Open Source : I’m a Believer now
Better late than never, I would say. In one of my previous posts, I mentioned how I kept looking for Windows alternatives to open source software, without quite understanding why. Five months later, I am a confirmed Believer in the open source ideology. I’ve mended my ways. And all that is thanks to mainly 2 things:
My company switching to local Linux-based development (Which resulted in me getting an additional Linux box with 22” monitor)
Dominic James Humphries, my saviour, for writing this article which changed my thinking for the better.
And the transformation couldn’t have been more complete… I hardly ever open my Windows box now. Only if absolutely necessary, I connect to it throught VNC. And I’ve started to hate IE…and I’ve started to love Pidgin. I use thunderbird now, even if I can’t connect to my company’s calendar through it. (which I could do through Outlook). I open word docs in OpenOffice. And I open PDFs on Evince… had never heard of it before. I’ve started to believe there isn’t anything in this world as cool as Firefox.
I’ve downloaded a host of open source software for my personal lappy which runs Vista. From TrueCrypt to Gimp, from Celestia to Audacity, from VLC Player to GNU Chess : I have it all on my lappy. Whats more… I’ve set up KDE through Cygwin on Vista !! So much for Vista’s user-friendliness…
Speaking of user-friendliness, try going through a section called ‘The myth of user-friendly’ in the article by Humphries I’ve mentioned above (under point 2). Its bound to open your eyes. (assuming, of course, that they are not already open)