Confession time: I almost installed Windows XP on this office computer today. The circumstances were these:
1. I had just installed a new graphics card on this machine. As to why I bought it in the first place, read on.
2. I had just bought a few games from Good Old Games, namely Freespace and Freespace 2. I really wanted to try them out.
3. I had also bought a SpaceNavigator PE, to try with Google Sketchup and Google Earth.
4. I might need to install a webcam on this computer so my Mom can Skype with my Dad.
5. As an instructor of Ateneo de Davao University, I can legally install Windows on my machine for, er, instructional and testing purposes.
Picture now an Angel Me and Devil Me whispering in my ear.
Devil Me: "Go ahead, install Windows. Life will be so much easier. You can play games! Games!"
Angel Me: "No! Stay away! Think of all that you've stood for!"
Devil Me: "Ga-aaames! Ga-aaaaaaaames!"
Sadly, I gave in to the temptation. I wiped out my old Ubuntu partition to make way for my legal copy of Windows XP. I had been planning a reinstall of Ubuntu, anyway, with an upgrade to Jaunty and a downgrade to 32-bit, for application support reasons. My intention was to dual-boot this machine, hoping to heavens I wouldn't fall into the trap of spending more time on Windows.
I needn't have worried, really.
Windows XP wouldn't install.
Heaven knows I tried several times, even repartitioning the disk with Gparted. The installer just kept complaining it couldn't use the disk. Heh. I guess a close-to-ten-year-old operating system just can't hack it on new hardware anymore.
Eventually I gave up. In contrast, installing Jaunty on this machine was a breeze. And I didn't have to feel guilty about it.
Yup, Windows is just too darned difficult.