and, a screenshot of the similar set of applications in Windows 7:
A constant battle that plays out everyday in my mind - to use Ubuntu or Windows as my primary development box
I use both interchangeably in my dual boot laptop, most of my work related files is kept in a shared partition, this way I can use either Ubuntu or Windows any time. I could use a virtual machine hosting Windows or Ubuntu but I don't like the idea of allocating a good chunk of resources to run a Virtual machine in my "not a high end" laptop.
I will continue to use both for the foreseeable future, the following is just an attempt to list down the specific reasons why I like/hate Ubuntu and Windows and prevents me from sticking to one or the other:
What do I really love about Ubuntu:
- The super clean desktop, once I have changed the default Ubuntu look by adjusting the DPI settings using this article(https://wiki.ubuntu.com/X/Troubleshooting/HugeFonts) and changed the theme to Murrina Gilouche(http://gnome-look.org/content/show.php/MurrinaGilouche?content=44510)
- Terminal - For controlling the small scripts that I have - to start subversion, confluence, bamboo, run maven scripts
- Package Management tools - Synaptic, aptitude and apt-get make software install a cinch.
What do I really hate about Ubuntu:
- Lack of a good pdf reader plugin support in Google Chrome/Firefox. I know Adobe provides a pdf reader for Linux but it does not work well with Google Chrome/Firefox
- Lack of ITunes port for Linux. Yes there is Rhythmbox, but it does not for some reason synch my iPod Nano.
- Picasa - I know a port using Wine is available, but I would have preferred a native version.
- Flash experience is buggy - It works but there are bugs - for eg, I have issues in watching videos in full screen mode at TED, if I go into a fullscreen mode there are times when I hear the sound but no window.
- Java applications like Netbeans, JEdit with default look and feel(typically Metal) look very bad in Ubuntu, if the L&F is changed to GTK then it is passable.
- Hibernate and Resume is very slow(order of minutes) in Ubuntu.
What do I really love about Windows:
- Default Windows Aero based desktop is very clean and I like the new taskbar in Windows 7
- Flash, Pdf Reader(and plugin!), Itunes, Picasa work well on Windows
- Office suite - some of my work related documents does not open up correctly using Open office, and there is no equivalent of Visio in Open office.
- Very fast Hibernate and Resume
What do I really hate about Windows:
- The command shell and Powershell are not as good and intuitive as the Linux terminal(tab completion, color support etc). Yes there is Cygwin, but I do have problems in some applications related to the different way paths are handled(forward vs backward slash and the default "Program Files" space resolution)