Besides dual-booting for the occasional game, I use Linux exclusively at home and work. Every once in a while I’m forced to try and get some real work done in Windows XP. I don’t see how anyone can stand it. Here are a few of the things I can’t stand when working in Windows:
- No virtual desktops/workspaces. This is a deal breaker for me. I like keeping my application windows tidy and well organized. This is impossible on Windows where they’re all forced onto a single desktop and eventually my taskbar becomes an unusable mess of 3 word titles.
- No built-in SSH support. I love PuTTY and WinSCP, but I hate having to download those 2 programs just to get part of the functionality built into Linux. In Gnome I can mount remote filesystems via SSH and work directly off of the remote computer with most Gnome applications.
No Synaptic. Packages have spoiled me. Installing software in Windows is a chore compared to the simple 3 step process of using Synaptic: 1. Open Synaptic, 2. Select package to install, 3. Click Apply. Using apt-get is even faster, and Ubuntu’s Add/Remove Programs makes things even easier.
Speaking of Add/Remove Programs, has anyone ever added programs using the Windows control panel applet? I guess it can add Windows applications, but the name is still misleading.
Ctrl-alt-del to login. You really need to watch the whole video.
No virtual consoles. Not a huge issue really, but it sure would make living without workspaces easier.
Notepad. After 15 years Microsoft’s default text editor still can’t do the simplest things like handle Unix/Mac line endings.
Manually installing drivers. Besides having to manually install proprietary video drivers, I haven’t had to touch a driver in Linux in years. Granted installing drivers in Linux can be much more difficult than Windows due to hardware vendors focusing their support on the dominant OS. However doing a fresh Windows XP install always requires me digging out driver CDs or poking around support web sites trying to find the right drivers. What a pain.
Windows Update. It should be illegal to update an operating system via a web browser. This is so counter-intuitive I don’t feel like I need to point out my issues with it. In fact, I hear in Vista they’ve done away with using Internet Explorer to run Windows Update.
Drive letters and backslashes.Â I wonder what possessed the original DOS developers to use a backslash as a path separator…Â The forward slash is right there by my pinky, begging to be used.
Note: I have very little experience with Vista, so maybe some of these points have been addressed. I’m sure all of these points can be addressed through 3rd party applications, but I really don’t want to waste time sorting through volumes of malware just to find the few good apps needed to make Windows work well.