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.