Anyone who regularly reads this blog will know that I have recently decided to run my business using Android while still keeping a Linux netbook for configuring routers. I find Android very easy to use and I enjoy using Linux so this setup works for me and it works well. I also still have a Mac (now fixed and installing Yosemite as I write this) which comes out now and again as I have some clients who use them but one omision you will have noticed is a Windows based system. I do have Windows virtual machines setup on a Debian Linux server but I use them so rarely that it is not actually worth mentioning. In my business Windows hardly gets a look in.
There have been numerous articles floating around the internet over the last 12 months about the aparent demise of Microsoft and that Windows will slip away into obscurity. This is not going to happen anytime soon as Windows is so entrenched in the corporate world it would take something monumental to shift it. Yes there are some businesses like mine who decide they can get by without Windows but having Windows in a business environment (in some description) is the norm at the moment.
How much of a norm I found out last week. A lot of my work at the moment revolves around Cisco and the installation of routers and switches. Alongside this I also install quite a few Verizon GSM modems and Viprinet VPN routers. It was while installing a Viprinet VPN router last week I got caught out.
Install Vipinet and connect up aerials – check.
Connect up netbook to start configuration – check.
Run exe file – bugger.
Exe files as a rule don’t run under Linux (this one didnt even under Wine) and I didn’t have a Windows machine with me. Not being able to run the exe file meant not being able to start the configuration, which meant I would have to come back to site again and since the site was in Irvine that meant another 134 mile round trip. This was turning out to be one of those days.
So long as manufacturers use exe files to setup hardware there will still be a need for Windows. Will this change over time? Maybe but at the moment I think it is time to dig out my old Acer Aspire netbook for thoses times when I have no choice but to use Windows.
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