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Re: For all you Linux fans ...

Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 9:47 pm
by battybird
thanks Mike
I am sure it is not as bad as it sounds written down...will read it all up and maybe go for it!! if I mess up my son can sort it out! But it does seem to be faster (at least thats what the converts tell me!) My son explained why it is better but lost me halfway through the very enthusiastic monologue! Maybe it will be me doing the speech soon! :lol:

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

Posted: Sat Oct 29, 2011 1:15 pm
by Aesculus
I've always been a big fan of Linux especially Debian based distros like Ubuntu my current favourite is Linux Mint which is always based on the current release of Ubuntu (no link as this is my second post but remove the space and stick .com on the end :wink: ) it's a British distro started by a French guy living in Ireland :iconbiggrin:

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 10:43 am
by the.fee.fairy
Welcome to the wonderful world of Linux!!

In my first two years here I 'lost' my laptop regularly to viruses.
Last summer, my laptop 'lost' windows, so my sister sent me a ubuntu USB stick. I've stuck with linux ever since. No viruses have hit and I haven't lost everything yet :)

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

Posted: Sun Oct 21, 2012 4:52 pm
by John Headstrong
well, you all know that I am full on geek.

I use Ubuntu on my main machine and my kids machines and I have a few customers that also use Ubuntu.

I also have loads of old computers that I rebuild give away/sell to anyone that asks, I mainly use Ubuntu but a few weeks ago a friend asked for "any version of windows" on a machine due to a program that her work uses. You can't believe that hassle just to get a computer working, product keys, licences,activation, approved hardware and the updates! oh my god the updates! :pale: then surf the web to find the software like the anti-virus and anti-spyware, then update them. Then install a browser that works, then word processor suite, something to play music with that don't crash the machine when you try to play a mp3 without DRM, a PDF reader that doesn't freeze or load a million plugins while loading a simple PDF and then update that. (Adobe reader, same program for 10 years, updates daily ? WTF? :banghead: )

yet, with the same hardware, bung a Ubuntu CD in, answer 7 simple questions about the machine (my kids can do this since they where 6 years old) sit back, one reboot later and you have a machine that is fully working with everything installed. :brave:

I find Microsoft windows a waste of time and effort.

::end of rant

Re: For all you Linux fans ...

Posted: Mon Oct 22, 2012 12:33 pm
by MKG
Well, I'm a year and a half in - or so - and I'm absolutely with you, John. I would NEVER consider going back to Windows. My one gripe (if you can call it that) - that Reaper wouldn't run on Linux - was wrong. I soon found a way to do it on the net. The open-source world is fantastic.

LibreOffice, which is fully compatible with MS Office, is actually an improvement over it. GIMP (now available in an all-in-one-window version) does everything I ever wanted to do in Photoshop. Inkscape, for the vector art fans, is racing ahead of its commercial competitors. Blender3D is fast catching up with Maya/3DSMax and is already better in some areas. And they're all free. There's loads of free software by default, but once you learn how to open up other repositories, there's loads more (literally thousands of open-source programs).

I haven't had a hint of a virus even though I don't run anti-virus. My sidebar is still quirky but - so what? Getting rid of ALL Windows quirkiness in exchange for one tiny bit is well worth it. Oh - and my machine is showing no signs of slowing down over time, so I'm not going to have to do the dreaded Windows clean-up.

Oh - and it's faster, by a factor of :cheers: :cheers: :cheers:

Best thing I ever did.

Mike