In my opinion no ‘professional’ writer uses Windows.
Before people start throwing stones, let me explain. I know a lot of writers. Not surprising, since I am one. If we are self-employed (and most of us are) we need solid, reliable equipment to work our trade.
Windows, the only operating system which is prone to infection by Viruses, and attack by Trojans, isn’t suitable for use by writers. It’s just not safe to use.
I know several writers who lost time last year (2010) due to a Windows Operating System failure. In once case the computer was unusable for close to two weeks! Just think. Two weeks during which the writer was literally on an enforced vacation…
That sort of thing doesn’t happen to computers which run Linux or OS X. By cutting Windows out of the loop, you cut your system problems down drastically. You can still have hardware issues (ask me about the time I poured chicken soup on the keyboard of my laptop), but with a good backup regime (you are backing up your data aren’t you) you limit your problems.
As long as you get rid of Windows. While there is a bit of a learning curve, you’ll save yourself a huge amount of time in the long run.
Sunday May 22, 2011