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Apr 23 2008 / Aaron

And here it is indeed

I got a big fat new development machine at work for doing server development. It has 8 cores and 16 gigabytes of RAM. It’s a beast.

It needs a 64-bit OS, so I decided to give Vista a whirl to see what all the fuss is about. What a mistake. I lasted two days. I couldn’t even get our server software to run without crapping all over itself. An endless chain of permissions issues. At least now I understand why there’s been so much ill-will over Vista.

The linux nerds at the office hooked me up with an Ubuntu Linux 8.04 install and I have been playing with that for the past two days. WOW. So. Much. Better. I really missed the command line and my virtual desktops.

Of course, I’m not much better off because our code base has not been compiled in GCC for quite a while, and many things don’t build as of yet. It’s going to take some elbow grease to get it running. My plan is to get it compiling error free again, and see if I can get it going under Eclipse CDT.

If that doesn’t fly, I am digging ubuntu so much I think I will just have to do development using virtualization environments running Windows XP, as a last resort.

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  1. Donna / Apr 24 2008

    I would never ever usually attempt dialect that involves computers with you but I completely understand what you mean about Vista’s “permission issues”. Even I get annoyed with those!

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