Wraith (wraithtdk) wrote,

Of linux and SAAS

On April 8, 2013, Microsoft will end support for Windows XP. That means no more security patches,no more bug fixes, etc. Now, just to be clear, I don’t blame them for doing this. XP was released in 2001, and ceased production in 2007. They can’t keep supporting it forever. I get that.

That being said, my craptastic laptop still runs XP. I can’t afford to replace it, and while I've gotten used to being behind the times, I can’t accept using an OS that’s no longer supported. As those of you who follow my micro-blogs/social media know, my solution is to install Linux on it if at all possible. Right now, I’m preparing myself to make the change over. As much as possible, whenever I use my laptop, I am using SAAS. I’m using Google’s ecosystem as much as possible - Google apps instead of Microsoft Office, Gmail instead of Outlook, etc. I’m even using Evernote over One Note. The idea is that if I get used to these things now, I can still switch pull the local app as needed; and eventually I’ll get used to them. This way, when I install Linux, I continue using these apps. That’s the nice thing about web-based software: it’s almost entirely platform-agnostic. So long as you can install a decent browser, you can use them.
Honestly, it’s not that bad. I still greatly prefer the the Microsoft eco system. Particularly if I’m trying to create something fancy; such as a professional looking presentation. Google Writer simply doesn't touch Microsoft Word if you’re working with a document that that includes pictures, stylized text etc. And Evernote...Evernote is nice. I really like it. But next to One Note, well, anyone remember Microsoft Works? The watered-down budget version of office that used to come with computers? Evernote feels like the Works version of One Note.
All that being said, there’s no debating the fact that Google docs are much leaner and more streamlined. Having Outlook, Word, One Note and Excel open on my laptop was quite frustrating (works like a dream on my desktop, though!), but I see no slow down on my laptop.The most common things I do are covered nicely. And, of course, it all integrates quite beautifully with my Android phone and tablet. All in all, I don’t think this will be so bad. And it’ll be cool to really learn a new (well, new for me, I've only played with Linux a couple of times) OS. I do look forward to the day, however, when I have the money I need to move up to Microsoft’s ecosystem (new Windows laptop, Windows Phone, Surface tablet).

Tags: computers, google, linux, microsoft, office, saas, windows
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