And yes, one could be OS-agnostic

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After reading this entry on ZDNet’s EdTech section, I realized that there’s such a thing as being OS-agnostic.

I love Linux but in some ways I am learning to be OS-agnostic. Why do I say OS-agnostic? Read on.

To be OS-agnostic, if you ask me, is to be comfortable with any operating system installed on the computer you’re using. For example, in our office we have all sorts of machines and they have different OSes installed in them. Some have Linux, some have Windows XP, some have Windows Vista. My own laptop has both Ubuntu and Windows XP. The thing is that I could use whichever machine if needed.

I admit I don’t know the nitty-gritty of both Ubuntu and Windows XP but I am comfortable enough to use either. I could also try to tweak either, when I need to. Before, I’d really get upset if I didn’t use Ubuntu. It was a matter of preference because I didn’t have to tweak my desktop so much compared to Windows XP because I love how GNOME works. (I also love how Openbox works, by the way!) But there are things that were easier to do when in Windows due to certain work requirements and especially when I let other teammates use my laptop when we needed to switch or when there were tasks that required collaboration in that sense.

Being OS-agnostic gives me the skill to recognize certain similarities and/or differences as the case might be. I believe that it has made my mom work better with the computer because when in Ubuntu, she needs to be more experimental. I think that what I find important is not the specialized skill in using the OS but the skill of working with an OS regardless of what it is.

In one sense, maybe this is what it’s like to learn about being OS-agnostic. If you were once focused and specialized in Windows, eventually you could be OS-agnostic while learning/using Linux. It might make you even more comfortable using computers because of the learning attitude that you need to have.

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  • Ben

    I agree. Until this past year, I used XP for everything, even though I had a partition for SUSE 10 on my laptop. As I got a little more adventurous with the linux side and XP crashed more frequently, I slowly transitioned until I deleted the windows partition completely. I installed Ubuntu, which worked better with my hardware than SUSE, and now I would only ever install windows again if I wanted to get back into gaming. I’m still very comfortable with it, though, because it is running on my school’s computers. I’ve also gotten to be proficient with OS X, because a majority of my friends have macs.
    I feel that if I was presented with a completely new OS, whether with or without a GUI, I could at least make some guesses and figure things out from there.

  • http://nirak.net Karin Dalziel

    I registered the domain http://os-agnostic.com a few months ago for my personal blog. Since then, I have really thought about what that means. I try to have moderation in all things in my life- and operating systems is one of them. :) All OS’s have their pluses and minuses.

    What really bugs me is when people start on the “my OS is better than yours” talk without even listening to the other side.

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