Is Windows A Necessary Evil?

October 19th, 2005 | by Mike |


So I’ve pretty much decided that I will be taking the plunge and buying one of the new G5 iMacs when they hit stores here in St. Louis on October 25. Rest assured I will give a full review in a week once I’ve set it up and gotten a chance to play with it a bit. I realize the fact that I’m buying a new computer is not news-worthy, but I think the problem I’m having might be worth a read. The question I have been turning over in my head the past few days is: Should I have at least one Windows machine?

In my current home networking setup, I have: 1 iBook, 1 Windows XP machine, 1 Linux server. When I get my shiny new iMac, my plan was to bump the XP machine to another (faster) Linux server, and move my media files off the older computer to the faster Linux server and then use the older Linux server as a web / asterisk / whatever server. After the initial euphoria of the thought of living in a Windows free house, I got a little worried that I might, at some point need a Windows server. What if I can’t open some a file or a friend’s hard drive? What if I need to run a program that is only on Windows? …etc. Do I really need at least one Windows box or am I just nervous about that annoying yet comfortably easy to use Windows box not being around for the first time in 10 years?

What do you think? If I got with a *nix (fedora and OS X) based world at home (I still have to use Windows at the office), will I be a fool or finally liberating myself? Please, do try to keep the” Windows sux” comments to a minimum, I know it sucks, but the majority of the computing world runs on it, so will I be screwing myself by taking it away?

  1. 4 Responses to “Is Windows A Necessary Evil?”

  2. By joe on Oct 20, 2005 | Reply

    One thing that I found that I still need my old windows lappy around for is my xbox crap, seeing how my mac just doesn’t seem to ftp right no matter how many times I setup the ftp programs to what I think should be right. All in all though, I fire that machine up every 2 months or so

  3. By joe on Oct 20, 2005 | Reply

    One thing that I found that I still need my old windows lappy around for is my xbox crap, seeing how my mac just doesn’t seem to ftp right no matter how many times I setup the ftp programs to what I think should be right. All in all though, I fire that machine up every 2 months or so

  4. By Mike on Oct 20, 2005 | Reply

    Thats odd, I’ve FTPed into my xbox several times with my iBook and I’ve never had any problems. What FTP app are you using? I love cyberduck. Its free, and it works.

  5. By Mike on Oct 20, 2005 | Reply

    Thats odd, I’ve FTPed into my xbox several times with my iBook and I’ve never had any problems. What FTP app are you using? I love cyberduck. Its free, and it works.

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