Would I Ever Switch Back to Windows?

The question that I propose in this title was unthinkable just a few months ago.  Then Microsoft went ahead and announced Bash for Windows.  It’s actually a bit more than just bash.  It’s git, ssh, all my favorite commandline tools, and a lot more.  It’s a server version of Ubuntu 14.04 running on top of windows.  Most of the applications I use are crossplatform.  My IDE’s, all from JetBrains, run on Windows.  Slack, Chrome, Google Hangouts, etc, all work on Windows.  Years ago I switched from Linux to OSX, but then when faced with a dying, toasted laptop, I bought a small, affordable PC and ran Ubuntu on it.  That PC lasted about eighteen months until I replaced it with what I call the Beast.  It’s a 32GB, i7-6700, 900GB of SSD, and an Nvidia GTX 950 powered Ubuntu workstation.  It flies.  It runs Ubuntu great.  I bet it would run Windows great too.

If I moved to Sindows I would have more games and audio options.  I would have a crappy virtual desktop system.  I also don’t know if I could easily keep Apache, MariaDB, or MongoDB instances running as easily as I do in Ubuntu.  But maybe I could.

The thing that would keep me away for sure, is that Windows’ virtual desktop system.  In Ubuntu, I maintain 25 virtual desktops.  That’s pretty impractical (as far as I know) in Windows.  Maybe it will change within the next year.  It’s something I will have to consider more strongly than I ever thought I’d have to consider.

The times, oh, they have changed.

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Image from The Verge.com: http://www.theverge.com/2016/3/30/11331014/microsoft-windows-linux-ubuntu-bash

 

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