I know I have made several of these posts in the past where I say I ditched my Windows roots and moved everything to linux. This time, I believe, will be different.
In the past I have always been tied to Windows by the applications I used every day. MS Office for e-mail, documents and spreadsheets. I have used either HomeSite or Dreamweaver for coding and Photoshop for image editing. Not to mention the more nefarious applications I use day in and day out. However, things have been changing a lot recently. Google Docs has replaced MS Office for handling most productivity items. Having access to all my documents from any computer is just too big of a convenience to pass up. As far as web design goes I have bounced around a few editors; Eclipse and jEdit to name a few before finally settling on Aptana because I get a good blend of tools. All of these editors run on top of Java so it was just a matter of installing and everything just works.
There are several native Windows applications I just do not think I could live without, World of Warcraft being one of them. I had it up and running with Wine in about two minutes flat (not counting the patching I had to do because I did not back up my latest installation). There are a few other applications I use on a day to day basis and they work fine. If Wine can handle WoW, it can handle darn near anything.
The other major use I have is backing up my personal DVD’s to my Windows Media Center movie library. There is a metric buttload(tm) of Windows applications out there that handle this, but I have been using Handbrake for a while now. While it may not be the fastest (at least on my aging system), it gets the job done with great results and there is a native port for linux that has the familiar GUI in Gnome.
Will I be able to stick with it this time? I don’t know, but the results are looking promising so far. Who knows, I might start missing that BSoD again soon.