I have no "religious" ties to any piece of software or "software philosophy." Many think of me as an open source zealot, but I'm not. I think of software as nothing but tools, and I don't care how the hammer is made; it just needs to work for me. In a lot of situations, I tend to think of software as cars in that I like to be able to tinker with its innards, but it's not a make-or-break thing for me. Afterall, on my two desktops, I use Windows and OSX (epitomies of closed source systems); and I have impossibly high expectations. And, yes, I have read Mark Pilgrim's Freedom 0 and When the bough breaks; and yes, I agree with everything he says... to a point... I just want stuff that works – and Windows and OSX have always fulfilled that requirement for me and I have never been bitten by the data lockin problems that Mark has experienced (maybe I just don't generate a lot of locally stored data?).
So anyways, as I was saying, I use Windows on the desktop located in my office. But what I should be saying is "I used to use Windows on the desktop located in my office."
It finally came to the point where I was spending too much time grooming the tool rather than using it to get my stuff done. It was time for it to go, and go it did. I'm typing this post up via Ubuntu.
I'm going to follow this post up with some others such as "What Broke the Window's Back," "Why Ubuntu," "First N Things a New Ubuntu User Should Do," etc. If you are already a Ubuntu user and have any tips or tricks to dish out, please do (for example, how to make it not so ugly).