Monday, November 28, 2016

Giving the Devil it's Due

That 'devil' bing Microsoft. I know, But I have to move on, and what's more, I had to buy a new computer.

My beautiful new ASUS Zenbook came with Windows 10 pre-installed. I of course dual booted it with ElementaryOS, but since then, I'm a bit embarassed to say, most of my time has been spent using Windows 10.

It used to be when asked why I choose Linux, the answer was easy. But my reasons are mostly technical, and Windows 10 really addresses many of them. There are still many good reasons to choose Linux -

  • Windows 10 Desktop is very distracting. I Love ElementaryOS.
  • Linux fonts are still easier for me to read.
  • I prefer Geary to MS Mail
  • Build processes like gradle run faster on Linux - this impacts iterative testing.
  • The Windows Subsystem for Linux isn't well suited for gui programming.

But Windows has Visual Studio 2015 and Xamarin with excellent support for MonoGame and FSharp, and a path to put FSharp on Android. This seems preferable to my current path of Android Studio, Scala, and libGDX. And it's a jvm free solution - did I ever mention that I hate the jvm?