Goodbye 2008. Goodbye Apple.
Anyone who knows me well knows that I have a bit of a thing for Macs. Over the years I’ve convinced dozens of people to make the switch from the gloomy, grey world of Windows to the bright and cheery world of OSX. So it may come as a bit of a shock when I tell you that I’m no longer a Mac user. I’m typing this very post on my new laptop and there’s not an Apple logo in sight. And I love it.
But don’t fret – I’ve not defected to Microsoft. Instead, as the result of my daughter murdering my 4 month old MacBook, I decided to try a switch to Ubuntu – a rather tasty version of Linux. And I’m running it on a very cute, lovely and cheap Asus eeePC.
So will I become as evangelical about Ubuntu as I was about Apple? Well, no. Not yet.
Don’t get me wrong – I really like Ubuntu. I love the fact that it’s open source. I love it that all the software is free. I love the interface. I love how customisable it is. But the problem is that you need to be a bit too geeky to use it.
So my plea to the wonderful developers donating their time to the Ubuntu project is to concentrate on the user experience. It doesn’t take much to beat Microsoft at this game but Apple is the standard you should be aiming at. And if you get better at this, automate as much as possible and make it possible to get a machine up and running without having to spend days wrestling with Google, I’ll start recommending Ubuntu to everyone I meet. I promise.