for you?
For a geek and erstwhile developer, I’m still very much a fan of point and click. Thankfully, Ubuntu makes it easy to ease into the highly productive world of shortcuts. So, yes, if you aren’t a geek but you’d like a more stable operating system, I’d recommend Ubuntu. It’s easy to install – there are step by step guides and all you need to figure out is how to boot from a USB stick. You can have a taste test by running it from a USB stick before committing to a full meal. Best of all, it’s free!