I’m Not Anti-Microsoft, Am I?

I was chatting with an acquaintance from the “wiki”:http://www.hrwiki.org tonight and he said something in passing about me being against Microsoft. From my website he saw that I’m not fond of IE, and assumed (understandably so) that I must be equally opposed to all things Microsoft. I suppose I should set the record straight.

Honestly, IE is one of the only things about Microsoft I don’t like. I tried “OpenOffice”:http://www.openoffice.org once, but it seems to hog resources and it lacks the robustness of Microsoft Office (though I did like the “Save to PDF” option). Office just works, and it works well. I might be persuaded to try OpenOffice again when they’ve banged some of the kinks out, but right now I’m perfectly happy with Office.

I’m a huge fan of Windows XP, and I’m looking forward expectantly to Longhorn (though I’m not happy about the integrated browser bit). XP is a stable (albeit insecure) operating system, and it has a lot of great features. I’ve honestly considered a switch to Macintosh ever since they moved over to a Unix-based core, but I would have to replace all my hardware, and everyone knows Mac hardware isn’t cheap. I’ve tried a few different flavors of Linux before, but none of them has seemed as put-together as Windows. They all remind me of Frankenstein’s monster. I’ll hopefully be getting a laptop in the next couple months, and I am planning to partition my drive for Linux (if anyone can recommend a good flavor, please comment). Even so, I’m sure I’ll keep XP as my primary OS.

So, there you have it. Yes, I’m vehemently against IE. Microsoft is certainly not without it’s flaws, but they do make a number of good products and they deserve recognition for that. In fact, they haven’t been entirely without merit in the browser world. It was because of better standards support (circa 1999) that IE won the browser wars in the first place.

My final point is this: please don’t assume for a second that I use Firefox because of some preconceived distrust or hatred toward Microsoft. The last thing I want is for anyone to walk away from my site thinking Firefox is for people who hate Microsoft. I use Firefox for one reason and one reason only. *It’s simply a better browser*.

8 thoughts on “I’m Not Anti-Microsoft, Am I?

  1. I am the acquaintance mentioned above. Let me just say that in my experience people have been violently for or against Microsoft. I used to carpool with a guy whose employer uses unix/oracle for their website, while mine uses windows/sql server. When I mentioned this one day, the rest of the 30-minute drive was a long rant on his part about how badly Microsoft “sucks.” So, I apologize, Joey, for jumping to conclusions. It’s nice to know someone who can honestly see the good and bad in the both sides of the tech wars.

  2. I’ll hopefully be getting a laptop in the next couple months, and I am planning to partition my drive for Linux (if anyone can recommend a good flavor, please comment)

    I’ve actually been asking myself the same question recently, and one answer that I found over at the linuxquestions.org wiki was this:

    Use the distribution that the Linux guru next door uses, so if you have any problems you can ask him or her for help

    Sounds like pretty good advice to me. I’m aware that I know very little about Linux, and I sure wish there was someone next door who did.

  3. bq. Use the distribution that the Linux guru next door uses, so if you have any problems you can ask him or her for help

    That works. Unless your Linux Guru uses Gentoo, or some equaly advanced distro.

    The reason linux feels so unintegrated is because it is. It’s modulated so yu can have whatever you want in and everything else gone. If you would like to use a Linux distro that feels “Complete” try out “Lycoris”:http://www.lycoris.com. You can get a free download @ http://www.lycoris.org/download.php?op=viewsdownload&sid=1

    My personal picks are Debian or Gentoo because of the sheer power and speed you gain, but I can’t say I’d recomend them to anyone new to Linux. ;-)

  4. I’ve been out of the linux loop for a year or so now (I last had Redhat 9), but I have a friend who swears by Suse. It is hard to get a hold of it though. To encourage you to buy it, they only have 56k connection to download it for free.

  5. Yeah, I’ve also heard Suse is one of the best for new Linux users. My dad actually bought a distribution a couple years back (something like 8 or 9 CDs!). By now I’m sure the version is outdated, but the CS department at the U has Suse available for download from their servers, so that’s probably where I’ll get it.

  6. My next laptop will be an Apple MAC with OS/X 10. This will give me the best of both worlds. Linux Apps now run on the OS and the speed of the MAC is great, PLUS MS Office is now fully available for the MAC. Talk about a great combination!

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