Proffie Galore sends in this Friday Thirsty about operating systems. An IT Thirsty might be a first and I'm hesitant to try it. But, how can I resist Proffie Galore? Why would I want to?
-- Beaker Ben
You probably heard that Microsoft this week stopped supporting (i.e., sending patches and security updates for) both Windows XP and Office 2003. Seems these programs were poorly designed with regard to planned obsolescence. Way too stable, with way too many satisfied customers. I was one of them.
I dislike the newer versions my college has forced on me at work. And even if I wanted to upgrade at home, my present computer wouldn't have the capacity required; I'd have to buy a new computer and add perfectly functional e-waste to the unconscionable stream produced by my first-world culture.
So I have decided to switch to Linux Mint Petra with Cinnamon Desktop and LibreOffice, even though until two hours ago, the only word I understood in that phrase was Linux. Apparently this current version of Linux is very user-friendly and will run just fine on an older PC that ran Windows XP. You can even set up a dual boot with Windows XP so you can keep your old programs for a while and ease the transition to Linux-based software. And it comes pre-loaded with LibreOffice, the successor to Open Office. All free and nearly malware-immune.
What's your operating system? If you use XP, what are your plans? If you use Linux and LibreOffice, have you had any problems with compatibility trading documents with colleagues or deanfolk? Any tips about making the transition from Gatesware?
If you're a smug Apple user, feel free to smirk.