Tuesday, May 15, 2007

How Windows comes closer to Linux ...

Some days ago, I got inspired by the following topic: "Things you can do in Linux but not Windows" (click to read).

For the larger part, I agree with the author. Some remarks however: One of the points the author is:

Take my settings with me where ever I go. In Linux, all your personal settings are stored in your Home folder, most in folders that begin with a period (like .gaim). So, I can copy all these settings from one computer to another. I can put these settings on a USB drive. When I switched from Gentoo to Ubuntu, I kept all my settings. On Windows, some settings are under your home folder and some are in the registry. So your settings are not portable.

True of course, but not the final word: there is a way around this... storing the registry information in a file. This can be done in several ways, but one of the most flexible one is probably using OPS file by means of the Office Resource Kit (free download).

Interested? Check out the Flex Profile Kit (Login Consultants) which does exactly that for a TS/Citrix environment but can easily used in a desktop environment as well. In principle, even a registry export/import would do...

This does not mean I don't like the UNIX way (quite the contrary!)... but at long as we can make Windows behave a little bit the same, we are already happy!

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