I was challenged today in the corridor: "You've blogged that you have a new W2100z worstation
but you don't write that you have Windows XP installed on it". So here I blog about it. Yes I am using Windows XP at Sun and I am not ashamed for it!
Why am I doing this? What operating system is used by majority of NetBeans users? Which OS-specific bugs have the biggest impact? Windows. The second most widely used OS by NetBeans users is Linux. Thus I have RedHat Fedora 4 on my second partition. Do I use Solaris and Mac? Yes, I do use them often, through remote access.
I apologize to all opensource evangelists, to Solaris engineers and to all the people from the anti-Microsoft world. I've been using Linux on desktop for five years, since RedHat 6.1 and Debian 2.0 in last company where all of our solutions were based on Linux. The funny thing is that on my Windows XP almost all of software is opensource. I use Firefox (I really don't like IE), Thunderbird, Gaim, Gimp, OpenOffice... and of course NetBeans.
I'm using Windows because I want to make sure NetBeans editor works on Windows. Is that a bad thing to do? Most NetBeans developers don't use Windows. Think about our users. I wish all of them would be using Solaris or other opensource OS but the reality is different. Hopefully this may change in the future and then I will change my desktop OS :-)