I am currently in the middle of compiling an article to do with Windows 8, UEFI and the fact that it might be hard to install Linux without accepting the Windows license agreement. That article will be released later this week.
The subject however got me thinking about Windows and it's users and whether breaking away from Windows is so hard for some people because they have an addiction.
I have copied the following text from the Alcoholics Anonymous website and I have been artistic with the use of the word Windows. The article in question is "Is AA for you?" and asks a series of question to determine whether you are an alcoholic or at risk of becoming one but I have spun this somewhat to determine whether you are overly dependent on Windows.
Is Linux For You
Only you can decide whether you want to give Linux a try or if you think it can help you.
In the land of Linux we do not tell anyone to do anything. We just talk about our own Windows use, the trouble we got into, and how we stopped. We will be glad to help you, if you want us to.
Have you ever switched from one kind of Windows to another in the hope that this would keep you from getting viruses?
We tried all kinds of ways. We made ourselves use Windows 8. Or just used Windows 7. Or we did not use Internet Explorer. Or only used Windows on weekends. You name it, we tried it. But if we tried any Windows software , we usually got viruses eventually.
Have you had to use Windows in the morning during the past year?
Do you need Windows to get started? This is a pretty sure sign that you are not computing socially.
Do you envy people who can use computers without getting into trouble?
At one time or another, most of us have wondered why we were not like most people, who really can just use a real operating system like Linux.
Have you had problems connected with Windows during the past year?
Be honest! IT Experts say that if you have a problem with Windows and keep on using it, it will get worse - never better. Eventually, you will get viruses, or end up updating Windows for the rest of your life. The only hope is to use Linux.
Has Windows caused trouble at home?
Before we came into Linux, most of us said that it was the people or problems at home that made us Windows. We could not see that updates just made everything worse. It never solved problems anywhere.
Do you ever try to get 'extra' memory because you do not have enough?
Most of us used to have 'extra' before we started out if we thought it was going to be that kind of application. If applications were not served fast enough, we would go some place else to get more.
Do you tell yourself you can stop using Windows any time you want to, even though you keep getting viruses when you don't mean to?
Many of us kidded ourselves into thinking that we used Windows because we wanted to. After we came to Linux, we found out that once we started to use Windows, we couldn't stop.
Have you missed days off work because of Windows?
Many of us admit now that we called in sick lots of times when the truth was that we were reinstalling Windows for the umpteenth time.
Do you have blackouts?
A blackout is when there are hours or days we cannot remember. When we came into Linux, we found out that this is a pretty sure sign of Windows problems.
Have you ever felt that your life would be better if you did not use Windows?
Many of us started to use Windows because Windows made life seem better, at least for a while. By the time we got into Linux, we felt trapped. We were using Windows to live and living to use Windows. We were sick and tired of being sick and tired.