"When the morning came he would go back to his office and he
noticed he swiveled his chair less and less towards the Windows PC.
So much so in fact, he decided he should do something about it, He
designated it the email machine. That would ensure he used it more
frequently. While using it he missed the simplicity and stability
(especially the Stability) of his Linux box. No amount of cygwin or
virtual machine tweaking was satisfactory. Every open source
application that was cross compatible was deployed, Firefox,
Thunderbird, OpenOffice, and the rest, but still it was not enough.
Eventually he gave in to dual booting to enable him to use his
favorite tools. But the sad truth is, an embedded engineer needs
Windows. There are just too many specialized tools for programming
devices, analyzing signals, and device drivers that are Windows
only and no amount of Wine-ing will do.
"His only hope was that he knew Qt was cross compatible with
Windows Linux and Mac, and there was talk that someday, KDE was to
be ported to Windows. So he waited..."
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