Friday, March 11, 2016

Just Say No To Microsoft

I never thought I'd hear myself say that. After all, as some of you know, I worked there for almost 20 years. But they've crossed the line.

Today, I woke up, and my Windows7 machine had upgraded to Windows10. No warnings. No permission. It just did it. And yes, my files are still there, but none of my dev tools work. While I love Linux, I've always tried to make sure my projects work on Microsoft products as well. No more - Microsoft has seen to that. No CygWin, no Babun, no MinGW. Even stuff made for Microsoft - Unity3d, Cocos2D - none of it is working after the upgrade to Windows 10.

It would be different, if I has initiated the upgrade. If I had been prepared. If I had reserved the time to deal with it. This isn't about Open Source vs Closed Source. This is about customer service, and Microsoft obviously doesn't give 2 scraps about their customers needs and wants.

I have a solution. Already had it. I'm selecting a new distro now - I've been meaning to try Fedora. Now is the time. No dual boot needed. There is nothing I need Microsoft for.

I think the next computer I purchase will probably be an OS/X machine.  Thank you Microsoft, for kicking me out of your nest - I can learn to fly without you!

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