Monday, August 21, 2006

To Linux or not to Linux...

Just got a brand new laptop over the weekend. I've never had one and I've always wanted one, so this is kind of a big deal... plus it caused a gloves-off, relationship-redefining fight with the ladyfriend, so now it will always carry even more significance. Anyhow, I'm thinking about dual-booting it (Windows MCE and some flavor of Linux), but I can't get one question out of my mind:

Why??

Other than the obvious and ever-present geek answer "Because I can!", I'm struggling to come up with one solid reason why I should invest the time, effort and hard drive space. What would Linux allow me to do that I can't do in Windows? Under what circumstances would I choose to boot into Linux rather than Windows? I've had desktop computers since the beginning of time, and I've never felt the need to dual-boot those, so why now? If I install and configure Linux and then never use it, I'm going to curse the time I wasted and long for my hard drive space back.

Please, someone sell me on this. My inner geek wants to do it, but I don't exactly have scads of free time these days.

3 comments:

Toby said...

I only boot into Windows to play games. ymmv:)

Jason said...

If you dual boot, then you're far more likely to scramble your motherboard and I don't need to tell you how many nanobytes it will take to unscramble! LOL!

Beth said...

Baby your embarressing (oops don't think i can spell that one) me with this geeky talk :) Just kidding my little genious - even though i have no clue what you are talking about!!

Me ;)