March 19, 2002

Windows is calling me : Resist the Dark Side

Every so often, I get the urge to reload Windows on my laptop. Generally it's because of some driver or codec that I don't have, and thus cannot do what I wish to do at that moment in time. It's a testament to how far Linux has come that these urges come at longer and longer intervals these days. About the only problems that crop up nowadays have to do with video codecs -- of the Big Three video codecs (Windows Media, QuickTime, and Real), only Real has provided a Linux client (and it is closed-source). Furthermore, the Real client is a crashy, slow, out-of-date mess.

The sound codec landscape is much more enticing: Linux has stellar support for MP3, Ogg Vorbis, AIFF, and just about any other other audio format you can name.

And as far as browsers go -- yes, I have some issues with Mozilla, but it's far and away the best option available now right (and not just on Linux, either -- it beats IE into a cocked hat on conformance).