March 26, 2009 6 Comments
A couple of days ago I received a new laptop, and it came with Windows (Vista). I thought I’d give it a try (haven’t touched Vista at all so far). This Windows thingy came preinstalled on this laptop, so I was thinking I could jump right into it. Wrong. Of course, I had to go through the usual post-installation procedure. Ok, no problem, just enter name, password and go. Wrong. I had to click a million times on some button to confirm or deny installations of several crapwares (no), a couple of ‘do you want to register?’ (no!), some ‘please activate!’ (nooo!), accept a hundred EULAs (ok, if I don’t I can’t get into, so, hrmpf, yes). All in all, it surely took me 20 minutes to get into the OS. And it continued to not impress me. They (MS) seem to have the leading principle of getting in the way of the user. Stupid confirmation boxes around every corner. I quickly decided to remove that stupid OS that treats me either like a criminal or like an idiot, or both.
On the positive side, doing all the installation of Ubuntu was much less fuzz than go through the Windows post installation only. Click, click, click, wait 20 minutes, ready. And in the end I have all the important stuff on my computer. I can’t even imagine how painful it would be to get all the important applications and drivers on Windows (find, download, install, confirm gazillion boxes, reboot, repeat ad infinitum – *shudder*).