While playing games on the Air won't be the best experience, go Boot Camp, definitely. Otherwise it's virtualised and the graphics drivers don't have direct access to the GPU and there's massive overheads. 3D games, I mean.
Can't Parallels access your Boot Camp partition? My concern with Boot Camp on an Air is the space limits. I have a 640GB HDD in my Macbook Pro and I feel pushed for space with my Win8 partition taking up 150GB.
Of course, when an OS crashes like no tomorrow, it's another problem entirely. (That's what happened with openSUSE and my old desktop)
Nuking Windows on the laptop means that OS X gets a chance to be used all the time, and in the week, it's a pretty awesome experience.
For some reason, the dragon wallpaper I've got on my Mac right now also clued me into color calibration issues.
I've gotten pretty used to how things work in the OS X environment at this point, and I've also installed the Windows 8 Release Preview on Parallels (bought via cheap bundle)... it works better than expected.
When it comes to playing games, would you go Parallels or Boot Camp? I've noticed negligible performance degradation, if any, at least in 2D graphics performance. You know it's a problem when Safari on OS X is relatively slower than IE10 on virtualization
lol, you're a pushy one. Sorry, I've been meaning to reply, I just didn't notice it had been 3 days. lol. All of my computer time has been focused on the Steam sales. I've downloaded about 40GB of games in the last 5 days and played most of them for a good few hours.
Yeah, the gamma certainly helps things appear more vivid. You can pump it up in most graphics control panels (ie. AMD or Nvidia's), although because most screens aren't even close to what they should be, it's still not perfect. The Mac screens (not so much the Airs) are among the best in the industry, partially because they're high quality IPS, partially because they're a standard platform, so they're easy to keep the same. Any LED-backlit IPS panel without anti-glare coating will look pretty good, as does my desktop monitor.
When you say Ubuntu isn't well-designed, I assume you've been using the newer versions with the Unity DE? Yes, it's horrible, but it wasn't when it still used Gnome. Ubuntu 9.04 was my main OS once. If you do want to play around with Linux, Mint isn't bad. Or if you want to try KDE, I always liked openSUSE. You're absolutely right, though. If you want to get used to a new OS, there are two important things to remember. Firstly, don't go back to the old one the minute you get annoyed. Work through it. Secondly, don't expect it to work the same way. Don't try to force your old methods and understandings onto the new platform.
I've just finished studying a unit at uni about educational psychology. We have cognitive patterns called schema, where we learn a process/rule/fact that we apply and eventually internalise (it becomes automatic and we don't think about it or even question it). Now when something comes along that doesn't agree with our current schema, we firstly try to force it to fit. This doesn't work and we get frustrated. In order to learn the new system, we either need to modify the schema or create a new one to deal with the new information. That then needs to be reinforced for it to stick properly. Some people don't do this and don't learn or adapt effectively as a result. This carries over to OS and platform changes. You need to accept the differences and try to appreciate them.
That reply should probably make up for the amount of time I left you hanging. :cer_laugh:
What about the other way around? OS X font rendering, while now way better than it used to be after tweaking (lines are not fuzzy anymore), I wonder whether there is such a thing as a font rasterizer replacer for OS X. I know some exist for Windows, but as for OS X... I think I'd like to see something that respects hinting (rule number 0: you need this unless your display is Retina-grade). Still, it is now closer to DirectWrite Windows 7 at this point.
Seems like according to my personal adjustments, the ideal gamma for my MacBook Air's screen isn't Mac Standard 2.2, but 2.0. o.O 2.2 goes too dark in the color ramps too early. Or maybe not. 2.2 seems to work for now...
The easiest way to make yourself used to a different OS, assuming that it is well-designed (Ubuntu isn't one), is to obliterate any other OSes to make sure that you're actually spending the time with the OS in question.