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Getting back to windows 7 from ubuntu 12.04 – The good, the bad and, the ugly.
I just started working as a developer in a windows phone dev. team. The first consequence of this is getting back to windows. After spending nearly four years on ubuntu without dual booting windows, I had to shift back to Windows 7 as my primary OS. Its been more than two weeks, so I can share my experiences and observations so far:
- Better application support
Starting from note taking application Evernote to backup and folder syncronization applications such as google drive and windows skydrive, their presence on windows is definitely a positive thing. Even though I primarily use command line for git, the client provided by github covers some basic actions.
- Folder/Files search
I am impressed with the default search provided by windows through GUI.
- Better battery life
Ubuntu sucks the battery out of my thinkpad. Even with applications like Powertop to extend battery life, windows win on this point.
- A little better wifi support
I don’t have any complaints with the wifi support on newer Ubuntu versions but some wifi activities such as detecting new network and reconnecting work more seamlessly on windows
Lots of people using ubuntu have not shifted to unity, but I am a huge fan of unity and with the heads up display support, I never need to lift my hands off keyboard to click on any menu item..
- Multi pane in files explorer
It is interesting to see that a tiny feature provided by nautilus of opening extra pane (shortcut: F3) can make your life so much easier. I wish somebody writes that for windows too.
And, the Ugly
- Command line aka Terminal
Even after trying hard to avoid command line on windows to do anything, every now and then I find myself on command line (either for using some advanced feature of git or some other thing). And then, I couldn’t do anything except wondering why microsoft can not atleast attempt to provide better command line support (Powershell is equally bad)