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Thinking about Linux
15 February 2016
Posted in Linux

Windows has never been my operating system of choice, and actually it still isn't...

Even before everyone started using Windows 3.1, I was using Deskview/QEMM instead for my timeslicing (we had no multi-tasking back then because PCs only had 1 CPU with 1 core). At the time people started using Windows 3.xx (I still don't see how that ever got so popular because it was just a shell over DOS), I started using IBM's OS/2, which I used for a decade. People around me started using Windows 95, 98, and the only way I got in contact with them was on my work. At home I was very content with my OS/2 system that ran far more stable AND faster.

But sadly, time goes by and hardware got better. During that time, IBM had lost the battle for the leading operating system by far already (in favor of Windows 95) and abandoned OS/2 all together, but I still managed to keep using OS/2. That was until I made a PC around 2002 and the hardware was so 'revolutionar' that OS/2 couldn't even install itself anymore  It was a good thing that at that time I was already experimenting with Windows 95 for half a year (in dual-boot), and my first PC running Windows as main OS was born

During that half year that I ran both OS/2 and Windows 95, I did a lot of performance test between the two. I made a couple of simple programs that only increased a counter by 1 for a minute and displayed the result afterward (both in DOS box and native compiled for OS/2 and Windows). In all cases OS/2 was by far superior (up to 150% faster in a DOS box ). I also had a couple of games for both OS/2 and Windows (SimCity 2000 and Galactic Civilization are 2 I still remember), and in all cases, the AI responded faster under OS/2 and the display performance was better under OS/2 as well...

From 2002 till now I've ran XP, Vista (which I had pre-installed on my first and only pre-build PC and downgraded immediately to XP ) and 7. And though XP and 7 are very stable, I never really was content with Windows as operating system. I kept looking around for alternatives, and frankly the only alternative is Linux (nope, I don't count Apple OSX as a viable alternative for PCs).

Only recently I tried Windows 10 on my ASUS EEE netbook and much like Windows 8(.1), I don't like it's look and feel a bit. It looks like Mikcey$oft has lost track of what a PC actually is and starts to mix it with tablets, consoles and phones (certainly Windows 10 does that). Fuck off guys! I have a PC and I want it treated like that, and not some sort of 'multiple-choice operating system' that has all of those platforms installed and thus takes yet more overhead to keep running! If I want to use a tablet I'll get one (I don't have one BTW), if I want a console I'll power up my PlayStation 3, and if I want a phone I'll use my Android phone!
Not to mention PRIVACY. I've turned off ALL tracking in Windows 10 and still it tells me that it will send BASIC INFORMATION to Mickey$oft (which according to their EULA they are allowed to publicly publich in they feel like it). I don't want that and I also want to know what Mickey$oft calls BASIC INFORMATION, but noooo.... Mickey$oft is not telling that and thus can send ANYTHING it wants to their servers aside from what I've turned off...

It's a good thing that about half a year ago I made a new PC for my parents in-law and they gave me their old one in return. I installed Linux (Ubuntu 14.04.2) on it to use it later on and learn to use Linux. And by learning Linux I mean more than click on the graphical UI (everyone can do that...). I want to leanr how to use it's command prompt, how it's file system and directory structure works, and such things. I JUST WANT TO MASTER LINUX! And an old PC like that is the perfect way to get started on it.
And while not in a hurry to master Linux, I do want to try to have enough knowledge of it so that I can use it in dual-boot on my main PC by the end of the year. By that time I also hope that Unity3D has finally made it's engine native for Linux. Though that's not a hard demand for me to switch to Linux (I heard Unity3D runs perfectly under WINE), having it native in Linux would make things very easy for me...


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