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Monday January 07, 2002
02:27 PM

Saying a teary goodbye to linux

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So I finally had to admit that running linux on my laptop at work was actually becoming a productivity issue.

I use my linux desktop for development & ssh'ing into the Sun boxes - no dual boot there. My laptop is primarily used for e-mail and some 'work-from-home' type activities and I've had a dual-boot environment for a while now.. As I think I think I mentioned before, our development ticketing system here is a proprietary Windows app[1]. So that means that I have to re-boot into Windows everytime I need to view tickets assigned to me or add my 2 cents & development notes to a given ticket.

You can imagine how frustrating it is when someone asks me to 'just bring up this ticket and have a look at the analysis notes with me for a second'. So I exit out of Evolution, exit out of Gnome, wait for linux to shutdown, wait for Windows to boot, launch the ticketing app. Phew all that for a 5 second peek at a ticket.

There's more. Living in the corporate asylum means I'm surrounded by excel spreadsheets, word documents etc. Now, Abiword/Gnumeric & Sun's Staroffice do a decent job at trying to display those documents correctly - it's just that they don't display them correctly and that's a shame. In fact I almost missed a very important piece of info on a design document because Abiword left a line out! I only caught it because I asked a co-worker to print me a copy just before going into a meeting. I remember saying "wait a minute, that line is not on the document I read". Of course, it was there all along but Abiword did not display it for some reason.

I played with VMWare so that I could at least try and still use linux. Unfortunately, my corporate laptop is not 'top of the line' and running VMWare is a little resource intensive and running certain apps slowed my laptop to a crawl. Either that, or the windows apps wouldn't run at all(the ticketing app for example).

So last night, while waiting for The X-Files to start, I removed the linux partition. It was a sad event.

Still, I can make the whole windows experience somewhat bearable. Obviously, Mozilla will be the browswer/e-mail client of choice. I'll install Cygwin so I can have a *nix ish environment. And litestep will replace the damn Explorer shell. Actually litestep has some cool themes, my current theme is plastik and there's even a ximian gnome theme that will help make me think that I'm really not running windows.

[1] - As mentioned before, this ticketing system was purchased by some genius with leftover Y2K money. Prior to that a predecessor of mine had written a nice web ticketing system with a MySQL backend, sigh.

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  • Ask your boss for a Sunblade 100 or any of the Ultra machines. You can install a PCI card that has its own CPU (a celeron) and RAM. You can then install and run Windows within Solaris, in its own window.

    I realize Solaris ain't Linux, but it'll save you the hassle of rebooting.