Talking to people about building a new computer the subject of the Operating System came up. I have had a lot of people suggest Ubuntu (according to some metrics, the most popular Linux distribution).
I’m fine with the concept but I pointed out that Sketchup won’t run under Linux (somewhat under WINE I understand). I was then told .. “Oh. That’s OK. Run Blender” …
Ok. Here’s the deal. I appreciate that I would probably be better off with my computer running Linux. I got that. I hate the bloat that is Windows .. BUT .. and a big but.
I like Sketchup. I work in Sketchup. I don’t WANT to learn Blender .. I want my Sketchup. I have spent hundreds (possibly even thousands) of hours learning to use the product. I don’t want to change. I just want a faster, more modern computer.
So .. I ran across this article on dual-booting a computer with Windows 7 and Ubuntu. Seems to me this would be the best of both worlds .. running Sketchup and other programs that need Windows .. and Ubuntu for other ‘stuff’. Just how much of the ‘other stuff’ .. have no idea. I would that would be part of the learning experience.
Of course .. as soon as I install Windows 7 .. Microsoft will stop supporting it. Microsoft seems to support only two Operating Systems at a time and sooner or later they will drop Windows 9 on us.
Oh well. Live is a bitch .. and then you die.
Edit: Just ran across this YouTube video on Installing and running WINE in Linux, Ubuntu