Sorry for not trimming this - it's all fairly relevant.
On Fri, Jun 22, 2007 at 11:05:59AM +0100, Ian O'Connell wrote:
> I don't see where your getting this idea of a dependency on windows
> from? As Tim says, why delete something that came with the laptop? its
> there 'just in case', its like saying i've a dependency on an
> airbag,yet it doesn't influence my life at all, i don't drive any
> more, faster or otherwise because of it. But it might come in handy
> some day so i don't see the point in ripping it out of my car so it
> can be a tiny bit lighter and thus more fuel efficent.
I have no problem back-tracking on my use of the word 'dependency'. We
can call it 'insurance' if you like. This wasn't an attempt to
stigmatise Tim, so if that is the way it came across, I apologise.
I think there are a number of valid reasons for removing a windows
parition. These are just some that spring to mind:
1. You don't need windows now, nor do you believe that you will ever
need it. To hang onto it "just in case" is to act like someone who
hoard's stuff. Hording is a preference. Other people prefer to
ruthlessly dispose of anything that they believe they won't use
again. Both types of behaviour are common and generally accepted.
2. More hard disk space (certainly relevant on laptops).
3. Peer recognition. Achieving a windows-free environment would be
considered an accomplishment in certain circles.
4. Good training. Being able to support an environment with no windows
whatsoever is a worthwhile goal in my book. Living without windows
on a daily basis will train you in what you need to know.
5. Remove the temptation of the path of least resistance. For those of
us with less will-power than we might want, throwing ourselves in at
the deep end is often a good strategy for learning what we would like
It wasn't always so easy to get stuff done on Linux as it is today.
Maybe you just wanted to rip a selection of tracks from a bunch of
CDs and create a compilation CD. Might take you 1 hour to do on windows
or 20 hours to learn how to do it on Linux. It's much easier to choose
path B when there is no such choice :-)
6. Lifesytle. It's what you want for yourself. It's part of how you see
yourself. You're confident that you can handle any problems that comes
your way so you just fucking do it!
Perhaps you don't think these are particularly good reasons. That's
fine: they are based largely on preferences and so they are unlikely to
resonate with everyone. The point here is that there are solid reasons
for getting rid of that parition, reasons for wanting to maintain a
Given that there are valid reasons. there is no justification for
suggesting that someone is fanatical/over-zealous/irrational simply
because they choose to delete this windows partition or because they
strive to maintain a windows-free environment. This was my understanding
of Tim's position.
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