Originally Posted by Bish
More and more (in the Windows environment I've gotten fed up with limits and restrictions and updates and resetting security and preferences
I started dabbling with "personal" computers back in the 70's, but didn't get my first until the mid-80's. Back then, you'd walk into a sophisticated store with about three or four pedestals in the showroom, with computer systems sitting atop. A gentleman in a nice suit would come out and explain to you all the features of his systems. And really, the only options were whether you wanted an 8088 or an 8086 system, 64 kB or 1 MB of memory, and one or two 360 kB floppy disk drives. MS-DOS 3.0 was the only operating system. CP/M was still an option, but I never drove that flavor of computer. Once you made your decision on what to buy, you waited a month for them to build your computer and deliver it to the store. Buying a new computer was more complicated than buying a new MacLaren.
When Windows first came out, it was stupid. It was a stupid shell for stupid people who couldn't figure out MS-DOS. But eventually everyone had to adopt it, and I became the King of Windows. There were more stores to buy computers and software, and you could actually communicate with others if you wife didn't mind you hogging the telephone with a screechy contraption called a modem. And all was good... until that one fateful day back in about 2006...
I was having problems. My computer was acting twitchy. It was a hard drive problem. So I backed up everything to... what did we use back then? Zip drives? Anyway, I backed it up, installed a new drive, and restored the backup. But that's when I started running into all Microsoft's authentication bullshit. Passwords, original disks, online verification... it was a bloody nightmare! But I persevered, and after much sweat and swearing, my system was restored. And all was good... until... my system started acting twitchy again.
Apparently the problem was actually the hard drive CONTROLLER. So once again, I backed up to whatever media you backed up to in those days. I replaced the controller, restored the drive, and then had to go through all... that... authentication crap. My head nearly exploded.
My wife was an avid Apple fangirl since the mid-80's. I asked her, "Mrs. Iron, how old is your computer?"
"Ever have any problems?"
"Nah. I always replace them about this time, as they're just too old."
"And everything always works?"
"F**k Microsoft. Get your things. Take me to this 'Apple Store' of yours and show me what to buy."
That was nearly fifteen years ago. My computers have been reliable, they come equipped with GOOD software, all for free, with free updates until the end of time. And everyone lived happily ever after.
But we're talking about Unbuntu. It runs on several dedicated systems that I use at work. They fire up and do what they're supposed to do with no drama. Some of my systems run Windows. They're just clunky and a chore to work on.