Just a couple of days ago I wrote about my decision of taking Ubuntu as my primary operating system for all my computing needs. However, Windows isn’t something that I can throw off. Especially as long as I’ve got jobs to do. For one example, I work as a technical support assistant at a company and they need me to respond to customer supports as well as write documentations, tutorials and research-specific tasks. One might think that all these can be easily done on a Linux machine. True, but my employer needs me to use a specific application for taking screenshots which isn’t available for Linux. He pays me; so I gotta listen to what he says, right?
So, I decided to buy Windows 8 while this deal is on. I’m running a pirated copy of Windows 7 and a Google search revealed that pirated copy users can actually upgrade to Windows 8 for $39.99 promotional price and make their operating system legit. As I saw proof of this on several forums, I went ahead and downloaded the Upgrade assistant for Windows 8 Pro. It’s a pity that they don’t have a standalone Windows 8 software for digital download, though.
But now, while I’m trying to upgrade and be a legit user of Windows 8, this is what Microsoft greeted me with.
Seriously, Microsoft? Just because I’m from a third-world country, you don’t even count me as a customer and let me enjoy the benefit of the ongoing promotions?
The hype of Windows 8 is unavoidable. The reviews coming in from different directions are mixed. But the $39.99 upgrade deal sounds tasty and unavoidable at the same time. As a Linux enthusiast or a volunteer at FOSS (Foundation for Open Source Solutions) Bangladesh, this may sound a little awkward that I’m trying to buy Windows 8. But I don’t hate Windows, or Microsoft for that matter. Microsoft Office suite is the best at what it does on earth. Google Docs is a good alternative, but it doesn’t quite get where Microsoft Office is.
I am involved in promoting open source alternatives because I simply don’t like the idea of using pirated content. My country, Bangladesh, is already well-known for its high level of software piracy and I want to have some contributions in removing that. That’s why I promoted Ubuntu; that’s another reason I chose Ubuntu as my primary operating system.
But with that screen before my eyes, I have this feeling that I should start to hate Windows, or Microsoft for that matter, for not letting us have the benefit.
Along with benefits, Windows has its demerits as well. It sucks more batter power (I know about all the power settings but tinkering with them is harder) than Ubuntu, which doesn’t run a huge load of processes in the background like Windows does. But then again, with the new features and the improved performance in stability and battery backup I’m reading about on various reviews, I thought of giving it a try. Going beyond $50 is too much for me as I’m yet a student and my pay rate from that company is not that high.
But now it appears I’ll have to search for Windows on torrent sites and continue using pirated copy of Windows when badly in need. Not to mention the continuous promotion of the good ol’ alternative, Ubuntu.