Ever since that recent announcement about how you can now run Linux programs under Windows, people all over the world have been asking the big question 'Why bother?'. Especially when you can run Windows and Linux side by side or, perhaps more sensibly, run Linux under its own steam.
And that prompted my big annual Linux tryout. This year it's the latest incarnation of fashionable Ubuntu version 8.04 known as Hardy Heron. No. It's just not worth asking.
It loaded up like a dream, double-teamed with Windows XP. and an earlier unused version of Ubuntu. Unused is because I have two monitors running off a modest graphics card, one of the screens in portrait mode in order to get more visible text. Setting this (and a third screen as well) up in Windows is a matter of a click here and there. In even the latest Ubuntu Linux it involves, if you believe the considerable, angry internet discussion, many weeks of research, hand re-coding of crucial secret programs deep in Linux's core, uploading drivers, lots of trial and error but mostly simple, mind-numbingly repetitive failure. To be honest I didn't bother.
Back to bed with the Evil Empire.