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gerowen
April 29th, 2011, 05:00 AM
Has anyone left Windows being entirely for Ubuntu? If so, have you run into any difficulties?

Haven't had Windows on any of my personal computers for a couple of years now. Can't say I regret leaving, and I've had fewer problems out of Linux than I ever did out of Windows.

ingeva
April 29th, 2011, 07:20 AM
Haven't had Windows on any of my personal computers for a couple of years now. Can't say I regret leaving, and I've had fewer problems out of Linux than I ever did out of Windows.
I must admit I still have Windows on my computer, but for one reason only:
I develop web sites, and I need something to check that they work with Internet Explorer.
I have to do this once in a while, and it irritates me that almost every time I have to endure a lot of upgrading of an OS that I don't even use much, and I admit I have an antivirus program there, with new updates every week.

Except for some gaming programs (Who wastes time playing games???) there are very few programs that don't have an alternative that you can use with Linux. Some of them are better, an ALL of them are cheaper.

Windows is slower, more insecure, extremely vulnerable, and I used to spend 50% of my time fixing problems. Now I'm only fixing problems for my neighbors, who are still running that ancient OS! :)

Of course, Linux is not without challenges. Recently they have completely changes the user interface with Ubuntu, which makes me wonder if we're not going in the wrong direction. Why on earth trying to fix things that work so well? The Unity menu is clumsy and slow, and covers windows you are using, and requires a lot of searching to find the programs you want to run. I almost can't believe it. It's like going back to Norton Commander or some old silly desktop manager for DOS (I never used that BTW).

I know better OSes than Linux. Faster, more secure. But they suffer other inconveniences: They are not open source, and they are EXPENSIVE.

But WINDOWS? Getting worse all the time. I've helped neighbors with Windows 7. Anything so clumsy and slow, I wouldn't allow near my own computer. When my computers are too old and slow to run Windows, I'll drop it completely, and those who are still running Internet Explorer will have to endure the pain.

I switched to Linux nearly three years ago, after thinking about it for several years. In the meantime, Linux matured, and I regret not having started sooner. I really suffered too long with the Windows disaster.

fireflower
April 29th, 2011, 10:10 AM
Recently they have completely changes the user interface with Ubuntu, which makes me wonder if we're not going in the wrong direction. Why on earth trying to fix things that work so well? The Unity menu is clumsy and slow, and covers windows you are using, and requires a lot of searching to find the programs you want to run. I almost can't believe it. It's like going back to Norton Commander or some old silly desktop manager for DOS
I agree. I have a strain of foolish/brave in me, upgraded without doing my homework, and got a shock. Unity is unplayable, to borrow a word from video games. I gave myself a headache trying to customize it or at least turn it off. Finally when Wine (running EVE Online) crashed, I couldn't kill the zombie program. I couldn't access system manager to kill it. There are myriad other problems caused by Unity; for instance, Banshee is hard enough to operate in Ubuntu classic, whereas with Unity it feels like I'm wearing oven mitts.

I can see Unity being effective for a phone/handheld or notebook solution. If it makes someone feel warm and fuzzy, they should be given the option of running Unity on their desktop. Set to default in a major distro? No. No obvious customization? Bad move. Hide the switch at the log in screen? Sadistic. I agree with you that it's pretty retro, reminded me of struggling with a 8088 computer when the world was young. No one wants to relive the bad old days.

Due to the subject of the thread I should add I'm running a single partition. Windows, how shall we say, blew up, and it was beyond my modest skill to fix. I'm not a power user or anything, I internet and chat and word process and play some popular games, so it fulfills my needs. Haven't looked back.

raja.genupula
April 29th, 2011, 10:19 AM
I am working as a Asst Professor . My complete lab software is under .exe format . so to work with my programs i need be on windows . just for the only purpose of that lab programs , for all remaining usage i am moving to my darling ubuntu . some times i am thinking that how nice it would be if my lab software going to work in ubuntu . actually wine is there but i hate wine .so still i need to spend sometime on windows .:guitar:

ingeva
April 29th, 2011, 10:19 AM
I agree. I have a strain of foolish/brave in me, upgraded without doing my homework, and got a shock.
I certainly got a shock too!
Probably because I wasn't following the discussions too much. I have other things to do. Studying the development of the OS is not my primary task. I need something that works.
When I get an update I test it, because I don't want to lag too much behind. I ignore Windows. It has never been quite up-to-date with the development. As I see it, it has been a total disaster for the free development in the computing world.

We shouldn't be discussing the quirks of the OS too much in this thread, but I sincerely hope that until they have developed something BETTER than the classic Gnome with panels, they should make the projects under test an option, not the default.

ingeva
April 29th, 2011, 10:24 AM
I am working as a Asst Professor . My complete lab software is under .exe format . so to work with my programs i need be on windows . just for the only purpose of that lab programs , for all remaining usage i am moving to my darling ubuntu . some times i am thinking that how nice it would be if my lab software going to work in ubuntu . actually wine is there but i hate wine .so still i need to spend sometime on windows .:guitar:I have never tried Wine but I tried VMware which made Windows faster, but there was a solid wall between Windows and Linux. They couldn't even see each other's files, so it was completely unusable, since the purpose for me was to test if things would work both places. The few times I need to test something in Windows, I have to reboot.

jhonan
April 29th, 2011, 12:53 PM
It's interesting to look at how things have shifted over the past 20 years. Device convergence, OS divergence, and increased user OS-agnosticism i.e. do users really care what OS is running on a device?

Consumers are more focussed on device functionality and integration with other devices, rather than what OS is running on them.

For example, let's say I have a mobile phone, a netbook/slate, a games console, and a desktop PC.

I use my phone for photos, videos, portable games, and ad-hoc internet/email. I use the PC to store, manage, and edit my media, acting as a central server and somewhere I can download content to. I might also do dev work on the PC, some games, and internet.

Then there's the netbook/slate, for when I'm in bed or on the sofa, something I can check emails on easily cause it's got a bigger screen and a keyboard than my phone, perhaps facebook, blogging, watching youtube vids.

And finally there's the games console, a device designed specifically for playing games, with perhaps some media functions (like viewing movies streamed from my PC)

Now, how important is the OS in this typical scenario? - The only place where the OS really matters to me as an end-user is on my desktop PC, because I use certain software (e.g. dev apps) that have specific OS requirements.

As long as my phone can easily upload to my PC, and my PC can stream to my console, and my netbook can perform the functions I need quickly and easily - How important is the OS I'm running on each of these devices?

I say that the OS is becoming less and less relevant to the end user. In other words where it should have been to start with; sitting quietly in the background doing its job, helping the hardware to perform a function.

How many people care what version of firmware is loaded into their car, their washing machine, or their HDTV interface? (Although, on reading some of the threads, some of you probably already have Ubuntu running in your car)


What's important in a device is stability, performance, integration, and interface. These days all OS-es can do that stuff or manufacturers wouldn't be putting them on their devices. To the user, a button on a Windows OS looks the same as a button on a Ubuntu/Fedora/Android/iOS/Symbian/Whirlpool-washing-machine OS.

jonobugs
April 29th, 2011, 02:00 PM
I'd love to switch over, but unfortunately, Windows has a death grip on me. Too many old apps that won't run in Ubunto. iTunes, myGarmin and MS office.

I realize that Ubuntu has an office app, and I've put some serious time into learning how to use the Script desktop publisher, but as my office uses Publisher, and it's too much of a hassle to switch back and forth.

I've recently upgraded to the 11.04 and now I'm searching how to fix my updated computer (I'm running a dual boot system with 2 hard drives and it always seems to cause problems)

Darn Grub thing isn't working....

Ethyrdude
April 29th, 2011, 04:30 PM
Wish I could, give me the games I love to play and I am there.

K_45
April 29th, 2011, 10:13 PM
Even though I have switched, I'll always have a copy of Windows on my gaming PC. That shiny $2,000 box isn't going to play any game straight up with any copy of Linux (yet). For all other work I'm at my other desktop running some version of Linux, which is likely to change very frequently.

kev77
April 29th, 2011, 10:20 PM
6 years windows free, i was given a macbook pro as a swap for my aspire one netbook,and i dual boot osx, although i use the osx side less these days, i'm just used to gnome and cant see me ever changing from linux.

Welly Wu
April 29th, 2011, 10:44 PM
I stopped using Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit, Professional 64 bit, and Ultimate 64 bit as of today. I downloaded and I installed Ubuntu 11.04 64 bit Natty Narwhal. I visited Secunia and looked into the vulnerability database for Ubuntu 10.10 and Microsoft Windows 7. I found that Ubuntu 10.10 had all of its security advisories listed as patched while Microsoft Windows 7 has eight percent of its security advisories listed as not patched yet. Of this eight percent, 60 percent are listed as remote access and two percent are still rated highly critical.

Microsoft does a good job of patching its software except when they come to their own conclusion that disagrees with a security advisory listed by another vendor. In these small cases, they do not put out the patches necessary to fix outstanding vulnerabilities. So, Microsoft customers and users are left with software that have security exploits.

I am a graduate student pursuing a Masters of Science in IT Administration and Security at New Jersey Institute of Technology. They require faculty, staff, and students to use Microsoft Windows specifically Windows 7 Professional 64 bit both on and off campus.

I value my data security and personal privacy. Knowing what I do know about those topics, I just do not feel safe enough to use Microsoft Windows for my personal and academic data any longer. I just hope that I will be able to graduate with my degree by December 2012 from NJIT by using Ubuntu GNU/Linux.

We shall see.

arkanabar
April 30th, 2011, 02:30 AM
I started dual-booting PCLOS with WinME ... I forget when. Changed Win over to Win2kpro. Win2kpro continually got more and more cranky, truncating or corrupting large files (like YouTube videos, or big webcomics). The only reason I would boot into Win2k was to play World of Warcraft.

Then in 2008, Blizzard launched Wrath of the Lich King ... WITHOUT support for Win2k. I didn't have the money to upgrade to XP. I went to WineHQ and learned that Linux Mint 6 provided Gold support with Wine for WOTLK. I installed it, got it to work, and blew out my Win2k partition and have not looked back since, only forward to other distros. Currently, I'm using CrunchBang 10 Statler (based very closely on Debian Squeeze), Lubuntu 10.10, and PCLOS 2010.12 KDE.

I don't have an opinion about Unity. I haven't used gnome very much for the past year or so, and so Unity likely won't affect me .... unless it gets pulled in if/when I upgrade Lubuntu Meerkat to Narwhal.

Lachinchon
May 1st, 2011, 03:55 AM
I have been using linux for about 4 years now (mainly Ubuntu, but tried a few other distros as well), and I as much as I really really want to be a disciple, Windows 7 kicks its ***. Why?

1. The sound subsystem in Ubuntu is horrible, and seems to be completely ignored in each new iteration.
2. Hardware compatibility is still a major pain. Trying to get wi-fi adapters configured (most have no linux drivers) is nigh impossible. Natty refuses to let me configure sli. My optical drives are completely unrecognized. Etc.
3. The terminal is an anachronism, but in linux it is unavoidable.
4. Games games games. "Amnesia" is the only thing that comes close to a high quality Windows game.
5. Style points. As far as graphics, colors, and desktop eye candy, if Windows is the poor sister to Apple, Linux is the backwoods cousin with the velvet Elvis painting in the living room.
6. No offense to anyone, but although Ubuntu is touted as having an eager and helpful user community, I find a lot of condescension and outright insulting to anyone not deemed a member of the club, i.e. a newbie trying to clear up problems and confusions, no matter how elementary they may be. Yes, there is certainly some of that in the Windows community, too, but there seem to be more Windows people willing to assist without being judgmental.

I am not giving up on Ubuntu, yet (and I will give Unity more of a chance, although right now it seems like a major step backward), but for now I am reluctantly unconverted.

K_45
May 1st, 2011, 04:49 AM
I have been using linux for about 4 years now (mainly Ubuntu, but tried a few other distros as well), and I as much as I really really want to be a disciple, Windows 7 kicks its ***. Why?

1. The sound subsystem in Ubuntu is horrible, and seems to be completely ignored in each new iteration.
2. Hardware compatibility is still a major pain. Trying to get wi-fi adapters configured (most have no linux drivers) is nigh impossible. Natty refuses to let me configure sli. My optical drives are completely unrecognized. Etc.
3. The terminal is an anachronism, but in linux it is unavoidable.
4. Games games games. "Amnesia" is the only thing that comes close to a high quality Windows game.
5. Style points. As far as graphics, colors, and desktop eye candy, if Windows is the poor sister to Apple, Linux is the backwoods cousin with the velvet Elvis painting in the living room.
6. No offense to anyone, but although Ubuntu is touted as having an eager and helpful user community, I find a lot of condescension and outright insulting to anyone not deemed a member of the club, i.e. a newbie trying to clear up problems and confusions, no matter how elementary they may be. Yes, there is certainly some of that in the Windows community, too, but there seem to be more Windows people willing to assist without being judgmental.

I am not giving up on Ubuntu, yet (and I will give Unity more of a chance, although right now it seems like a major step backward), but for now I am reluctantly unconverted.

1) Er, what?
2) Did you bother trying as it sounds like you give up too easily?
3) The terminal is more efficient than any resource hungry GUI. Anything you run on a GUI is running a command in the background anyway.
4) I agree, but this is why I built a separate Windows only games machine that is only for games. Best of both worlds.
5) Try different distro's. And who cares? Apple is an overpriced joke anyway. Do you use a PC for work or to see how many effects it can produce?
6) I'm not surprised.

Telengard C64
May 1st, 2011, 06:09 AM
1. The sound subsystem in Ubuntu is horrible, and seems to be completely ignored in each new iteration.

This problem seems intractable. It isn't new and it isn't unique to Ubuntu.

http://www.google.com/search?q=linux%20sound%20mess

Ken UK
May 1st, 2011, 01:06 PM
I have because my hard drive failed and lost my OEM licence for Windows XP. Linux can't do everything I want like play games and run specialist software but my computer is 5 years old so it hardly makes sense to get another copy of Windows for it. I might get one when I get a new computer.

I also dual boot OSX and Ubuntu on my Macbook.

Fedz
May 1st, 2011, 01:38 PM
Ubuntu is default OS on booting but, have WinXP Pro on 2nd HD but, never boot into it unless my partner & or I have a desperate need ... which is never 8)

AmpersUK
May 1st, 2011, 01:48 PM
I have finally completely removed all Microsoftware from my Desktop, Notebook and Netbook. I am now in the process of removing Wine from my desktop.

Discussions are going on between myself and "She who must be obeyed" with the objective of removing Windows from her desktop.

We are reached the first stage of installing Firefox and LibreOffice and I think a new outfit (dress, shoes and handbag) might sway the deal - I am saving up as I type. I am keeping silent at present about a long weekend in Paris and hope to save a few bob :-)

Ampers

child
May 1st, 2011, 04:53 PM
I switched to linux distros three years ago, and still use them. My only annoyance is the windows-button. I want to buy a laptop but so far I was unable to find any retailer that ships in Europe and sells it's products with custom keys as system76 does in the U.S.A. By having a GNU or debian button instead of the windows-button, I'd get rid of the last connection I have with M$.

guraknugen
May 1st, 2011, 08:16 PM
I switched to linux distros three years ago, and still use them. My only annoyance is the windows-button. I want to buy a laptop but so far I was unable to find any retailer that ships in Europe and sells it's products with custom keys as system76 does in the U.S.A. By having a GNU or debian button instead of the windows-button, I'd get rid of the last connection I have with M$.

The Asus Eee PC 900, at least the one that comes with Linux (the worst distribution ever, by the way, I replaced it almost immediately), has another symbol on the ”Windows” key. Looks like a house, kind of.

aljazek
May 1st, 2011, 08:38 PM
About 2 years ago I started using dual boot...and I noticed that windows part was almost never used after that...so for about a year I am using just clean installed linux distributions, no dual boot. I felt lost few days ago, when I saw Win7 on faculty computers :-)

oarion7
May 2nd, 2011, 12:28 AM
I have been using linux for about 4 years now (mainly Ubuntu, but tried a few other distros as well), and I as much as I really really want to be a disciple, Windows 7 kicks its ***. Why?

1. The sound subsystem in Ubuntu is horrible, and seems to be completely ignored in each new iteration.
2. Hardware compatibility is still a major pain. Trying to get wi-fi adapters configured (most have no linux drivers) is nigh impossible. Natty refuses to let me configure sli. My optical drives are completely unrecognized. Etc.
3. The terminal is an anachronism, but in linux it is unavoidable.
4. Games games games. "Amnesia" is the only thing that comes close to a high quality Windows game.
5. Style points. As far as graphics, colors, and desktop eye candy, if Windows is the poor sister to Apple, Linux is the backwoods cousin with the velvet Elvis painting in the living room.
6. No offense to anyone, but although Ubuntu is touted as having an eager and helpful user community, I find a lot of condescension and outright insulting to anyone not deemed a member of the club, i.e. a newbie trying to clear up problems and confusions, no matter how elementary they may be. Yes, there is certainly some of that in the Windows community, too, but there seem to be more Windows people willing to assist without being judgmental.

I am not giving up on Ubuntu, yet (and I will give Unity more of a chance, although right now it seems like a major step backward), but for now I am reluctantly unconverted.

In terms of number six, assuming you are predominately referring to the community as it exists on this website, I must vehemently disagree. I began using GNU/Linux in the form of Ubuntu with only this community as support (about as long ago as you did), and never received the kind of condescending treatment you've describing here. I have always felt welcome, even recognized and respected as a part of the community from my first posts, and I have always found the community to be helpful when so able. Perhaps you are confusing pride or arrogance with just frustration with rude and oftentimes evidently unintelligent individuals who attempt to "use" the experience of the community without any wish for contributing to it, and do so without demonstrating of any understanding as it pertains to "googling it." When people are treated like mineral resources or raw materials to be extracted, they have every right to get a little surly.

screaminj3sus
May 2nd, 2011, 02:37 AM
I get closer to switching over to linux on my laptop every year. ATI drivers keep holding me back though. They work mostly now (no more tearing, acceptable performance) but compiz isn't as smooth as aero, and scrolling isn't as smooth as on windows.

Gerontion
May 2nd, 2011, 11:57 AM
I've only booted windows once in the last couple of months and that was to burn a dvd with idx subtitles; I'm sure there must be a workaround for this but I haven't got around to finding it. Other than that, I can't think of anything that I need windows for.


In terms of number six, assuming you are predominately referring to the community as it exists on this website, I must vehemently disagree.Me too.

guraknugen
May 2nd, 2011, 03:56 PM
About 2 years ago I started using dual boot...and I noticed that windows part was almost never used after that...so for about a year I am using just clean installed linux distributions, no dual boot. I felt lost few days ago, when I saw Win7 on faculty computers :-)

I dual booted until a few days ago. I had Ubuntu on one partition and OpenSUSE on another one. And I had a few more partitions, like one for /home and so on. However, I threw OpenSUSE out last weekend, because I never logged in to it anyway.

jchw
May 2nd, 2011, 05:37 PM
I ditched Windows Vista about 5 months ago and have been 100% Linux since then using Ubuntu 10.10. I have not missed Windows at all. I also have a dual boot into Mint but never go into it and use Ubuntu 100%. I have not yet upgrade to 11.04 due to the Unity issue as I hate large icons and wish to stay with the current desktop.

Frankiewizard
May 2nd, 2011, 05:59 PM
Since I put ubuntu in my computer about two years ago I do 90 % of my work with it unfourtunutly w****** I do still use because if you do stage lighting for groups playing in gigs or lighting design you can do this only with a w****** machine or a m**.

I do look out for LinuX software now & then so the day may come when I go to do a gig I may be doing it with a LinuX UbuntU programme.

Regards...............

johnnyredshirt
May 3rd, 2011, 07:12 AM
Hey Y'all, The first distro I installed was Mandrake 6.0. I have been using ubuntu since about 2006. Can I play Fallout New Vegas, The Crysis games, Elder Scrolls, the Civilizations, etc, etc? I know PC gaming is an expensive hobby especially now with the consoles on the verge of having acceptable graphics (if only they had acceptable input devices). I'd love to never give another cent to Gates (thank God I don't a reason to give money to Jobs) but until I can play on linux Mr. Bill still has a hook in me.

-=hazard=-
May 3rd, 2011, 01:58 PM
I dont like to use windows from long time now, but I have to use it @work. Anyway windows isn't welcome @ my home :D

Nerotriple6
May 3rd, 2011, 02:06 PM
The only thing that remains from my old Windows time is my music drive which is NTFS. Completely switched, don't miss it. :D

NoNameWill
May 4th, 2011, 05:18 PM
Going on one year this month. Not being much of a gamer except some old Dos/win9x games. I see no point to using windows anymore.

piro_ko88
May 4th, 2011, 11:32 PM
Only thing I have it for is games.
In fact I'm excited to have found the following link for FREE stickers to replace that perpetual reminder: The windows key.
Check it out:
System76 - Ubuntu Linux - Community - Free Stickers (http://www.system76.com/article_info.php?articles_id=9)

Once they arrive my laptop will be as beautiful as it will ever be. :D

sailor420
May 5th, 2011, 08:40 PM
Only thing I use Windows for anymore is gaming. And my work laptop, but that's not something I have control over. Otherwise, 100% Ubuntu.

Fedz
May 5th, 2011, 08:55 PM
Only thing I have it for is games.
In fact I'm excited to have found the following link for FREE stickers to replace that perpetual reminder: The windows key.
Check it out:
System76 - Ubuntu Linux - Community - Free Stickers (http://www.system76.com/article_info.php?articles_id=9)

Once they arrive my laptop will be as beautiful as it will ever be. :D
Nice link - appreciated :)

I just bought a big 'Linux Inside' sticker from this thread (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1739200) in Art & Design (http://ubuntuforums.org/forumdisplay.php?f=16) sub-forum :)

BillybobT
May 6th, 2011, 07:57 PM
I tried Ubuntu for the first time a little over 2 years ago. Previously, my first attempt at Linux was Red Hat, circa 1997/98.

My reason for trying Ubuntu was getting so tired of waiting for the darn thing to boot. Can't remember why I chose Ubuntu, but I'm glad I did. Did the dual-boot thing for a while. Installed it on my laptop and spare computer. Found myself using the Linux most of the time. Discovered Virtualbox and got rid of the Windows partition on my main computer. There were only a few apps that I needed XP for that didn't play nice with WINE.

Lately, I found myself needing something worthwhile that worked with the Silicon Dust HDHomerun OTA receiver. Mythbuntu was a bust. Also, it turns out that Netflix has decided that they will probably NEVER support Linux for watch instantly.

So I broke down and bought 4 more gigs of memory for my i3 machine and also got Win 7 Home Premium.

Two major problems, one of which nobody here can easily help me with. Don't know why, but it takes forever to boot Win 7.

The one I'm hing for help with is putting GRUB back on the machine after installing Windoze. The partition with Maverick is still intact. I thought about doing a complete re-install using Mint or Pinguy or Maverick. I really don't want to make the switch to Natty because I'm not a big fan of Unity on a desktop machine.

guskico
May 6th, 2011, 08:20 PM
I dual-boot Kubuntu and XP.
Kubuntu is what I use for almost everything, but I still need Windows for my gaming fix.
I can't complain.
Both are OSs that do what they are meant to do and that's good enough for me.
I understand it.
http://freeimagestocks.com/content/20/grey.png

axumus
May 12th, 2011, 07:49 AM
I completely switched from Windows to Ubuntu 10, and instead of going back to Windows when I run into a problem, I just work on it until it's resolved. I've learned so much this way.

Ubuntu for life!

robinparriath
May 13th, 2011, 05:46 AM
I've been using Ubuntu exclusively for the past 1.5 years. I recently got an internship in a company that runs only windows seven... :roll: the offer is too good to pass up and even if I did, at my place, none of the companies use linux anyway. ](*,)
Still, my home comp will always be linux. 8-)

Regoi
May 13th, 2011, 06:20 AM
Getting rid of of the window's partition (especially in OEM machines where you don't have the original CD)would be a bit of a waste. For me, even if I did have the CD, I would still keep my windows partition (as Wine is not sure-fire by any means). You don't know when you will have to use a program/game that does not work in Wine. I would just make that partition at OS minimum levels.

Even better, if you have the CD, just run it in VirtualBox xP

peyre
May 13th, 2011, 02:39 PM
True, but I don't waste a whole partition on Windows, plus dual-booting is a hassle. I installed VirtualBox and I run Windows in a virtual machine if I need to run a Windows program that Wine doesn't handle well.

LonelyAspie
June 4th, 2011, 09:52 PM
I complete switched to Linux Ubuntu in Mid-January this year. So far, I haven't looked back. I used to a be a Windows fan too, lol.

rmcellig
June 5th, 2011, 12:37 AM
That's great LonelyAspie. Is there anything you find that you can't do in Linux that you were able to in Windows?

MasterNetra
June 5th, 2011, 04:08 AM
Holy crap this thread is still alive? This thing is more then 6 years old...

azim.charaniya
June 5th, 2011, 07:54 AM
I started using Ubuntu from MAY 2010 initially part time
but now i cant remember when i have used XP
just kept it in a 40Gb Spare Drive

DoFlooterMoose
June 5th, 2011, 09:00 AM
I did a fresh install of 10.10 in Jan. Completely wiped out Win7. Never plan on going back either. I still do Win upgrades n tweaks, etc... on peoples computers that I work on. Every time I fix one it just reminds me of why I switched to Linux. I wont lie... it has been a learning curve. But the family of Ubuntu users are amazing to say the least. Much thanks to all that has helped me learn what I have so far. Cant wait to see what's next! :D

Mantorp
June 5th, 2011, 10:54 AM
I was awakened when I tried Dapper Drake. Since than I always used dual boot with windows, because I was a hardcore gamer. Than in 2009 my PC died and I bought a Netbook. Since than I always use Ubuntu and nothing else.
No more games finally :D ..except I sometimes play Wesnot, which is the best game EVER :P

Yesterday I formated my Netbook and tried Natty. I hate Unity, so I use Gnome2 with Clearlooks theme :P

Never look back at Windows!

Kromgol
June 5th, 2011, 12:57 PM
Dual-booting Arch and Windows 7 mainly due to me playing some games once in a while, and when i do, i want acceptable performance without bugs.

Brian0312
June 5th, 2011, 06:09 PM
I haven't used Windows at home since January. The only reason I keep it on the computer is to appease others in the house. They don't use Windows either, but they just can't let go of the feeling that they should have it on the computer. I suppose I'd still need it to load my iPod, but I'd rather have it launch in a virtual machine than the current dual boot I have. I'd get much more usable space for Linux.

In terms of troubleshooting, at least there is a community to ask for help with Linux, when your windows machine acts up, you either have to pay someone for help, read a bunch of manuals, or like most people, just live with it and hope that update Tuesday will get it done for you.

ADDuhh
June 6th, 2011, 12:29 AM
I'm pretty happy using ubuntu. Its been my primary 8.10. I'm not very savvy with computer programming or languages but I do like getting under the hood and dink'n around. I appreciate the move towards the GUI and still having some control. The community is great and the only criticism I would have is that there is little support for people to progress into the system. It seem to me that everyone is expected to make a leap from novice to knowing the in, outs, and shortcuts of the language with no one or classes available to help one along the way. Please don't get me wrong I REALLY APPRECIATE all those who answer posts and give advice, and I must say most of you are very patient with use incompetents. Thank you from a 50ish YO whose only computer programming lessons were in Fortran thirty+ Years ago (meaning all I remember is the name) and please give use some slack and some "medium level" instructions. As for Windows I have little patience for the whole "must have widows". I have a dual boot with vista but only booted to vista rarely(three or four time a year for updates of whatever).
I have XP on VBox because my employer has a hideous product called KRONOS (some kind of JAVA driven timekeeper that barley works on windows/ IE and MAC. Long story short - like it love it -
Thanks,
Your attention challenged

HipHopBlond
June 6th, 2011, 12:36 AM
You can say I'm a Linux noob, have used it before for a while, but it was too hard for me so I got back to Windows XP. Now when I have this netbook it will be useless to add windows on it as it's not that good for work... compiling... patching... programing... it's not what you put on a travel laptop computer which the netbook is.

Since I installed Linux on it I started learning it, a few times I was sure I'm gonna switch back to windows xp, but kept going and now I'm even thinking of installing linux to my deskop pc too :P I'm in love with it :D Only thing stopping me is that I can't connect my windows based mobile device to Linux computers in no f***ing way... and I can't switch the OS of the phone... stupid :(

Smooth Operator
June 6th, 2011, 12:38 AM
Not Yet I Still Share My Computer With My Sister :(

SoFl W
June 6th, 2011, 12:44 AM
I will update my earlier response, I installed WindowsXP in VirtualBox and now I can run my Blackberry software without having to reboot. That saves a lot of time and me letting out a heavy sigh when I set my dual boot to boot from Windows. Now maybe just get rid of the Windows partition.

Linuxratty
June 6th, 2011, 02:04 AM
I want to erase Windows but unfortunately, I'm still a gamer at heart.

I switched totally to Linux years ago. Not a gamer really.

TheSuperSteve
June 6th, 2011, 02:18 AM
I have to keep Windows installed for my girlfriend's sake (She's a gamer, i'm not) otherwise i would have wiped Windows from this computer long ago.

mörgæs
June 6th, 2011, 03:03 AM
Only thing stopping me is that I can't connect my windows based mobile device to Linux computers

Have you tried Gnokii?
http://www.gnokii.org/

It is in the repositories.

TeHana86
June 6th, 2011, 03:08 AM
Have dabbled with Linux over recent years but being only a part computer literate, only became a more frequent user with Ubuntu. Now very comfortable with it although don't venture too far from the user screens.

A main reason for switching to Ubuntu was disgust with M/S. Have had to buy ever more powerful pcs to keep the thing working with ever more hungry unreliable and costly M/S software.

Have erased anything M/S from this old AMD Athlon XP 2500+ with 512Kb RAM, the final straw being because Office refused to fully load because of RAM. Reformatted with Ubuntu only. And begun to explore

Would like to erase M/S from the other immensely powerful (by comparison) PC but family needs that for Office and games. Have not found Open Office to be compatible enough with M/S Office to be able to modify documents without completely wrecking documents (especially formatting) when sent back to work, but then different versions of M/S office do that well anyway - even within the same version there seems to be a random formatting process happening in the background - would have thought M/S could have sorted that out in the nn years they've been selling it. Multimate was years ahead, 20 years ago.

I can do everything I need to do on this old machine, even access e-mails at work, visit any web site. Its great, secure, stable, upwards and downwardly compatible, ......... a well thought through and efficient O/S and software source.

So I'm a convert and like the idea of Linux belonging to the community - people powered.

:wink:

d3fau1t
June 6th, 2011, 03:18 AM
Me.

I've had Ubuntu on my laptop since it came out, I use Studio 4 (http://getstudio4.com/) on my music studio PC, and I've got an Android phone.

prshah
June 6th, 2011, 04:46 AM
from this old AMD Athlon XP 2500+ with 512Kb RAM,
:wink:

Heh, you mean 512 MB ;)

raghudevan
June 6th, 2011, 07:07 AM
Well i've used Ubuntu and i've used Windows7, the only thing going for Ubuntu is that its free, and as far as system crashes go, i've used 7 from the time it released and i havent had a single crash whatsoever...

so for me shifting completly to Ubuntu is an unlikely situation... :)

Aquix
June 6th, 2011, 12:18 PM
Switched to Mandriva 2007 after a year of dualboot and there is no way I'm going to another os. In windows, and I can imagine osx, a lot of the things I do is battling restrictions to get things the way I want it. When I do something in linux I l don't but instead learn something new. And it's a comfort not to be completely lost no matter what computer I encounter

HipHopBlond
June 6th, 2011, 12:18 PM
Have you tried Gnokii?
http://www.gnokii.org/

It is in the repositories.

Thx for your reply, I just did... nothing, couldn't even execute right :(

Actually I've tried pretty much everything, the only thing I want is to access the mobile's file system and transfer files in and out... I'll be buying a bluetooth device for the laptop... won't install Linux on my Desktop PC until I find a way to use my USB cable with the phone on it, but still, I will keep it on my laptop :) (with the bluetooth device connected)

theorganloft
June 6th, 2011, 03:21 PM
I still use one Windows Laptop for travel but as soon as my IPAD and new Android shows up. Windows will probably be history.
I am liking Windows 7 though.

HipHopBlond
June 6th, 2011, 09:43 PM
Thx for your reply, I just did... nothing, couldn't even execute right :(

Actually I've tried pretty much everything, the only thing I want is to access the mobile's file system and transfer files in and out... I'll be buying a bluetooth device for the laptop... won't install Linux on my Desktop PC until I find a way to use my USB cable with the phone on it, but still, I will keep it on my laptop :) (with the bluetooth device connected)

OMG how come I didn't see this 15 times O_O


The program WM5torage (freely available) can be installed on your WM6 device, and upon connection with a computer your memory card is then mounted as a removable drive.

Windows Mobile Devices even have it integrated... All I had to do was activate it and reconnect it to the USB device.. voala, storage card mounted :guitar: another win for Ubuntu, 1 year more to learn it and I'll probably be ready to install it on my desktop PC too, and wipe out windows permanently :P

Too bad it doesn't browse Phone file system too... only storage card file system... never the less... it's enough for me!
:guitar::guitar::guitar:

mörgæs
June 6th, 2011, 10:17 PM
Good!

By the way, did you install Gnokii through Synaptic or by downloading from the web page?

HipHopBlond
June 7th, 2011, 12:19 AM
Good!

By the way, did you install Gnokii through Synaptic or by downloading from the web page?

Read carefully, Gnokii didn't even execute right... didn't work for me, all I had to do is activate a program called wm5storage on my Phone and reconnect it, tadaa USB MASS STORAGE Device 2.00 GB connected :)

Thx for your help though, I would have probably given up if it wasn't for you, and miss to read the line which tells me all I had to do was activate a program in my device, for the 16-th time :D

God Bless you :D

timZZ
June 7th, 2011, 01:28 AM
Other then Browser testing I am 100% Unix family machines but I do own 12 machines.

cyberhood
June 7th, 2011, 04:55 PM
I started out with a dual boot Windows XP and Kubuntu machine which I used for about a year in order to play around and learn before I finally made the switch to just GNU/Linux. Now I've been running a 100% GNU/Linux software for just over 2 years. Not only did I purge Windows® from my life but I also purged Hotmail®. Final step in Microsoft® purging to be made as soon as possible: Skype®.

dmathwizard
June 7th, 2011, 06:45 PM
I personally will never completely switch over to Linux. I use my Windows for graphics design, video chat, video editing and QuickBooks. Without alternatives in Linux that are viable I cannot leave it behind. ;)

SoFl W
June 7th, 2011, 09:32 PM
I personally will never completely switch over to Linux. I use my Windows for graphics design, video chat, video editing and QuickBooks. Without alternatives in Linux that are viable I cannot leave it behind. ;)


Thankfully there is a wink smiley.

JohnBoy99
June 7th, 2011, 10:01 PM
I have completely switched to Linux with the only exception being the use of MagicJack. But the company has said they will release a Linux version within a year.

ivarz_lv
June 9th, 2011, 07:58 AM
How I can see there's a lot of users who not completely switched on Linux cause they want to play their favorite games but many of them just can't run on Linux. Maybe it's worth to look at this new Linux gaming project? - http://linux4play.eu (http://linux4play.eu/)

bint
June 9th, 2011, 11:19 AM
Completely switched to Linux after more than 15 years on Apple Macs.
I'm fed up with Apple sucking megabytes of data I cannot control before I eventually get presented with the suitable updates. I know I could circumvent that, but I'm done with it.
And then I got this new smartphone, Desire HD with Android. More than Mint or Ubuntu it clearly shows that linux can indeed be stable, usable, fun and fast in everyday use.

I got a netbook last year. Tried out a dozen distros and hated most of them with all my heart. Ugly, crashing, not usable, crappy ... well I cursed my way through this. Oh, I had been trying to get some linux an a mac all these years but never succeeded an installation. Suse, bah! Gentoo, LOL. Yellowdog, hmpf? Mandrake, nearly ... argh. Every few months some people would tell me "now there's this new xyz-distibution which ist REALLY usable. REALLY, this time, I swear." It never was, until I tried out Mint (Jaunty then) und Ubuntu. And a lot of minor Distros until I was seriously convinced I can't get any better than those two for my needs.

Now Mint Katya ist sitting on my Netbook I. can't. stand. MS Windows, it is so messy and babbling and nauseating that I had to find an alternative. First I thought of getting LXDE for the sake of speed, but Katya is pretty *and* fast out of the box and I love working with it. I was even presented with a long sought feature that I was missing like forever: the option to put the damn window buttons on the left side of the window, click, done, thank you!
It is really a welcoming OS the way it gives me what I want and doesn't bother me with things I do not want. Menubar autohides, AWN gives me a few little applets on the left side. Wunderbar :-)

I do miss the look and feel of the Macbook a tiny little bit, but my two Samsungs, big blue and small white, are not ugly either.
The big blue one has Ubuntu Natty on it. Unity got me by surprise. At first I loved it, a little later I was disappointed that there are so few options to configure it. I decided to stick with Unity because I absolutely adore the way it elegantly saves space on the screen, especially the integration into the upper bar. I set the dash on autohide, disabled the superkey, now I use gnome-do (it is a little bit like the applekey-bar-launchfeature to me) and complete my needs by half a dozen nifty applets nicely displayed by AWN on the lower right side. Wunderbar again :-)
Last not least: found a script that "whitelists" all kinds of applications in the systray in the upper right corner - so, out went the useless ones, in came Pidgin notifications 8-)

The only thing worrying me is these "crashing issues of chromium with mint" that everybody seems to know about but somehow nobody knows a remedy. My chromium is running again as of this morning's tinkering...
Ah well and I got into a loooot of trouble when I replaced my initial 32 Bit Ubuntu (this was recommended) audaciously with the 64 Bit Ubuntu. Now I am back to 32 Bit, everything is very fine - and YES I am sure that I have definitely SWITCHED.

LLAP, bint *bowing*

jonathonblake
June 9th, 2011, 12:29 PM
MagicJack. But the company has said they will release a Linux version within a year.

Haven't they been saying that for the last three or four years?

jonathon

Copper Bezel
June 9th, 2011, 01:53 PM
Beside the point, I guess, but I really don't understand Magic Jack. It doesn't actually do anything that Google Voice doesn't do for free with a wireless headset.

RedLeg217
June 9th, 2011, 06:39 PM
I started using Ubuntu 9.10 primarily and exclusively six months later with 10.4. I'm a full time student so I am basically attached to my laptop. I haven't booted my MacBook in months (#&@! waste of money since I bought it a few months BEFORE I started using Linux. I wouldn't have needed a new laptop had I known better).

Lafe the Pox
June 19th, 2011, 03:46 PM
i must be honest in saying that this is the first time i ever even heard of this kind of OS but i was in a bind... i'm a college student once again and as the gods/universe would have it my Windows OS vomited on itself 1 week before class began, I am in no way a Computer savvy kind of guy but i'm willing to learn. so this is day 2 for me having this OS and its kind of hard finding your way around in this OS. my main concern is how do i make the desktop-isk look more usable? right now all i have is a side bar with little unfamiliar icons that seem to taunt me at every turn. first off it was kind of hard to understand how to even know that you had opened one or more "windows" but i got this now. i found this site due to the fact i have a Love of League of Legends, BUT there are no Op systems that help you with playing.. Sure i tried to down load wine but it does nothing but stare at me expecting me to know whats next... I have NO clue whats next, it opens prop windows(more No clue-ness) its kind of exciting like finding a new completely different race of people and trying to decode their language .... First feel free in telling me (or showing me) where to find the information i need to get this OS, thanks people ohh and yes i have Completely switched to (please god/universe help me) Linux

JonM33
June 19th, 2011, 05:31 PM
No matter how many times I have tried I just can't. I do enjoy trying out all the new distros in VMs or even on spare computers at work but it's a Windows world. Besides gaming there are too many Windows apps that I use that have no Linux equal. I also prefer a GUI environment and find that occasional moment where I need to use command line in Linux and it's just unacceptable to me. This is the year 2011. There shouldn't be any need for stuff from 20+ years ago.

But, like I said, I enjoy testing various distros as they come out to see how much Linux has progressed.

Bandit
June 19th, 2011, 05:39 PM
. There shouldn't be any need for stuff from 20+ years ago.

But, like I said, I enjoy testing various distros as they come out to see how much Linux has progressed.

Sounds like Linux isnt for you. But that "stuff from 20 years ago" is the reason Linux is a stable as it is today. Its Linux's modular design that makes things so stable, were as windows layed design make the whole OS crash if any part goes down.
The ONLY part that is layed in linux is the GUI over the CLI, but by keeping them non integrated together like you would like, this keeps the rest of the desktop from crashing if something goes wrong with the GUI, thus letting you restart each piece and never shut down. If Nautilus goes flop on Gnome you can just restart it. Most cases if Explore goes flop on windows, you restart the whole computer.. See the difference.

silex89
June 19th, 2011, 05:44 PM
I did the complete switch in the Hardy days, I was a hardcore gamer and I couldn't leave windows, but now I have the emulators that I love the most installed natively in Ubuntu (VisualBoyAdvance, Zsnes and Mupen64plus, all of them working great :D), plus UT2004 working too, what else could I ask for? :P

I have a home studio and the transition from Cubase 5 to Ardour GTK was HAAAARDD! but I'm hanging in there, learning more every day about it, my goal is to record a whole album with it and do the mixing and mastering successfully.


Regards :)

tatsuki
June 19th, 2011, 06:50 PM
I dual boot with Windows only because I like my gaming, but I plan to buy a laptop and when I do that it will be Ubuntu only! ;)

Thewhistlingwind
June 19th, 2011, 07:12 PM
There shouldn't be any need for stuff from 20+ years ago.


Actually, by layering the GUI over the CLI, you get one of the basic principles of Unix design, it's actually a carefully calibrated decision.

The reasoning goes like this:

If every program has a command line invocation, and theres Unix pipes available. Then one program can use the output of another in it's workings. This is why theres so many commands that do just one thing. They're meant to be standalone, but at the same time easily used by another program.

Example:

links <url> | grep <search terms>

By replacing the stuff in brackets with real arguments, you can parse webpages for different terms and output them. Conky is built on the concept of inter-operable parts. Someone used a trick very similar to this to get Conky to display the results of any currently playing football games with your team.

Because the entire GUI is built on top of the CLI, if the GUI breaks (Which happens very often, even with expert developers.) you can still use the underlying CLI to continue operating the system.

It also allows one to switch out GUI's, this is why we have KDE, Gnome, LXDE, Ratpoison XFCE, etc.

Because you develop the program first, then build a GUI later, a lot of functionality does not have a proper GUI implementation.

If you want to know more, read the art of Unix Programming by Eric Steven Raymond. (It's free)

peyre
June 19th, 2011, 09:32 PM
i must be honest in saying that this is the first time i ever even heard of this kind of OS but i was in a bind... i'm a college student once again and as the gods/universe would have it my Windows OS vomited on itself 1 week before class began, I am in no way a Computer savvy kind of guy but i'm willing to learn. so this is day 2 for me having this OS and its kind of hard finding your way around in this OS. my main concern is how do i make the desktop-isk look more usable? right now all i have is a side bar with little unfamiliar icons that seem to taunt me at every turn. first off it was kind of hard to understand how to even know that you had opened one or more "windows" but i got this now. i found this site due to the fact i have a Love of League of Legends, BUT there are no Op systems that help you with playing.. Sure i tried to down load wine but it does nothing but stare at me expecting me to know whats next... I have NO clue whats next, it opens prop windows(more No clue-ness) its kind of exciting like finding a new completely different race of people and trying to decode their language .... First feel free in telling me (or showing me) where to find the information i need to get this OS, thanks people ohh and yes i have Completely switched to (please god/universe help me) Linux

I'm glad you've found Ubuntu and are willing to put in the effort to learn the basics. If you're not liking the new "Unity" UI, you might try installing Xubuntu instead. I use it on my main computer because it's snappy, and has a nice clean blue look and feel, and I'm able to set it up to look and act a lot like good old Windows 2000.

Ah, Wine. Did you install it from Synaptic or the Ubuntu Software Center, or did you download it from the Wine Web site? If the latter, you might want to try installing it from the Software Center instead. Now, to get it running, all I've had to do is install it in the Software Center. Then you don't open Wine directly most of the time. When you install it from Synaptic or the Software Center at least, it associates .exe files with Wine--so when you put a CD in the drive and double-click on Setup.exe, it automatically opens it in Wine, and you run through the usual installation like you would in Windows--except it usually runs in a window rather than running full-screen. Then it often creates a shortcut to the program on your Ubuntu Desktop. If it doesn't, create a shortcut (called a "launcher" in Ubuntu) to the executable. You can find your Windows programs installed in .wine/drive_c/ under your user name--so on my system, I find them in /home/leon/.wine/drive_c/Games and /home/leon/.wine/drive_c/Program Files. (Having a dot at the start of a file name is Unix's/Linux's way of making files hidden--press Ctrl-H or click View, Show Hidden Files to make them visible in Nautilus.)

JonM33
June 20th, 2011, 01:06 AM
Sounds like Linux isnt for you. But that "stuff from 20 years ago" is the reason Linux is a stable as it is today. Its Linux's modular design that makes things so stable, were as windows layed design make the whole OS crash if any part goes down.
The ONLY part that is layed in linux is the GUI over the CLI, but by keeping them non integrated together like you would like, this keeps the rest of the desktop from crashing if something goes wrong with the GUI, thus letting you restart each piece and never shut down. If Nautilus goes flop on Gnome you can just restart it. Most cases if Explore goes flop on windows, you restart the whole computer.. See the difference.

20 years ago includes 5.25-inch floppies, cassette tapes and ISA slots. Honestly. Technology needs to advance.

Not sure how long it has been since you ran Windows? I keep my PC on 24/7 and run Windows 7. It has never crashed. The last time I had issues was on Windows Vista with nVIDIA drivers causing constant BSOD but that's not a Windows problem. I also used to have issues with Windows XP quite a bit though. Much has changed in the Windows world.

Here's my Windows Reliability report for the past 4 months for proof. No Windows crashes. The application failures are for poorly written crap like Wizard101 and Skype, which can easily happen in Linux. The misc failures are for power outages when my UPS ran out while I was at work, which no computer can run without power. Windows itself is 100% stable and I run my hardware overclocked quite a bit too.

http://img838.imageshack.us/img838/2685/windowsreliability.png

FYI that if Explorer errors out in Windows, with the exception of a BSOD, it will restart itself. If not you can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and bring up the Task Manager and manually start Explorer.exe under File > New Task (Run). Most people don't know about that though.

I'm actually going to be getting a laptop soon and will run Linux Mint on it or possibly Zorin OS. So Linux is for me, just not for desktop use as I use my desktop for too much stuff that Linux doesn't have options for. With a laptop it would be just e-mail and web use and I find nothing better for that then Linux.

JonM33
June 20th, 2011, 01:23 AM
I dual boot with Windows only because I like my gaming, but I plan to buy a laptop and when I do that it will be Ubuntu only! ;)

Same here. I think all laptops should come with some sort of Linux distro instead of Windows. Perfect environment for Linux to thrive in.

dances.with.ugly.women
June 20th, 2011, 02:18 AM
How's 98%. Would that be classified as complete? Hehehee.
I have Mint, Ubuntu on my desktops and laptops. I also have Peppermint, cause it's so lightweight, on a couple older laptops to bring their speed up to date. However, I keep one partition on a desktop for the odd occasion where only windows will do. These times are getting few and far between as the distros are advancing past Windows. I believe all O-Systems are tools and I like to keep a window-driver kicking around my tool box.

raja.genupula
June 20th, 2011, 02:25 AM
i am completely switched to ubuntu some times i nedd to go for windows for MASM at that tiime i will choose my friend systems . because i dont like to keep windows on my system.

peyre
June 20th, 2011, 05:16 AM
FYI that if Explorer errors out in Windows, with the exception of a BSOD, it will restart itself. If not you can press Ctrl+Shift+Esc and bring up the Task Manager

Whoa cool, I didn't know that keyboard shortcut. I'll have to keep it in mind--many's the time I've wanted to open Task Manager quickly, and the methods I knew before this--Ctrl-Alt-Del + wait for it to come up & right-click on Taskbar + wait for menu to come up--are awkward. Hats off for that one.


Same here. I think all laptops should come with some sort of Linux distro instead of Windows. Perfect environment for Linux to thrive in.

I hate to say it, but I understand why that isn't the case. It isn't just a matter of not preparing a Linux distro for your customers--you then have to support it, which is very costly. And then half to a third of your customers will complain that you didn't use their distro of choice. And all of that is for 1% of the OS install base. All told, it may be a net drag on revenue to include a Linux distro. It pains me, but those are the realities.

JonM33
June 20th, 2011, 11:41 AM
I hate to say it, but I understand why that isn't the case. It isn't just a matter of not preparing a Linux distro for your customers--you then have to support it, which is very costly. And then half to a third of your customers will complain that you didn't use their distro of choice. And all of that is for 1% of the OS install base. All told, it may be a net drag on revenue to include a Linux distro. It pains me, but those are the realities.

That's true. Then those OEM companies cannot install all their bloatware that they get paid to install on Windows.

mensfort
June 20th, 2011, 09:04 PM
I use Linux Mint Katya for 1 month... it starts in 20 seconds, where I need to wait 5 minutes for windows... and then it is still starting things... installing what I don't need and starting many backdoor tools...

I used to restart Windows daily several times, since linux this is not needed. Stability is extremely good!
anyhow, in Windows most software I used was alreay Linux: Firefox and Thunderbird.

as for games: All linux games are for free and there are some really good ones. Especially teeworlds and armagetronad are really good! Sometimes I miss killing the dino in tomb raider...

as for video: Openshot is really nice to use, but crashes every time i try to render. So I need to start Windows again with Magix Video Deluxe... also crashing and has memory leaks, but it works.

youbuntu
June 20th, 2011, 09:07 PM
What, are you crazy? A *total* switch? Whatever...

djembeing
June 21st, 2011, 03:53 AM
Had vista for 3 years. just seemed to get worse and worse. finally, a virus crippled my computer in the middle of a mixing project.
ran ubuntu live long enough to burn my files. clean install. Three months of no more problems. three months of dazzling screen effects, three months of free software, tweaking, impressing friends, finding out more everyday.
proud to be part of this community. Will never use windows again

coderand
June 22nd, 2011, 09:56 PM
I made a complete switch to Ubuntu. That lasted for about a year and a half. Then I started gaming and had to start using Windows again. Tried to make it work with Ubuntu/Wine, but had to many bugs.

I don't game as much now and so have been moving back into the Ubuntu/Linux environment. I must say that 11.04 is a big improvement. Unity is slowly growing on me. Will be nice when more customization abilities are added.

I'll probably dual boot Ubuntu/Windows for a while. But happy to say I wrote this from within Ubuntu, lol ;)

lmsg2011
June 23rd, 2011, 02:49 PM
I use Windows for my job ( I'm a Windows Systems Administrator) but other than that I've completely moved over to Linux at home. My other half uses Jolicloud on her laptop and I use Ubuntu. Having started using Ubuntu, properly, only very recently I already can't see me going back to Windows at home.

HanDez
June 23rd, 2011, 04:50 PM
Ever since I discovered it, it was all about Linux from then on.

DZ*
June 23rd, 2011, 05:54 PM
I didn't have anything to switch from. I put linux on my first computer in 1995. I tried Windows and Mac OS, but I didn't inhale.

Yeshining
June 24th, 2011, 04:08 AM
I completely use Ubuntu and enjoy it.
And I wish someday a new version linux os will be developed by me.
Wish some expert teach me,lead me into the linux world.;)

Thewhistlingwind
June 24th, 2011, 04:12 AM
Wish some expert teach me,lead me into the linux world.;)

Doesn't work like that man, this isn't the matrix.

The key to success is to accumulate little bits of knowledge, because that's all you can really do, but do it often, every day. Over time your little bits and pieces will start to connect together, until you have a strongly woven fabric of knowledge.

It's all useful eventually.

compmodder26
June 24th, 2011, 04:17 AM
Been Linux only for ~6 years.

markyblue
June 24th, 2011, 06:07 AM
Switched over just over a month ago, after experimenting with live cd versions for a little while. Most of my stuff has just worked right away, and the stuff that didn't took me just a couple of minutes on the forum to figure out how to get it working. I completely removed Windows from this box, but have it on the wifes laptop in case I need it for Netflix.

Papibryn
June 24th, 2011, 04:24 PM
At the young age of 72 I changed to Linux Ubuntu, with a new PC a very big learning curve. However I will not be going back to windows.

CaptainMark
June 24th, 2011, 06:07 PM
i love it, my work has changed all the pc's to linux (probaly about 10,000 pc's) and now i never have to encounter Bill Gates's horrific work. Yay for me!! I havent seen a windows pc in months

edit: infact i expect its way more than 10,000 probably nearer 15,000

Dry Lips
June 24th, 2011, 06:11 PM
i love it, my work has changed all the pc's to linux (probaly about 10,000 pc's) and now i never have to encounter Bill Gates's horrific work. Yay for me!! I havent seen a windows pc in months

edit: infact i expect its way more than 10,000 probably nearer 15,000
So... I don't mean to be overly curious, but... where do you work?

CaptainMark
June 24th, 2011, 06:15 PM
specsavers

Dry Lips
June 24th, 2011, 06:19 PM
specsavers
Awesome! I need new glasses! :cool:

autumnColors
June 24th, 2011, 06:20 PM
I moved from Vista to Ubuntu about 6 weeks ago because of some MS intrusion due to a MB upgrade. The first week felt a little brute force, but once a manual arrived it's been smooth sailing. I loaded Kubuntu, Mint, and Fedora once I got comfortable with the installation work. I'm back to just Ubuntu 11.04 again and will probably stay with it for another 6-12 mos and might try other distros then. I don't like Unity at all but the "Classic Ubuntu" (Gnome 2.x) is great. The biggest performance improvement when I made several h/w upgrades was the move to linux. I still can't believe that I never see memory usage go over 1GB.

CaptainMark
June 24th, 2011, 06:23 PM
Awesome! I need new glasses! :cool:
haha now you can get them in a windows free environment, a health and safety review probably found too many people are allergic to proprietary software

GM jones
June 25th, 2011, 03:36 AM
I only use unix like os's now except for at work.

Cant get the wife to switch though. It doesnt help when she sees me trying to build packages either. it looks like work to her.
To me it's control.

kkrueger
June 25th, 2011, 03:49 AM
I have been using Linux as a main OS for about a year now, before that I would only use it for coding. Considering the fact that I now only really use windows when working out bugs on Wine for game compatibility I think you can consider me fully switched.

Open-Source FTW

edit: My bad, I have to use autoCAD for engineering purposes..we need to get that going fully compatible!

divergex
June 25th, 2011, 05:45 AM
I still need to get a replacement for a couple apps, then it's full speed ahead.

Ralph Hinkley
June 25th, 2011, 07:43 AM
I have been using Ubuntu for about 2 years now. I love being able to get an older laptop on the cheap, wipe it's hard drive, put Ubuntu on it, and watch it perform like a new machine! I'm on 10.04 right now. I haven't tried Unity yet, because 10.04 works so well.

My workplace is still on Windows. (I.T. got mad at me when I put Ubuntu on my computer there, so I had to stop.) Still I consider myself fully switched.

trizrK
June 25th, 2011, 08:01 AM
I have been using Ubuntu for about 2 years now. I love being able to get an older laptop on the cheap, wipe it's hard drive, put Ubuntu on it, and watch it perform like a new machine! I'm on 10.04 right now. I haven't tried Unity yet, because 10.04 works so well.

My workplace is still on Windows. (I.T. got mad at me when I put Ubuntu on my computer there, so I had to stop.) Still I consider myself fully switched.
11.04 is great.
If you prefer the 'classic' ubuntu look you can switch to GNOME on the login screen.

kidknapp
June 25th, 2011, 08:10 AM
Ubuntu, for me, is the end result of curiosities about linux, but in hindsight was about understanding what an OS is(or isn't). After experimenting with thumbdrives (or pendrives depending on where in the web you are), and live cds of different distros I found Ubuntu the most comfortable to me. I went from running it as a VM to Wubi. I eventually found I was using Ubuntu more than Windows and used it on its own dedicated partition. I always create dual-boots with Ubuntu and Windows simply for those times some need arises-and for practice for all the Windows people I still have to help.:( But i find I almost never run Windows and when i do I get so annoyed at the programs that each go through their own update cycles because I've neglected booting it for so long....I Love Ubuntu and GNU/Linux/FOSS!
I even got giddy went they switched all of our remote-terminals at work to a homebrewed distro using XFCE for the DE!:P

peyre
June 27th, 2011, 05:13 AM
I moved from Vista to Ubuntu about 6 weeks ago because of some MS intrusion due to a MB upgrade. The first week felt a little brute force, but once a manual arrived it's been smooth sailing. I loaded Kubuntu, Mint, and Fedora once I got comfortable with the installation work. I'm back to just Ubuntu 11.04 again and will probably stay with it for another 6-12 mos and might try other distros then. I don't like Unity at all but the "Classic Ubuntu" (Gnome 2.x) is great. The biggest performance improvement when I made several h/w upgrades was the move to linux. I still can't believe that I never see memory usage go over 1GB.

Way to go autumnColors! You might look into the lightweight variants (Xubuntu and Lubuntu); they don't use Unity at all, and they're even snappier than main Ubuntu. I have an old laptop running Lubuntu, and it's surprisingly fast with only 256MB of RAM.

thedarryl
June 27th, 2011, 06:24 AM
Abandoned ms windows about nine months ago and never looking back! :mrgreen:

aviedw
June 27th, 2011, 03:41 PM
This is an ever evolving thread. I've been with Linux since Fedora core 3 came out then i moved to between Suse and Mandraken. I've now resided with Ubuntu. I am very tempted to test Mint but in all i must say that i am now much more comfortable with Linux than i am with any other operating system. I found Windows to be trouble some with my constant worry of viruses and getting upset because i could never fix my own software problems. Linux provides my life with freedom, flexibility and stability.

CaptainMark
June 27th, 2011, 04:41 PM
ive been with linux since this thread started, aaaaaaah those were the days

aykoola
June 27th, 2011, 07:14 PM
I have made a complete transition from W7 to Ubuntu in a single day. Then again, i don't have a problem with only windows compatible programs since i only use office programs and media players (i'm a literature student). I am definitely glad to get unhooked from games. I love Ubuntu, it looks good, works fast, it's free. I love the whole philosophy behind it.

MadPoet
June 29th, 2011, 09:49 AM
I just made the switch. I had been using a Linux distro (either Ubuntu or Jolicloud) as a secondary OS for some time now, just in case Windows went nuts, but I barely used it. Suddenly, the wireless card on my laptop went dead on Windows but is still fully functional on Ubuntu, so I decided (read "was forced to") to leave uncle Bill's OS for good. I'm still struggling to adapt and there are some programs I will miss dearly (so long, OneNote!) but I hope I'll enjoy the ride

Iuly
June 29th, 2011, 12:11 PM
I switched 5 years ago. All in a day without knowing anything about Ubuntu. Since then, I never went back to windows.

simpleblue
June 30th, 2011, 02:08 AM
Got a new laptop after a couple of years Windows-free and I decided to try Windows out just so I could play some games.

The experience of Windows 7 was no better then XP:

- Countless popups and info bubbles
- Almost every program install asking me to install a toolbar
- Rebooting like a maniac to install programs
- The constant worry of getting a virus

I only used to play games. One week later I wiped it with Linux. Will try in 2 more years.

pjd99
June 30th, 2011, 03:12 AM
First tried Red Hat 4.2 back in 1999. A friend and I were allowed to do what we wanted with one of the dying computers at high school so we tried to install Linux on it. Failed miserably after getting stuck trying to partition the hard drive...

Dual booted Mandrake 9/10 with Windows XP on my old Athlon XP 1800+ system.

Mandrake then Feisty RC5 on my old software RAID server/firewall box (PIII 700 MHz). Then bad mobo caps killed it. :(

TV machine - VIA EPIA M10000 - Single boot XP till server died. Then made it software RAID server, first Feisty then Hardy.

Dual booted XP with Warty/Hoary then Debian testing on my Inspiron 8600 laptop. Then single booted with XP for a while, then single booted Jaunty, now dual boot it with XP and Lucid. Use it as a media pc since the internal screen died.

Current machine - Vostro 1710, wiped the pre-loaded Vista before booting it the first time, installed Intrepid Ibex (x64) and ran it single boot for 2 years. After 2 years of Intrepid, installed a new HD, dual booted maverick and Vista 32-bit (for Starcraft II). Upgraded Vista to Win 7 64-bit, and Maverick to Natty.

No troubles at work as I use my own machine. VM's are great for PLC/HMI programming software, Evolution connects to the Exchange server, I can use all the different printers, log on to the AD domain and have no access issues with the windows-based network. Only had to convince IT to set the password never expires flag on my account.

Now when I use windows I get frustrated very quickly at the simple things that don't work. e.g. mouse wheel scroll doesn't work if the window isn't in focus (although I find myself spending a lot more time in windows since the upgrade to Natty - go figure...)

Probably will switch completely when I can get the games I like to run acceptably under wine/playonlinux/cedega/crossover whatever.

Timmer1240
June 30th, 2011, 05:13 AM
I use Linux wife uses Windows 7 I always hear her say this thing is so screwed up stuff like that referring to her machine I clean it up then a week or two later the talk about it being screwed up starts in again its a constant battle!On Mine Ive been running Mint Debian for half a year still snappy as ever no major headaches with it just gotta watch for updates which may break things but have had a great experience so far running it.

d3v1150m471c
June 30th, 2011, 05:33 AM
Windows lasts about as long as it takes me to remove a laptop from a box and pop in a live cd.

wolfen69
June 30th, 2011, 05:43 AM
Probably will switch completely when I can get the games I like to run acceptably under wine/playonlinux/cedega/crossover whatever.

Why fight it? It's not against the law to run windows and take advantage of what they do best. I'm one of the biggest linux advocates around, but even I realized that windows is good at certain things. Now my windows install is now like my xbox. Good for games and not much else.

peyre
June 30th, 2011, 04:19 PM
I don't know, maybe I'm lucky (or maybe it's just that I don't play too many brand-new games, which tend to be more hit or miss in Wine)--but most of the games I want to play work pretty well in Wine.

ScionicSpectre
June 30th, 2011, 06:28 PM
I totally switched at one point, for a very long time, and even continued to do my design work within Linux. I would use Photoshop and 3ds Max in WINE for the occasional issues with CMYK or 3D format incompatibility with Blender.

However, after a while I decided to go for dual-booting. I decided that I wanted open software (to a reasonable degree) on my desktop, including my graphics drivers. So instead of using WINE, I decided to just keep those applications on the Windows side of things and use them on the rare occasions I needed them. It just felt more appropriate than using WINE, since I did occasionally need things like After Effects, and it would be a shame to go into the studio just to get a little video editing done.

I'll soon have a computer that's fast enough to run those things smoothly in VirtualBox, however, so I probably won't be dual-booting at all in the future.

For people who aren't hardcore PC gamers, it seems that Autodesk and Adobe are the big hurdles. Autodesk, luckily, does release a lot of their software for Linux, and Blender does most of the gaming/animation stuff to an exceeding level of proficiency, as to make some Autodesk products obsolete (we still have the issue of AutoCAD, obviously). So Autodesk isn't so much of a problem outside of AutoCAD even for 3D professionals.

The big, burgeoning mass of vishnu schist before us is Adobe Creative Suite.

The main issue is with functionality that just plain doesn't exist in our important multimedia applications. GIMP has no support for editing CMYK images while looking at them, no LAB/Pantone support, and lacks some important non-destructive tools (although this is coming very soon for GIMP 3.0 in a couple years or so).

Inkscape rocks the casbah, I don't think Illustrator has much on it so far as the essentials are concerned.

Scribus needs bleeds support badly (and maybe an updated toolkit), Kompozer is the closest thing we have to Dreamweaver (even though everyone knows real web developers use a text editor/web IDE ;) ), Synfig/CinePaint are the closest things to replacing any fuctionality from After Effects (we basically don't have an alternative to After Effects), and a few more outstanding issues.

And, in general, the UIs vary drastically among our multimedia applications, which is to be expected and perhaps embraced, but some of the designs are downright ugly or need some revisions to bring them to their full potential.

But if you're not a serious designer, or you don't have a very technical job at all, (and you don't take PC gaming too seriously) there's very little point in using anything but Linux. I look forward to the day that I can say goodbye to Adobe, and we have the potential to bring that day ever closer if we take the right steps with our software.

But, worst case scenario, I have to use closed software occasionally for a business-related task in a sandboxed Windows installation, with reasonably well supported software that has decent quality. The best of the worst, you could say. I don't see this as a failure for open source at all- it is only a sign of how very few steps away we are from liberation (and putting thousands of software developers out of business... oh crap).

But honestly, I think if we promote SVG, ORA, and other open standards in our open applications, and buy alternatives to Adobe's software in the meantime, it will make our case that much stronger when we have all the functionality we need. It's not important to me that everyone uses open source software- only that most everyone CAN use open source software, with minimal effort.

SniperWolf13
June 30th, 2011, 07:37 PM
If my bean count isn't a tell, I'm new to Linux and well, I have few if any regrets in switching.

Sure, there's some leg work in getting a few things to work and things are in slightly different places, but how is that any different than upgrading from Windows XP to *shudder* Vista, and then to 7? At least with Linux distros the developers don't move the cheese nearly as much as the development teams at Windows. Not only that, I switched as a direct result of my computer being hijacked by a bot of some kind, so security was a big thing for me after that.

Have I switched completely? Well yes...at home. That's where the real fun happens and I have started in on a new pet project of creating a mobile development environment. Presently, I have a 500GB HDD that I've got primed and ready to put on Natty and KDevelop for the purpose of having a sandbox (with plenty of room) to play with C, C++ and Perl (and maybe Java later).

Regrettably, I also have to remember how to use Windows products because I use those on the job and get daily reminder of why I switched at home. The slowness, the constant updates and restarting, yodda, yodda, yodda...I don't really miss it.

jesseconibear
June 30th, 2011, 07:49 PM
I just did a fresh intall of xubuntu 11.04 on my 5 year old laptop. No more windows xp at all on the hard. took a bit to get it setup nicely, but now it lightning fast (relatively speaking).

only problem i have is that my radeon 9100 IGP does not have its 3d supported. oh well, i am mostly finished with gaming anyways.

pithy_pinto
July 1st, 2011, 01:00 PM
The last time I installed Ubuntu, I went with a complete switch. But it didn't work out very well... the person who set it up for me (as I was quite green and nervous) left several major flaws that made computing very difficult. I wasn't able to connect to any printers or wireless networks, which wouldn't have been a huge issue if I had had a fallback option or the time/expertise to fix those issues myself, but I didn't.

This time, I had someone with considerably more knowledge and experience help me install Ubuntu, and I'm running it in a different partition. I didn't touch the Windows partition, and I haven't used it since installing Ubuntu, but it gives me some peace of mind knowing that if I screw something up and don't have the time/knowledge to fix it, I have something to fall back on if I really need it.

quatoria
July 1st, 2011, 07:12 PM
I completely moved onto linux with 8.04. it just worked.

i kept windows Xp for work on a smaller works netbook as I had to.

Now however I am going back. Natty is rubbish, I just don't like the interface, I can't find my software, I can't get comfortable with the stupid left hand pane, yet I can live with them I suppose. To me it the internals that seem to be broken. I can't get the networks to run as fast as they were, I can't get the wireless to connect as often and I just can't get the same speed out of the same hardware from 10.10, though I was keen on that. to me 9.10 was the best. It seems as if something somwhere it broken, or blocked or clogged up and it runs hotter, slower and generally after clicking on an icon in the silly left pane it takes around ten seconds of flashing icons before I see something.

My netbook is dual boot and I am writing this in XP because it took 45 minutes on 11.04 to fail to connect to my hotels wireless network, it took XP 25 seconds and I was hoping there was a quick fix on these forums too try and get something useful out of natty.

Here is to doing some thing useful with the software for 11.10 and not just trying to make things pretty all the time, but I have to alter grub to start in XP now. Luckily my desktop is still 9.10 and that runs fine.

BuntuNooob
July 1st, 2011, 08:54 PM
I have been windows free for 1yr and I plan to stay that way. I don't see a need for windows for gaming since I game on console systems. For me, linux has been able to do everything I need.

SteveTyrer
July 2nd, 2011, 01:22 PM
90% Linux now with a server and two lap tops all running Ubuntu. The only things that i have to keep on Windows is my media server as i use AnyDVD and and CloneDVD from Slysoft and they will only work with Windows. If Slysoft gives a option of Linux Windows will be history on my system.
All the best

Steve

lostnforest
July 2nd, 2011, 05:43 PM
I've been windows free for over four years and I don't miss windoze one little bit. There's a hard drive in one of my desk drawers with windows7 on it, it is there collecting dust in case I was have a hardware issue I can't solve in Linux.

danyc05
July 11th, 2011, 07:44 PM
I am going into college starting this fall and I had a new laptop that I bought this year. At first I was very scared of completely switching because I use to use Ubuntu on my desktop. So what I did was installed Ubuntu as a dual boot. I experimented to see how many times I would have to switch to Windows, and I ended up only switching once because I use Netflix alot. Once I installed Windows Xp into a virtualbox and had Netflix working I made the complete switch. I found great alternatives for all the programs I use to use and my brand new ipod touch that I bought last week works nicely with Ubuntu 11.04 I can sync my music and pictures to it so therefore I have no reason to return to windows. :)

peyre
July 12th, 2011, 03:23 AM
I've been windows free for over four years and I don't miss windoze one little bit. There's a hard drive in one of my desk drawers with windows7 on it, it is there collecting dust in case I was have a hardware issue I can't solve in Linux.

Rather than a whole hard drive, I just keep a copy of the Ultimate Boot CD for Windows handy, as well as an Ubuntu CD.

http://www.ubcd4win.org/

kevinorourke2008
July 12th, 2011, 11:42 PM
have windows xp dual booting on my acer aspire one but haven't used it for several months now. The only time I use it is when I'm using dvd shrink.

kev

Necror
July 13th, 2011, 11:51 AM
I used to use windows for photoshop but now I got it working on linux so I won't use it a lot anymore.

ellis rowell
July 13th, 2011, 12:13 PM
I've been windows free for over four years and I don't miss windoze one little bit. There's a hard drive in one of my desk drawers with windows7 on it, it is there collecting dust in case I was have a hardware issue I can't solve in Linux.

In my case, it's five years. I have now found that if I buy a new Laptop (with Windows) I can remove the HDD and replace it with the HDD from the previous Laptop (both were SATA). No installation to do and all my data files and settings are there. The Widows HDD is put in store, to be re-installed if I buy a new Laptop and want to sell the existing one on.

I'm not too keen on the Unity GUI, it's not easy to find what you want. I can't find how to implement the Gnome GUI.

Erik1984
July 13th, 2011, 12:24 PM
I'm using *buntu exclusively since Meerkat and so far so good. It also helped that I had previous experience with installing Ubuntu but never kept it for a long time. So I knew what to expect and what the strong and weak points of Linux were before making the switch from Windows Vista. And to be honest Vista wasn't so bad on my machine.

drmrgd
July 13th, 2011, 12:26 PM
I've been just about 97% Windows-free since April. Unfortunately there are just a few things that I just can't get working well enough on my linux parition, forcing me to boot into Windows every so often (even wine isn't cutting it for those applications).

As a matter of fact, I needed to boot into the Windows partition last night (first time in at least a month), and I couldn't believe how slow and painful it was. It took at least 2 minutes to get to the desktop from post, and then I had to wait another 10 minutes after that for all the antivirus and system updates to complete before I could do anything (my CPU and HD were totally pegged). On my Kubuntu partition it's like 30 seconds to get to the desktop from post, and I'm completely up and running.

What a difference! I love running Kubuntu, and I don't ever see me going back to Windows again. It's fast, secure, and doesn't treat me like a complete idiot with new "dummy proof" security "upgrades".

johnnybgoode83
July 13th, 2011, 12:54 PM
I completely switched for a few months last year and I was happy as a pig in sh---, well you get the picture. Then one day I had a notion that I wanted to play Football Manager. I had tried to set it up through Wine before but was unsuccessful and it does not work on a virtual machine so I had to dual boot. Now I just have a small XP partition for Football Manager and my Ubuntu partition for everything else.

bennyroger
July 13th, 2011, 01:57 PM
I started with Linux in 2000 and have not used windows since then. My first Linux was Corel Linux :-)

redbikemaster
July 13th, 2011, 05:47 PM
Been running Linux ever since I got my first computer, though since my parents have Macs, I am also proficient in those.

Sadly, my Linux has been down for a while. It won't stop freezing! Probably the motherboard.

I also have a Mac IIsi laying around that I want running, but I need an HDD.

sir.sargento
July 13th, 2011, 09:23 PM
Have been using linux off and on for years. Started with Mandrake but could never really stick with it. I was dual booting Ubuntu and windows for probably the last year and a half until about 9 months ago I took windows off. I feel comfortable enough with linux now that I can find alternatives to anything I may have needed from windows in the past. I am quite happy that I have made this switch as I have enjoyed added challenges getting things to work from the windows world on linux.

Lukeaxx
July 13th, 2011, 10:12 PM
I have a seperate PC for if I need to use Windows for any specific tasks, and for some games which just refuse to work.

I primarily use Linux though, and it is installed on my primary computer and it is used 95% of the time, the only time I boot the Windows computer is when running a server (as a backup computer it spares the RAM on my main PC while the server is running) and to help friends with Windows related problems.

wafflesausage
July 13th, 2011, 10:18 PM
If not for my FreeBSD backup server which runs the services necessary for Time Machine (my family members use Macintoshes), I would have been running exclusively Linux for about 6 months.

DawieS
July 14th, 2011, 01:15 AM
When I first started using Linux about 3 years ago, I had this great fear of the unknown. I even dreamed one night that all my personal data would suddenly become unusable and worthless.

I then took out insurance, and went for the dual boot option, only to discover six months later that I only boot up in Win XP about once every three months, to reset my printer cartridges back to "full" after I refilled them. A while later, my internal drive packed up, and I never got so far to re-install XP. Instead, I loaded the cartridge-resetting software on my daughter's PC. She still dual-boots (for gaming as well as compulsory Windows school assignments).

So I am a happy camper on Linux only for the last +2 years. I don't do gaming, except for a bit of Chess every now and then. I mainly use my PC for multimedia, spreadsheets, and the Internet.

What I enjoy most about Linux, is the stability, freedom of choice and the absence of continuous disk defragmentation and virus protection maintenance.:grin:

jjpcexpert
July 15th, 2011, 12:50 AM
Completely switched to Ubuntu on Toshiba (Mr Slow), recently installed FreeDOS on Dell C540 (Mr Twister, for it being twisted and weird), full on Debian on Packard Bell.

Kusano
July 15th, 2011, 06:47 AM
I use Ubuntu at work because all of the developers' workstations use a Linux distribution. At home, I still use Windows for my favorite games and for my non-techie family. :)

jal
July 15th, 2011, 07:09 AM
Not used Windows since '03, although we keep XP for the boy's gaming.

New netbook came with windows7, as I had already paid the ms tax I spent considerable time finding out how to wedge in a linux partition to dual boot ubuntu.

Then I thought, "I'll never boot windows, why bother?" So I blew it away and installed Natty.

ninjaaron
July 15th, 2011, 11:34 AM
I'm still using Ubuntu exclusively, but I wish I didn't on my netbook, since the multi-touch on my egalax screen still doesn't work, not to mention that there seem to regressions in the touch support in every new version of ubuntu and we have to figure out new work-arounds every time. All this fiddling with xinput better pay off in the end.

TheSuperSteve
July 15th, 2011, 01:21 PM
These days i only use Linux whenever Windows has a hiccup. Which is more often than i would like. Using Elementary OS mostly as a "fallback" mode to Windows. Otherwise i use Windows exclusively until i buy a Macbook Pro.

aquarius18
July 15th, 2011, 01:31 PM
I only use Windoze to do my books - sadly nobody has developed a Quickbooks release for Linux as yet, at least not as far as I know. Other than that, Ubuntu hasn't let me down in the past and I hope it won't let me down in future.

Keep up the good work guys!

jetcoasterlove
July 15th, 2011, 07:44 PM
Well I've been using Linux Mint 9 and fell in love with it instantly. Been waiting for the arrival of Natty Narwhal (despite all the bad reviews I really dig it much! It's my kind of visual eye candy thing). And now I don't think I need windows for anything so I deleted it from my system. I thought well I already have my psp and tons of games with it I don't really need to install any games on my laptop. Well I was wrong found out about Tumiki Fighters (which is the best arcade-game i've ever played) and hedgewars is too cool! I now mainly use my laptop for those kind of games, doing text editing stuff, listening to music and watching movies. I even gave up my Zune because my psp works great as a music player as well c:

linuxyogi
July 15th, 2011, 08:04 PM
I want to erase Windows but unfortunately, I'm still a gamer at heart.

Using only Ubuntu.

Playing 4 Windows games under wine with negligible issues.

linuxyogi
July 15th, 2011, 08:08 PM
I only use Windoze to do my books - sadly nobody has developed a Quickbooks release for Linux as yet, at least not as far as I know. Other than that, Ubuntu hasn't let me down in the past and I hope it won't let me down in future.

Keep up the good work guys!

Try installing it under Wine. Install wine for the official Wine PPA, that will ensure an upto date Wine installation.

Erik1984
July 15th, 2011, 08:38 PM
Using only Ubuntu.

Playing 4 Windows games under wine with negligible issues.

Any of those games with DirectX11?

linuxyogi
July 15th, 2011, 08:44 PM
Any of those games with DirectX11?

I am playing EA Sports Cricket 2007, Tom Clansy's Hawx, NFS Most Wanted, NFS Carbon

AFAIK Hawx is DX10 capable but DX 9 is installed at my end.

the_original_billq
July 16th, 2011, 04:40 AM
I don't understand...

"switched to Linux?"

OH! You mean from Solaris!

Yeah, a long time ago. Around '98 or so...

I still keep a VirtualBox Solaris machine around (somewhere...)

MrGrado
July 16th, 2011, 04:52 AM
My hard drive lunched itself a few days ago and I don't have any of my disks with me to install windows and my other software on my new hard drive so I am using ubuntu now.

It has been difficult to adjust to and it has taken a lot of time to get a few simple things working and some other small things are still not working so it has been frustrating but loading windows on a new hard drive from scratch again would have been frustrating too, especially when I would have needed to pay for another copy again.

peyre
July 16th, 2011, 04:54 AM
Using only Ubuntu.

Playing 4 Windows games under wine with negligible issues.

Which 4 games?

Erik1984
July 16th, 2011, 03:34 PM
I am playing EA Sports Cricket 2007, Tom Clansy's Hawx, NFS Most Wanted, NFS Carbon

AFAIK Hawx is DX10 capable but DX 9 is installed at my end.

My point is that Wine can work, and it's a great tool but usually not for the newest stuff. When games are a few years old or use older DirectX versions they might work. But nearly always there are some glitches even with games which are reported to run 'perfectly'.

dg_vieira
July 16th, 2011, 08:02 PM
I use linux for 90% of the things I do. But I have to use windows for things like burning things to cd and dvd. Because every time I try to burn something under linux it never completes and im left with coasters :(

babakott
July 17th, 2011, 03:16 AM
I switched a month ago after I bought a PS3. However, I have since gotten Portal2 and Fallout 3 working perfectly with Wine, so I game as well.

I also have Dreamweaver CS5 running under Wine, so all my needs are met.

jal
July 17th, 2011, 07:02 AM
I use linux for 90% of the things I do. But I have to use windows for things like burning things to cd and dvd. Because every time I try to burn something under linux it never completes and im left with coasters :(


I'm guessing this is flame, but I found this comment so completely surprising I had to gasp.

I've never had a problem using Brasero. Surely that's not the real reason for anyone re-booting back to a windows install...

bluestreak patriot
July 17th, 2011, 07:54 AM
Switched about six months ago. I have played with Linux, off and on, since Caldera 1 was released, but only got serious about it about six months ago and started running a dual-boot set-up with Windows XP. I still have Windows 7 laptops to manage for other in my family.

A few weeks ago I completed a fresh install of Ubunbtu 10.04.2 LTS to wipe Windows XP from my HD. I am also running a fresh install of Windows XP in Oracal VM VirtualBox to use as a crutch when I get stuck trying to figure out how to accomplish something new in Linux and cannot take any more time on researching. Windows XP runs super fast within VM VirtualBox.

My system is a 2005 era AlienWare Aurora box and Ubuntu 10.04 LTS really flies on this older system.
My basic hardware is as follows:
AMD 64 3800 E 514KB Cache 939-PIN CPU
Ajigo Athelon 64 Heatsink Fan MF043-044 (Rev. 2 processor)
2 GB of "high quality" RAM
500GB WD5000AALS-00D2B0 /dev/sda
165 GB HDS722516VLSSA80 / dev/sdb
BFG Nvidia GeForce 6800GT 256MB graphics processor
GFX CK03-1225 Dual Slot Card Keeper
Mobo Abit AV-8
SATA Host Adapter VIA VT6420 SATA RAID Controller w/2 Ports
Enermax EG-465P-VE 24P ATX 103 460Watt power supply
Atech 10 in 1 Pro 9 Media Reader

ppqq
July 17th, 2011, 08:19 PM
I made a dual boot with ubuntu natty in June this year, and after a week I was able to wipe my WinXP OS -after 15 years of MS! and expanded the Linux partition with gparted live cd. I wasn't quite to grips with the software I needed to work with but was confident I'd find the right stuff. I'm set up on 64bit now, hoping for improvements with video encoding... but still learning to use kdenlive with AVCHD.
LibreOffice 3.4
k3b (best cd/dvd burner in my opinion)
krusader
nautilus scripts
classic menu indicator
banshee
ffmpeg/x264
picasa (with symlink to storage partition for Google dir)
gimp
gwenview
multimedia applications from the official Kde realease
gnome mplayer
vlc
avidemux
kdenlive
winff
handbrake
kino
dvd styler
audacity
ardour gtk2
audio tag tool
easytag
xiphos
pyrenamer
gprename
deconf-tools
remastersys
firestarter
clamav
flash/java plugins
gnome-color
gconf-editor
clipit
pdfedit
wine
skype :D

goldshirt9
July 17th, 2011, 08:30 PM
on my laptop only. I am fully linux ,Ubuntu 10.04 (would have been 11.04 but start up is crap.)

not on my desktop due to family usage and requirements .:-(

love it to death on my lappy, dont get me wrong its not easy being fully Ubuntu but the internet is helpful , searching for advise from any source is a must.;)

BigSilly
July 17th, 2011, 08:37 PM
Well, I posted in this thread some years ago, and if I remember correctly I was saying how I'd switched totally to Linux. Since then I ended up with Windows 7 which I wanted for some basic gaming, but PC gaming is such a royal pain in the *** that I'm coming back round again to switching to Linux solely. I only boot into Linux anyway. I dunno, what would I get for a boxed retail W7 Home? Could be worth selling.

Sailor Mark
July 18th, 2011, 12:05 AM
I was running my Dell XP Laptop when I caught a Trojan that took over XP Security Essentials and informed me that my various programs were virus's and needed to be removed it also slowed my computer to a snails pace. It was a Win 95 Trojan. That was over a year ago, I will never go near windows again. I am running UBUNTU Studio 11.4 and it's happy happy joy joy.

peyre
July 18th, 2011, 03:57 AM
I use linux for 90% of the things I do. But I have to use windows for things like burning things to cd and dvd. Because every time I try to burn something under linux it never completes and im left with coasters :(

That's odd. I'm able to burn CDs and DVDs just fine. I went so far as to buy a copy of Nero Linux and it works great. K3B is almost as good, of course. The one thing I can't do in Linux is take a CD/DVD that's been burned to but that hasn't been closed, move stuff around on it, and add more stuff to it to burn. For some reason I'm only able to do that in Windows. For everything else, Linux works just fine.

Say, you wouldn't be a Xubuntu user, would you? I've had mounting issues and I've heard they're particular to Xubuntu.

tim44
July 18th, 2011, 10:22 PM
Probably shouldn't answer this, but...
no

macjinlan
July 18th, 2011, 10:30 PM
after a virus on my windows 7 system i have switched windows to ubuntu 10.04LTS.:P system works great.(2200celeron,8200mG,4gb of ram)

Fxkrait
July 18th, 2011, 10:39 PM
I would use Ubuntu 100% but some websites dont run well on ubuntu, and game support. I boot ubuntu but use windows for games, Office(When Libreoffice dosnt work), and iTunes.(i really need to get rid of my iPhone)

cmcanulty
July 18th, 2011, 10:45 PM
What specific websites are you having trouble with, do you have flash installed?

frytek
July 19th, 2011, 12:25 AM
There's still no good OCR for Linux. I tried Cuneiform (and Yagf, which is a gui for it) but it is far behind Finereader. That's the only reason for Windows on my HDD. But I don't use multiboot. I have VMWare player with Windows on it.

peyre
July 19th, 2011, 05:25 AM
Probably shouldn't answer this, but...
no

1 Bean and you're posting that? Sounds like you might be brand-new to Linux? Welcome aboard.

You may have heard of snotty members of the Linux community (I say that because of the way you posted). There are snotty members of just about any community really, but I think that Linux tends to draw our more (or more vocal) ones than most. But don't let that discourage you--especially in the Ubuntu forums, we're friendly to newcomers and people like me who don't know the ins and outs of the the command line.

trinux_bc
July 19th, 2011, 05:46 AM
I'm pretty close to fulltime Linux, I have a mac at home that I need for work and its got Windows 7 on it as well for a couple programs I need for work. I use it for streaming media to my tv as well because it has a bigger hard drive than my thinkpad. My main computer is my thinkpad that only has natty installed, and I use it for work for anything that doesn't require a mac or windows program and for all of my personal computing.

trinux_bc

cdsouthards
July 19th, 2011, 05:50 AM
I have switched completely to Ubuntu and have never looked back. I have used windows for way to long. I have felt so liberated since I have changed to Linux. I will never go back to Microsoft. I have gotten so into Ubuntu I have started learning Linux programming and I have gotten a few books on Ubuntu so I can learn the system inside and out. I am a self-taught and I can only learn if self-taught. It really has changed my life and I am going to do all I can to give back to it. Linux for Life!

foxmulder881
July 19th, 2011, 05:58 AM
Since my original post back in 2009 (http://ubuntuforums.org/showpost.php?p=8423126&postcount=5926), things have changed. I have completely made the switch over to Linux full-time. I gave up gaming apart from SuperTux2. And work stuff I do in Linux now. I am more than happy with it.

RaZoR1394
July 19th, 2011, 11:28 AM
Now I have switched fully again. I'm going to hold ground now. I have realised that both OSX and Windows won't cut it. I hope we can get more diverse applications on Ubuntu. Currently it looks rather good.

Jacobonbuntu
July 19th, 2011, 11:41 AM
Completely switched since march 2011....
I found acceptable solutions for all software I used in Windows, but I must say in Windows I already switched to open source (and multi platform) software as much as possible the past few years, as I always wanted to keep the possibility to switch to Linux open.

So now I did, and like it a lot :)

crazydesigner
July 19th, 2011, 07:03 PM
I want to but can't :(:(
Are we addicted to Windows:confused::confused::confused:

chinamike
July 20th, 2011, 09:14 AM
back in 2000-2001 I traveled six states, teaching basic computer skills classes for a small family owned company. At the time, I only knew about Linux, read about it, didn't actually try it. Then I moved to China and worked there for five years. Everything there was "Chindows", I don't recall ever once seeing anyone using or even talking about Linux while there.

I returned to the states in 2007 and that is when I began to look into Linux. I began with a second old, hand-me-down desktop PC that was slow with low RAM. I put Puppy 2.something on it and I really enjoyed it. Later I dabbled with Knoppix which I really enjoyed as well. But I still was using Win XP on my main PC and laptop.

Jump forward to 2010, really started using Linux Live CDs because I no longer had my own PC/laptop anymore, was using computers at public places and so on. Then in early 2011 I got another second hand PC and another laptop. I totally erased the Win system on the laptop ( a decent second hand HP 17" DV8000 with dual HDs and 2GB RAM) and installed FIRST, Ubuntu Natty, but changed it out for Lucid after about three weeks because Natty just seemed buggy on my system and I read that many people were avoiding it until the dust settled. I haven't used Windows for anything at all since I got this Ubuntu, and I recently erased a friend's laptop's HD (with XP) and installed Ubuntu on his!

Now I just have to practice more using terminal commands--I generally can't remember the most basic ones, so I put a couple of text files on my desktop with basic commands and reminders--I'm getting old! haha

kaldor
July 20th, 2011, 09:52 AM
My laptop is pure Linux.

I used to have PClinuxOS and Ubuntu dualboot.

I cleared PClinuxOS off due to unsupported wireless hardware. Currently I run only Ubuntu.

Not much has changed, except that I require Windows as a dualboot now. I use Fedora (<3 Shell) on my laptop, but I have an Ubuntu/Win7 dualboot on my desktop. The courses I will be taking require the students have Windows. Sucks, but that's life. I enjoyed a good few years without Windows, and I intend to remove it again after the courses are done.

dubsides
July 20th, 2011, 09:00 PM
I had tried to install ubuntu many years ago, but ran into problems because I was installing on a fakeraid box and didn't have the knowledge I have now to make it work. Most of what I've learned has been through these forums. I kept testing out the installs and finally got it to work about 3 years ago. For a while I dualbooted, but now I just let linux handle the software raid through mdadm.

I saved space on one of my SSDs to install windows, but I haven't had the occasion to do it, and I've been running straight linux since last November. The one or two times I've had to run windows, I just load it up in virtualbox. Don't really play computer games anymore, too many hackers.

I've even gotten to the point that I've covertly copied my work hard drive to a virtualbox drive, and run windows on top of linux at work... they don't even know it, and aren't smart enough to find out, at least not yet...

Nothing has been more awesome in my experience than getting a completely new and free OS every 6 months, and not having real security threats or worrying about all the viruses malware and other stupid crap going on on windows boxes

cheers

Quadunit404
July 20th, 2011, 10:59 PM
It's been a while since I posted in here.

The answer? Still nope. I've been using Windows more than Natty because Natty... sucks imo. Not even the classic GNOME 2 desktop works right :| (which makes me disappoint)

Lok222
July 20th, 2011, 11:12 PM
If I could get my stupid external monitor working that is on my docking station (Dell d830) I'd use it full time. I NEED to get that working

bobk_nyc
July 20th, 2011, 11:16 PM
I use win7 on my main machine, and my notebook. I crashed a hard drive, with xp, and after I replaced it I decided to try ubuntu again...so if I ever get it to work properly, I will have i linux, and 2 windows.

cwill08f
July 21st, 2011, 12:40 AM
I've been a full time Kubuntu user for almost a year now. Kubuntu has everything I need. I still have XP on Vbox, but I only use that so I can either use Silverlight, Internet Explorer, or to convert video files for my walkman. I've booted it up only a handful of times since I've had it then I turn it off as soon as I'm done and go back to Kubuntu.

Kubuntu rocks!!:guitar:

pkohler01
July 21st, 2011, 06:13 AM
I moved completely to Ubuntu a couple of years ago. I still use Windows from time to time but, only as a virtual machine. The only time I actually install windows as anything other than a virtual machine is when I'm participating in alpha/beta testing for a new version of Windows.

I do still use a Mac for cross-browser and cross-platform code testing at work but, that Mac sits neatly in a desk drawer most of the time as I happily pound away in an Ubuntu workstation.

I am not a huge gamer - I'd use an XBox for games if I was - and I've never looked back since completely dumping Windows. The logic games in the Ubuntu Software Center are engaging enough for me.

UltraNEO*
July 21st, 2011, 06:40 AM
As much as I'd like, somehow I don't see this happening for me...

Not with my line of work..
I mean, what's in the Linux world that'll comes close to Adobe After Effects and be completely compatible with our broadcast safe work flow??? Is there anything?? It's not technically video editing, more composing and special effects.. We've used Apple's Motion and Avid's Media Composer and compared to After Effects they simply fall between the gaps.

pierre_clun
July 21st, 2011, 02:30 PM
Although I can say without any reservation that Linux is my preferred OS, unfortunately reality dictates otherwise. I still run my old softwares using a virtualized (VMWare) XP under Windows 7 and using Wubi to install my Ubuntu (Shame on me !!! :P) - it's easier to have a clean install this way.

But like I say, Linux is my preferred software (also using other liveCDs), and I'm using more of it. Who knows what the future'll bring :wink:

MinusRhythm
July 22nd, 2011, 03:08 AM
This has been my preferred OS for a while. (After completely converting sometime last year) Just about the only thing I can look at with displeasure is the problem with some(most)(all) of my games of choice.

Still, Long Live Linux~

It's the only OS in the house actually, so when you're this immersed, it seems like the one and only!

the_funtom
July 22nd, 2011, 01:48 PM
Just started using Ubuntu.......but I still have the windows vista OS on as my wife is quite comfy using that. Its just been a day since I've moved to Ubuntu and I love it .:guitar:

teejay17
July 24th, 2011, 10:17 PM
I cannot 100% switch because my work laptop requires I sometimes use GoToMeeting (which unfortunately has zero support on Linux).
Other than that I have no qualms using Linux all the time.

nrgeek
July 25th, 2011, 07:43 PM
I started messing with Linux back in 2000 .. tried red hat , then several other flavors over the years but was never committed to Linux .. just as a toy .. side project I tried Mandrake it was easier to run and configure .. but still lacked ease of use, after being used to the plug and pray world of windows .. drivers where easy to come by and most stuff just worked.. Linux on the other hand required more time and trouble making work

Call me lazy if you will, but I just didn't have the time to search down or compile drivers for my hardware .. then along came Ubuntu .. I keep hearing about it and finally decided to give it a whirl .. holly crap batman it works ! that was about version 8 .. been mostly windows free since then .. other than windows boxes for work ( cant convince em to switch ) and one box that I have for games I cant get to port to my main Ubuntu box Yet .. but for my main desktop at work and home Ive gone Ubuntu 100% and have been that way for 2 yrs +

canundrum69
July 26th, 2011, 04:22 AM
I have gotten rid of Window completely
There are 2 things I can't get Ubuntu to do for me that Windows does, but I am slowly getting over it and will eventually lose interest in them.
All in all I am very pleased with Ubuntu and the way it works.

It is clean, simple, and doesn't give me migraines or cause my wallet major grief.

:popcorn:

Aeighty
July 26th, 2011, 04:44 AM
First used Ubuntu when 10.04 came out then upped to 10.10 back to 10.04 and now running 11.04 on the old Box hooked up to the family room TV. Our laptop is running Windows 7 because it is mainly my wife's rig but I boot up Ubuntu 10.04 from a USB when using the laptop. Really i only use windows when im to lazy to get the USB stick out :)

nd456
July 26th, 2011, 04:50 AM
I would use playonlinux if you still game and im 100% ubuntu. I still play minecraft,startcraft,and cod on lplay on linux.

Apelsin
July 27th, 2011, 10:27 AM
I dual-booted for 3 days then switched over completely to Ubuntu =) I'll be putting together a gaming machine soon which will most probably run Windows XP but for general purposes I love Ubuntu and I feel that I won't be changing to Windows or Mac any time soon!

tempusfuoit
July 28th, 2011, 02:47 AM
I have been running Ubuntu exclusively since April and love it. I just spent all day doing a clean install of Win 7 on my wife's laptop because she needs it for school. It was terrible! After every tweak I could Google was accomplished, it still was sluggish. The only complaint I had with Ubuntu was Optimus and manual Bumblebee. When I logged into Ubuntu this afternoon I was surprised to see a Bumblebee UI from the PPA in my updates. Optimus is now fully automated on my Dell L502 XPS15. Also, my wife is using Natty exclusively on our desktop and doesn't want to even use windows.

ManiDhillon
July 30th, 2011, 07:30 AM
Completely using Ubuntu for six years now. I use it for everything though I still have Windows 7 just because I need to use Steam and TF2. What more, my girlfriend has completely switched to Ubuntu, no Windows at all. And she is completely happy with it.

ashickur.noor
July 30th, 2011, 07:34 AM
I have completely switched to Ubuntu and Linux Mint for last 5 or 6 months.

seclm193
July 30th, 2011, 07:47 AM
I've been back and forth with linux. This last time, I went all the way. Just loaded up Windows 7 in VirtualBox for school programs that will not run in linux (i.e. Visual Studio) and ran with it. Will not be looking back!

Filip75
July 30th, 2011, 10:11 AM
like to switch if i get wireless to work :)

grautskaahl
July 30th, 2011, 10:45 AM
I would like to switch completely, but there are some games I would still like to play and I use Finale a lot so I want to keep that.


like to switch if i get wireless to work :)

I had that problem with 10.10, but it went away when I switched to 11.04.

Condor Cluster
July 30th, 2011, 11:57 AM
Surely the way ahead for games would be a console?

PS3 and Xbox 360 have a massive catalog of games, no need to worry about video cards/system being out of date, play games straight off the disc etc.

People say the PC has better graphics, but the PS3 and 360 still output some nice HD eye candy...

grautskaahl
July 30th, 2011, 01:51 PM
Surely the way ahead for games would be a console?

Depends on the games, I'd say. For one, I can't stand playing FPS games on consoles - aiming is way easier using a mouse, imo. And not every game for PC is released for consoles either.

peyre
July 30th, 2011, 02:25 PM
Completely using Ubuntu for six years now. I use it for everything though I still have Windows 7 just because I need to use Steam and TF2. What more, my girlfriend has completely switched to Ubuntu, no Windows at all. And she is completely happy with it.

Good on you Mani. I can't get my wife to switch--she uses too much specialized Windows software: Photoshop Elements, for instance. And even if I could get her to consider switching operating systems, she'd be pulling to get a Mac (cha-ching!).

harun3d
July 31st, 2011, 04:56 AM
I only use Windows for Voice over IP because Betamax (biggest VOIP server) does not provide the linux version of their programs. Linux VOIP programs like twinkle and qutecom crashes during calling. Only twinkle on Pardus Linux system works perfectly. But therefore I had to install many things like osip headers. Maybe I have to do the same on ubuntu.

But this disadvantage is nothing in comparison with the big stability problems of Windows. When people come to me with virus infected windows system, I format the whole disk and install ubuntu on it and the virus problem is solved forever.

jerenept
July 31st, 2011, 05:03 AM
I only use Windows for Voice over IP because Betamax (biggest VOIP server) does not provide the linux version of their programs. Linux VOIP programs like twinkle and qutecom crashes during calling. Only twinkle on Pardus Linux system works perfectly. But therefore I had to install many things like osip headers. Maybe I have to do the same on ubuntu.

But this disadvantage is nothing in comparison with the big stability problems of Windows. When people come to me with virus infected windows system, I format the whole disk and install ubuntu on it and the virus problem is solved forever.

Betamax was a superior version of VHS wasn't it?
Btw, there is an excellent voip program for Linux. Hint: It's Skype.

harun3d
July 31st, 2011, 04:44 PM
Betamax was a superior version of VHS wasn't it?
Btw, there is an excellent voip program for Linux. Hint: It's Skype.

Yes Betamax had also that meaning but it is also the company that owns the voip programs like voipwise, poivy, 12voip and many others.

Meanwhile I solved the problem of my voip program in ubuntu, qutecom. I had to modify the microphone level in qutecom. Now I see that voip is working better than Pardus linux where I had to install osip headers first which was not necessary here (or it was probably done already in the background updates).
But still the program crashes after 1 call. Skype is more expensive than 12voip for some countries.

chinmay3
August 4th, 2011, 06:41 PM
Ubuntu 10.04 is my primary OS since last six to eight months. I am using win xp in virtualbox. The reason to keep it there is some of websites i have to work with work better in IE. The reasons behind switching toward ubuntu is..
1. It is best.
2. very nice gui.
3. its free in cost & from troubles & hangs.
4. it teach you so much ( thanks to ubuntu forum & other how to tutorial.)
5. very good community support -- thanx to ubuntuforum:KS
6. it makes me different from my other friends.

I just miss my winfast tv tuner in ubuntu. It is not working that good but i am waiting, developers will fix my problem. I have sacrified it for my ubuntu love. ( i am not using it for last 6 months)

rlillest
August 4th, 2011, 07:36 PM
I installed Kubuntu on my laptop one week ago, and like it a lot!

I had already used Linux on a USB stick for a while, since a large part of my work is to ssh to other computers and run physics simulations. Linux is much better to work with, and I also feel that I'm the one in charge of my computer now...

My stationary computer still runs Windows 7, since I use it for gaming. But I'm now tempted to have a dual-boot with Kubuntu there as well :)

llarsen
August 5th, 2011, 01:24 AM
i love ubuntu, but its getting VERY FRUSTRATING that i cannot get VMware workstation 7.1.4 installed on Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit. its driving me absolutely nuts

syncmasterpt
August 5th, 2011, 09:24 AM
i love ubuntu, but its getting VERY FRUSTRATING that i cannot get VMware workstation 7.1.4 installed on Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit. its driving me absolutely nuts

Hi.

I have two computers with Kubuntu 11.04 64 bit and both have VMware Workstation 7.1.4 working without any problem...

Can you be more specifi of what kind of problem are you encontering?

iseijin
August 7th, 2011, 12:46 AM
I tried Ubuntu out last year and loved it but never actually swapped over till now.

My laptop is running Ubuntu only and it's the computer I use almost all of the time and it's great. I'm starting to learn Python which was a big motivation to getting any linux distro.

My desktop is set up with Windows 7 64 bit and plugged into my tv. It's really just for games and movies. It also serves as a network file server since I want to keep all my files in one location and it has the biggest hard drive of my computers. I should probably set it up so I can access those files from the internet but meh.

JASONFUSARO
August 7th, 2011, 12:51 AM
This is kind of funny, I had to boot into Vista to run VB, I don't have wine set up yet, I tried a couple of times and no luck. Any way I get in there and I am staring at the screen trying to figure out how to find what I was looking for, no joke.

Does this mean I have subconsciously switched? Was seriously baffled for a bit, and hurried back.

HunterDX77M
August 7th, 2011, 09:56 PM
Like many people, I think the only thing that keeps Windows on my machine is the need to print. But day-to-day, it's Linux all the way.

darthvader39560
August 8th, 2011, 10:10 AM
I erased windows from my computer, I managed to get wine for my windows games and DosBox for my Dos games. Ubuntu is faster, more powerful and looks better then windows xp.

agklimit
August 8th, 2011, 12:46 PM
I've used linux (mostly Ubuntu) in virtual box a couple of years back (under Win XP-->Vista-->7). For a while I put Ubuntu (I think it was 9.04) as the main OS, but too many little bits of hardware/peripherals had issues. Most notably iPhone.

I went back to Win7, but since I upgraded my HDD it refused to reinstall (a very limited kind of licence). So I've put 11.04 on the system and am very happy so far. (I have another laptop for work-related stuff, it's a Windows 7 netbook - I am not allowed to change the OS there, and it has some quite specific apps that wouldn't work otherwise anyway).

I use Virtual Box extensively, as I'm an iPhone addict. So on the guest Windows XP I have iTunes which I use to sync my iPhone (apps, etc.) as well - most importantly - for iPhone firmware updates. It is working just a smidgen slower than on the straight WinPC, and I'm very happy with that. I even use Adobe Photoshop (old version, 5.5) in the guest WinXP as it is essential for my photo-editing stuff (I use some Photoshop-exclusive plugins).

For the time-being I am very happy with this solution, and if the worst comes to the worst, if I really can't live without the Win, I'll squeeze in a small XP (that's the one with a good licence) partition on my HDD...

Scabby_al
August 8th, 2011, 01:27 PM
I've been using Linux for years now and I've been trying over and over to switch completely over but find the need for a Windows partition for gaming and for work.

A few things I'm still looking for:

* A better RDP client. I support a lot of Windows systems at work and need to be able to remotely control user's terminal sessions without my RDP client crashing. Seems like a waste to have a VM just for RDP

* Exchange Web Services (EWS) support in Thunderbird or Evolution. My company will not open imap and I've found Davmail to be a little slow and unreliable. I use the Outlook Web App but don't like the lack of desktop notification

* More intuitive dual monitor support. I think the only thing missing for me is just a graphical way of setting the primary display. I can set it using xrandr but an easy way for Joe User to do it would be great

Otherwise I have enjoyed my Linux experience and work with these issues because the benefits outweigh the negatives

cbruce8
August 8th, 2011, 02:26 PM
For home: Ubuntu and Droid OD ( Froyo )

For work Ubuntu on my laptop, with an extra WIn7 hard disk for I.E.
'have-to's'

Desktop : Win7 for I.E. 'have-to's'

Been this way for years
-c

e00878
August 8th, 2011, 09:38 PM
Ubuntu was better with gnome interface. Now with unity is loosing his own identity.

apacketofsweets
August 9th, 2011, 02:21 PM
I dual-boot Windows and Ubuntu on my netbook and Windows and Fedora on my desktop, the only reason I keep Windows is my need to use a RISC OS emulator, which doesn't have a complete Linux client yet.

kostageas
August 9th, 2011, 02:22 PM
I use Windows XP at school, because that's all that have.

Otherwise, I use Linux.

ashwinrao
August 9th, 2011, 02:27 PM
Completely switched to Ubuntu in home and work place. Thanks to our system admin's, who allowed me and other two to use Ubuntu although they have done this to save Windows licensing fee. :popcorn:

gippeswyc
August 9th, 2011, 02:28 PM
I'm sticking with Ubuntu day-to-day now. It's so responsive + my PC is quieter! Still need Windows for some of my bigger apps although that seems to be less and less now. I can see a day when I say goodbye for ever...

Ubuntu 11.04 64-bit classic

magelkyc
August 9th, 2011, 06:16 PM
I am working on a complete switch to Ubuntu from Windows. I love Ubuntu, it is fast and you are able to do what ever you want in the system. Each time I log into Windows, I feel more and more frustrated with how slow it is. Windows is so restrictive. There are some things that I will miss from Windows but I have found that most anything I can do on Windows I can do on Ubuntu. I am still working on Printer issues but I have faith that I will get them worked out. The benefits sure out weigh the negatives. I will probably keep my dual boot for now just in-case but I am sure that eventually it will be gone.

mamamia88
August 9th, 2011, 08:25 PM
i did before unity came out. but now in back on windows and its pissing me off downlading fedora now

HigeGunso
August 10th, 2011, 12:36 AM
I've been using DOS and Windows since 1991. My HP XP Media Center Edition PC's restore partition got corrupted. This is the 2nd time this has happened...the last time was 3 yrs ago...HP fixed it for free but could not provide me with install disks. Now it's out of warranty. I look at my shelves of software and hardware I have accumulated over the past 20 years....I have Win 3.1, Win 95 (2 sets of install floppies), Win98 (4 install disks), XP (have 4 install CDs).....then I look at all the different versions of Office I have purchased in 20 yrs: Office 3.1, Office 95, Office 97, Office 2000 Professional, Office 2000 Business Edition, Office 2003. You think that after buying this much software from Microsoft that they'd give you a break in price.

Been using Knoppix CDs for almost 8 years as a troubleshooting tool for Windows. Been keeping an eye on Linux for years. Been reading about Ubuntu so I downloaded and installed it over my XP last week (I have a copy of my HP XP hard drive w/restore partition on a different hard drive).

So far great!! I am looking for a manual on terminal service commands, such as "sudo". Where can I find a command line dictionary or manual?

Ubuntu installed Claws 3.7.8 (current version is 3.7.9). So I need to uninstall and download the new version from Claws. I registered PPA for the new Claws software but I can't find 3.7.9 in there...only plugins and addons for 3.7.9

Or will Ubuntu eventually incorporate Claws 3.7.9 into the Ubuntu Software Center? A lot of mail I get is HTML and this version will not display html mail. The plugin for this at the Claws website shows it is made for 3.7.9.

Do I just download the latest version from SourceForge or am I supposed to find the latest version in my PPA?
:popcorn:

flyingtiger
August 10th, 2011, 05:54 AM
I have been completely Linux for the past 5 years.

Dannivou
August 10th, 2011, 08:12 PM
I've been entirely on Ubuntu with my desktop for 4-years now. I played around with various distros for 6-yrs prior to switching, dual booting with a popular non-Linux OS during that time. That machine lost a second motherboard 4-years ago, so I built a new machine with updated hardware and loaded Ubuntu; and I have never looked back since. I can still access my old backup files just fine on my external drive.

HigeGunso, to answer your question, a really good comprehensive manual that I've used, that explains command line usage really well for those making the transition, is the Beginning Ubuntu Linux book found here: http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_i_1_34?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=beginning+ubuntu+linux+6th+edition&sprefix=beginning+ubuntu+linux+6th+edition . I have the 5th edition for 10.04. It also comes with the live installation disk. It's over 600 pages, and gets about as technical as you want to go. I use it for a reference manual.

Cope57
August 10th, 2011, 08:26 PM
Debian user since November 2003.

howdydoit
August 11th, 2011, 09:41 AM
Just made the switch a few months ago. Im loving Ubuntu, but Ive thought about building a htpc and was thinking about using vista or xp ( i have them laying around lol).

I have been looking hard at putting Ubuntu on the htpc as well tho. Id hate to go back to windows.

Its not a hard switch just one you have to be ready to do. I game on ubuntu with no real problems WOW and Guild Wars, hopefully soon Guild Wars 2 as well.


Good luck to everyone
Ill be changing all my friends to linux as fast as I can.:guitar:

phfred
August 11th, 2011, 04:32 PM
I am still a 3 os guy with several 7 boxes 2 xps 2 macs and a few Unbuntu boxes. I am just starting off but i feel that the complete switch is in the pipe soon.

ninjaaron
August 11th, 2011, 04:36 PM
I have been for the past several years, but now I'm thinking of putting FreeBSD or Dragonfly BSD on a partition, just to increase my nerddom that much more.

scooby1970
August 11th, 2011, 07:45 PM
I completely switched to Linux this year. I now use Ubuntu 10.04 on my work PC and Pinguy OS 11.04 on my home laptop and PC. I have not missed using Windows one bit, and I find everything I used to do, I can do just as easily but normally for free on Linux.

:) Mark

justanotherday
August 13th, 2011, 02:06 AM
Completely Ubuntu. I'll never go back to Windows. It took me a while to get used to it and to know where to look for answers to quirks on my system but once I found that out, Ubuntu was and is golden. Take THAT Microsoft!

limthasage07
August 14th, 2011, 09:18 AM
Running purely Ubuntu on my laptop now; after all the perks and good stuffs Ubuntu can offer/teach you, I stopped using Windows altogether. :D

Tsu Dho Nimh
August 14th, 2011, 01:18 PM
Still cannot be 100% Microsoft-free after upgrading to 11.04


Still using MSWord while waiting for Outline View in Open/Libre Office (Bug 3959 Reported: 2002-04-10)
Some software I use doesn't run under WINE, so I have VMWare and WinXP.


ADDING: The "Unity" interface is butt-ugly, gaudy and reminds me of a child's toy computer. Switching to "classic" doesn't get rid of all the ugly.

I may be switching distros for that reason. I spend a lot of time looking at a computer screen, and it has to be inobtrusive, with a custom color scheme.

alciono
August 14th, 2011, 07:42 PM
I switched to Linux completely since 2007, starting with Ubuntu 6.10, and never looked back. Before that I tested other Linux distros such as Redhat, Mepis, and Puppy Linux. I just upgraded to Ubuntu 11.04, mostly to check out the Unity interface, but it does not seem to work on my machine, so I just use the classic setting.

peyre
August 15th, 2011, 02:02 AM
i did before unity came out. but now in back on windows and its pissing me off downlading fedora now

If you're unhappy about Unity, try one of the other distros: Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu don't use Unity. Or alternatively, you can turn Unity off and use the regular Gnome interface in regular Ubuntu if you like.

nc_jed
August 15th, 2011, 02:07 AM
If you're unhappy about Unity, try one of the other distros: Kubuntu, Xubuntu, and Lubuntu don't use Unity. Or alternatively, you can turn Unity off and use the regular Gnome interface in regular Ubuntu if you like.

+1 Natty Xubuntu.

bkerensa
August 15th, 2011, 02:24 AM
I use only Linux :)

peyre
August 15th, 2011, 02:27 AM
I have been for the past several years, but now I'm thinking of putting FreeBSD or Dragonfly BSD on a partition, just to increase my nerddom that much more.

DragonFly BSD? That is impressive nerddom. Have you considered OpenBSD? We use it at work for its security (as well as its freedom). I dunno d*ck about it, almost, but I'm working on it.

dave01945
August 16th, 2011, 02:12 AM
linux all the way never goin back to windows it's easy once you get to grips with it

Cyjan
August 16th, 2011, 03:33 AM
i never liked windows anyway!

i come from

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