Monday, August 23, 2010

What would persuade you to ditch Ubuntu for Windows?

I've been recently reading this article, on Zack Whittaker's “iGeneration” blog, about what could persuade an user to abandon Windows and switch to Ubuntu. I had in my own already answered the question years ago since I'm already a Linux and Ubuntu user.

While reading the article it came to my mind the, in some way provocative, idea of reversing the question: what would persuade me to ditch Ubuntu and go back to Windows? What could Microsoft do to gain back users that their operating systems for Linux?

First a little premise, I know that most of us still have Windows installed in a dual boot configuration so the question should be, more precisely, What would persuade you to use windows as your primary operating system. By the way I don't think this changes a lot the global meaning of what I'm asking.

Let me say I can Imagine a lot of things that could make Windows more attractive from my point of view: Making it Open source, free at least for personal use, removing the useless and annoying registration process or stopping distributing crippled (home, personal, starter) versions. I doubt Microsoft would ever listen to me. Anyway even with such radical changes, that would make Windows more similar to Linux (or BSD to be exact) I wouldn't go back to Windows simply because Linux already has all these features.

At last the only reason that would return me to Windows would be having no other choice. For example, if I had to use some sort of life-saving application or hardware only available for Windows (OK I admit the therm life-saving is a little too dramatic). Must be noted that the better hardware and software support that Windows has is more a lack of merit by hardware and software producers than a Microsoft merit.

May be that I have very little imagination or I'm very close minded about Windows (or perhaps both). May be that the real strength of Linux is that once you start using it, after the initial difficulties, you aren't willing to go back fro no reason.

So let me know ... What would persuade you to ditch Ubuntu for Windows?

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