Thinking of leaving Apple computers behind…again. Won’t be going to Windows (shudder). Planning on giving Ubuntu another go. Here’s why.
Why I’m Leaving Apple
Short answer: They’ve alienated me.
Here’s the long answer:
Once again I am considering moving away from Apple computers. The reasoning this time has much to do with Apple’s recent announcement to move everything to a cloud. This might work great for those who use only Apple products (iPad, iPhone, etc.). I don’t have an iPhone and am not really interested in getting one. When Apple “upgraded” its calendar to the cloud computing model it totally screwed up my calendar, broke the sync with my blackberry and became a general headache. I had to retrograde my iCal to get things to work. The problem will only be compounded when Apple discontinues their MobileMe service (to which I currently subscribe) in favor of their cloud. As far as I can tell, this will mean Mac users will be forced to switch to the iPad and iPhone in order to sync their personal data with their mobile devices. This is one customer who’s not taking the bate.
Why Not Windows
Short answer: It doesn’t work.
Here’s the long answer:
Today I had the displeasure of spending a great deal of my day on a Windows machine. After several hours of tinkering I still could not get the machine to do what it was supposed to do (correct display of video files, etc.). I used to be a rather die-hard Windows person. I once mocked Apple users…until I actually started using an OS X machine. I began to admire the Apple development model as for what they refused to add as well as for the aesthetic. What really sold me was their ease of use and maintenance. Today I was reminded of how user unfriendly Windows can be.
I just don’t see why people pay money for something wich needs constant maintenance and attention. If I’m going to work that hard to get a machine to do what I want, I sure as spit won’t pay for it.
What I’m Switching To
Short answer: Linux
Before I made the personal switch to Apple, I left Windows in favor of Linux. I used several different distros of Linux, starting with Red Hat, then Fedora, PC Linux OS, Xandros and finaly Ubuntu. Then I was gifted with an iMac and later a MacBook. Now that Apple has pushed me away it’s time to get reacquainted with Linux.
Well, not really reacquainted. Several months ago when Windows finally pushed my wife over the brink she asked me to install Linux on her desktop. Ubuntu came up the winner. We’ve been successfully using that as our home computer ever since. Now that I’m looking at making the switch back I naturally took a look at Ubuntu.
Now, I’ve actually been wrestling with the idea of moving away from Apple for a couple months now. It’s been an internal wrestling match. The primary reason I have not taken the plunge as yet was my use of audio and video software. I use my MacBook to publish documents, make audio recordings, produce video and create slick graphic presentations. Can I really do that with a Linux distro?
Enter Ubuntu Studio. An OpenSource creative suite? I think I just fell in love. Do I expect flawless performance? Nope. But keep in mind, I’m not paying money. I’m willing to endure the learning curve and put a little sweat equity into this.
So, tarar har! Off we go.