I’ve been doing some thinking as to what tools I use every day that I miss when I boot into Linux. In other words the following reasons are why I can’t totally get rid of Windows in my life.
- OneNote: One of the more misunderstood parts of the Microsoft Office suite. I use OneNote for taking notes, for organizing meetings for everything I do. I go into a meeting and open up OneNote. I study for a new certification test, I use OneNote to help me understand things. I’ve tried basKet and other tools from the FOSS world and can’t find anything that matches. I cannot get basKet to organize things correctly (plus I think development has stopped), I’ve tried Tomboy, but still can’t get it organized the way I want. OneNote is simple to use and quite powerful.
- SQL Management Studio 2005: Actually any tool that connects to SQL Server from MS is a requirement. My day to day is working with MS SQL Server and I haven’t found a FOSS tool to work correctly with this. Any suggestions here would be greatly appreciated
- Outlook: Work uses MS Exchange for email, enough said.
- Groove: Not quite sure I’m sold on Groove for MS yet, but just started using it and its pretty sweet. Don’t know if its a keeper yet
- SlingPlayer: This is personal but I haven’t gotten it to work correctly in Linux with Wine yet. I know there is a how-to on it, but I’ve fallen in love with my SlingBox
That’s it for now that I can think of. Would love to find tools to replace these if possible in Linux. Maybe I can get a list of possible replacements?