I’m an old timer I guess; I’m becoming wiser, or maybe just plain old. Looking around everything seems to be heading towards SaS, the cloud or whatever you wish to call it. When Windows Vista launched my head spun around a little bit and for the first time I gave OS X a home in our home. Many things have changed for the better or the worst and somehow I find my wife sitting in front of a bare metal Ubuntu desktop client today. I can’t be happier! First of all, before someone rushes to tell me I just picked the wrong distro… it is my free choice so please save yourself the time
I do not hate platforms, not I have favoritism towards one or the other. Operating systems are tools that enables one to get things done; that’s how I see it and that’s the bottom line. Anyways, this ancient PC refuses to die, hence I refuse to get rid of it; a Shuttle SG33G5 that is. The poor little machine has served us for years and I see no reasons to replace it if it keeps getting the job done. Time has come to replace the OS that has driven it for the last four years (Mac OS X) so I went out ‘shopping’ and…
At home, my wife and I we share computers, laptops and all the gadgets we own; except our personal phones. So, replacing an OS is a conversation that merits to be shared over dinner. Surprisingly, I didn’t get too many orders from that one who must be obeyed (my wife); the demands were clear and simple: “No Windows 10 (which is not even out yet), no Windows 8 and preferably no Windows at all”. I was momentarily shocked, honestly, because “Windows” is what’s common for non-technical people (aka my wife) and an old version of Mac OS X is what the machine was running at the time. No problem! – I said. Our services at home have ran in Linux boxes for the most part; that includes our music, videos, movies, pictures and everything else… you get the idea. We do not follow the SaS trend provided by big companies not we are exited about it. We have our own ownCloud, mailserver, subsonic box, Plex server and disposables VMs sitting in a small rack in the den (mostly for my personal use); we do not play games in our computers and maybe, just maybe, it is time to spin a Ubuntu box for my wife… after all she has never worked in a Linux desktop before.
The perfect excuse at the perfect time – what else can I ask for? Browsed straight to the most bloated (as some call it) GNU/Linux distro there is; Ubuntu Desktop 14.04 LTS, fought a little bit with the installation because of this old video card (Nvidia 9800GT) and I had a fully functional desktop for my wife to test drive without Amazon’s searches the very next day.
Oh boy that she likes! No questions asked other than “…this is not Windows right? because if it is Windows I don’t want to sit in that machine, period.” – No, it isn’t Windows, I replied. Well, she found what she was looking for, her email, her files and everything else she is used to work with. “I like it – it is fast and sexy” – that’s the last she said before pushing me aside to have a good time in her new OS – despicable
Case in point, my wife didn’t bother to ask what OS that was as long as I made clear to her it wasn’t Windows because for reasons only she knows she “hates it”, literally. She felt comfortable in it even being a first time user in an environment that may have sound scary if I had mentioned the word “Linux” because all she is seen from our Linux services are Terminals (my bad). While Unity is not what I prefer for myself it definitely seems to work for my wife.
It is an invisible reality; Linux is not only prominent in almost everything that requires good software (think about switches, routers, phones, supercomputers, access points, you name it and it runs Linux) but many people don’t know it and their perception about Linux is a terminal window and a bunch of commands that they don’t understand nor they have the time to learn. Indeed, Linux may not be for everybody but it certainly is much more than what regular users can see on the naked eye.