It’s been a while since I played around in Linux, preferring the mindless simplicity that Windows offered me—most of the time. Yeah, I know Windows and simplicity should not be married in a sentence, but you have to grudgingly admit that there aren’t many hoops that you have to jump through for Windows—again, most of the time. Most users prefer that Next-->Next-->Finish routine and like to have things work out of the box natively. That’s the nature of the beast.
|I love workspaces! PRODUCTIVITY!|
Lately, some of my geekier friends had been talking about various things they’ve been doing in Linux that have piqued my interest, but usually I’d end up taking a peek at what they’re doing, leaving it at that and puttering along with good ol’ Windows. Then, I faced a problem with opening Open Office documents in Word at work, and a friend suggested that I boot Linux on my work computer from a flash drive. Brilliant solution and so simple.
It really allows me freedom at work that I wouldn’t normally have. Our ISD crew has us locked down tight. It was only about a week or two ago that I was able to get them to finally update from IE6 on our computers after having to compile a good case about why they should update (with something other than whining that it’s IE6; it’s the small victories).
So, I’ve been tooling around with various distros on my laptop, and I’m starting to realize that I enjoy working in Linux more than I do Windows, even when I do have to open the terminal and get all technical. I’ve found that I’m a Ubuntu woman, and part of this may be bias because I’ve worked with Ubuntu more than other distros in years past. I think it’s very user friendly for users like me.
What kind of user am I? I would say that I’m a seasoned beginner/intermediate user. I understand most of the terminology and how to go about applying it. The things I don’t understand I end up Googling to get clearer explanations. However, some things still a bit complex to me, and I have to do more research to really grasp certain elements.
I’ve moved from booting Ubuntu from a flash drive to dual booting on my personal computer, and I’m thinking that I’d like to completely migrate one day. Many of the programs that I use have Linux versions of their software, and the ones who don’t have been workable due to using Wine. And even if I don’t get everything that I’m used to working with in Ubuntu, I’d be happy with working with it about 80% of the time. Hopefully, this is a viable dream.