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Linux to Windows transition

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So I had to install Xilinx 13.1 for our final year project and only the Windows version was available. Which means I had to install Windows 7 in the laptop alongside Ubuntu.

Oh, the woes in Windows. As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, you get totally bewildered and frustrated in this proprietary operating system.

First, there’s no Compiz. The desktop and windows look pretty ugly. Thanks  to aero the ugliness is reduced a bit.

Then there are no multiple workspaces. Can you just imagine? Having to work in a single desktop?! But thankfully there’s a solution available, albeit a less-than-perfect answer to the problem. You can install this little piece of software and it will give you something similar to multiple desktops. Not as good or native as in linux anyway.

And the next problem was the lack of double-finger scrolling. Again a small software comes to the rescue. Still it’s less-than-perfect.

Viruses? Yes, you have to be wary of those creatures in this less secure operating system. Installed Microsoft Security Essentials just in case.

I hold no grudge against Windows. I’ve used it since the 95 version and I won’t hesitate to say it’s a good operating system. It’s just that you don’t get the good feel or ease you get in linux. Hope they learn from peers like linux and OS X and improve the OS in the upcoming versions at least.

Written by thameera

May 13, 2011 at 9:32 pm

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  1. And no anti-aliasing fonts. I hate those crappy fonts in windows.


    May 13, 2011 at 9:38 pm

  2. why 13.1? I got the 12.3 thing working in ubuntu. Isnt it good enough?


    May 13, 2011 at 10:10 pm

    • Other group mates are working with 13.1. Plus 13.1 is really good. 😐


      May 13, 2011 at 10:13 pm

  3. Sucks when you’re forced to go back to Windows for some reason. 😦


    May 13, 2011 at 10:53 pm

  4. theres a linux version ne ban… so why not use it? why dont u install it and update ur blog on “how to ubuntu ISE 13.1” 😛


    May 15, 2011 at 10:55 am

    • There was no linux installer in the setup I got. Plus it’s >5GB too. 😦 You have the setup?


      May 15, 2011 at 2:14 pm

  5. Why not use it with Wine?

    Rangitha Kuruppu

    June 5, 2011 at 11:00 am

    • It’s too heavy a program to use with wine. The install takes more than 10GB. Most of the stuff we do with it are OS specific coz they have to do with device drivers.


      June 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm

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