In days one , two , three , four , five and six of his seven day experiment with Linux, Stuart Turton handed his life over to the alternative OS, trying to ignore the spell of Microsoft and getting busy with his first ever Ubuntu and Fedora install.
Now on his final day, Stuart gives his ultimate verdict: Should others follow his cue and go down the Linux path or flee for the relative safety of Microsoft.
Is the world even ready for Linux? And does it have what it takes to go mainstream?
Right, I've gone almost a week without a gaming hit and I'm experiencing withdrawal. Mercifully, the advent of virtualisation has opened up a world of possibilities and I've heard reports of people playing Team Fortress without too many problems.
My needs are more modest: StarCraft and Football Manager 2007 are my gaming guinea pigs.
My route back into gaming bliss is Wine, a virtualisation package that emulates Windows in Linux. Heading through the now familiar terminal I locate the package and it installs with minimum fuss.
From now on it's as easy as putting the command "wine" in front of whatever I want to run. I install StarCraft and I'm soon happily exploding intergalactic monsters with no compromises of any sort.
Gamers have no fear, at least gamers who enjoy the ten-year-old games I do.
Emboldened, I turn my attention to Football Manager, but it turns out to be as complicated as astrophysics to install.
My trusty Linux gaming website offers a vast sheet of intimidating instructions, and given that my football side is facing relegation anyway, I decide to return to waging intergalactic war.
Linux isn't ready for the mainstream, of that I'm certain.
While the applications and community are in place to make it an eventual success, the number of times I was left to fend for myself when something went wrong through no fault of my own means I could never trust my mum with it.
But for anyone with any modicum of computing confidence, Linux deserves a try.
The ability to create a desktop entirely to your own tastes is a unique selling point, and one Microsoft and Apple are unable to match. It's also fun, and when was the last time an OS
was accused of that?