I spent a week booted into only FreeBSD, and met with a lot of problems. Many of them could be overcome, but the fact of the matter is that I was simply less productive under FreeBSD than I was under Windows, mainly because of little issues. Things such as keyboard bindings and interface issues that were not consistent between applications, the file associations mechanism was almost working as it should, but it wasn’t obeyed by all applications.
As much as I love OpenOffice.org, it was simply not able to properly handle all of our work-related doucments. It will take some more investigating as to why, but OO.org on Windows formatted the documents properly, most of the time, but on FreeBSD they were mangled.
I’m going to try putting together another PC and retasking an unused KVM so that I might have a FreeBSD box and Windows box at my desk. Perhaps that way I can have the best of both worlds, and do some more experimenting while not losing any productivity…
I made a few updates to my page on Desktop FreeBSD. I have been attempting to switch my desktop at work completely over. So far there are only a few hitches. I haven’t booted into Windows in nearly a week.
The biggest problem has been printing, but it is more of a hardware compatibility issue than anything.
Try as I might, it seems I can’t get away from Windows as my primary desktop both at work and at home. My unix-a-like OS of choice is FreeBSD, and I use it on many servers as well as a couple “pseudo desktop” systems (low-task servers that I can run X and a few apps on) I am going to start a page keeping track of all the “show stoppers” keeping me from running it as my primary desktop, and happily check off items as they are found.
Part of me would love to just take the plunge and go the full immersion route, but due to some of the work-related windows-only issues, I don’t see that going as well as I’d like.
EDIT: Sep 08 2005 – I forgot a link to the page. It’s a work in progress…