Thoughts on Windows, OSX and Linux.
While checking reddit.com/r/apple for some rumours and theories regarding the upcoming World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco,I came across this post.
A standard post for the sub-Reddit and a definite star moment for Apple fans, but it got me thinking about the future of Windows for a user such as myself, and of windows v mac v linux.
Primarily, I stick to Windows on my main desktop because of games. A steam account worth a few thousand £ and a bit of a StarCraft 2 addiction, Windows has a pretty solid place, but Linux comes close to winning that spot. It currently runs my minecraft server (Debian on a ThinkPad x201), with OSX claiming its rightful place as my laptop os of choice.
I still use windows 7 on my main desktop, but I did try Windows 8 for a time, and though it is a bit of old news at this stage I have a couple of thoughts.
Windows 8 is not perfect, and I do like some of the improvements to file transfer windows and task manager, but quite frankly the interface is a joke. I’ve been using windows since 95 was new, and 8 is the only time since then that I have been just lost when the machine first booted up.
I get the tablet metro thing and understand that surface machines are ment to be great (though my Nexus 7 is going nowhere), but for a desktop os 8 is just too much hassle to get simple tasks done. Applications seem hidden from you completely.
Compared to how OSX simply added elements of iOS and kept the vast majority of the interface intact with cosmetic changes, it is just not a competition.
The only other failure of this level (in my opinion) I can find is the progression from Gnome 2.x to Gnome 3 on linux environments. It has its fans, like 8 does, but it has pushed a lot of linux users to KDE, LXDE, XFCE and openbox. I can see 8 doing the same to windows users, and making a macbook the more friendly choice. After WWDC we will see how far Apple continue the convergence of iOS7 and OSX, and if OSX 10.9 is actually unveiled as some rumours have suggested.
Microsoft making their own hardware is going to be very interesting though. If we can get past patent trolling, it is a great time for technology enthusiasts.
I’m quite happy with keeping windows 7 running my gaming life, but once 7 goes the way of XP, I am really not sure if windows will still have such a center stage role in my technological ecosystem.