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boobuntu
September 25th, 2008, 08:21 PM
What OS would you be using? I'm guessing most are going to stay with a Linux distro, but the answers should be interesting.

Honestly, I would probably lean towards OSX.

How about you?

Gutt
September 25th, 2008, 08:25 PM
I would be on OpenSuSe right now if Ubuntu didn't exist :-D (what I was going to try first before deciding to use Ubuntu...)

hessiess
September 25th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Arch(which is already my main OS)

SunnyRabbiera
September 25th, 2008, 08:27 PM
Probably another Debian derivative.
Like Mepis, or even pure debian.

overdrank
September 25th, 2008, 08:28 PM
Mandriva if no Ubuntu :)

Sealbhach
September 25th, 2008, 08:29 PM
Prolly Fedora.

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RiceMonster
September 25th, 2008, 08:29 PM
Arch(which is already my main OS)

This.

blakjesus
September 25th, 2008, 08:32 PM
Probably still XP. When i got fed up with windows my friend gave me a knoppix cd which i thought sucked then i researched and tried mandriva but i didnt like it either. So i thought that linux sucked until i gave it one more try and i stumbled on ubuntu. Never went back :mrgreen:

ticopelp
September 25th, 2008, 08:33 PM
I might still be using Windows... shudder.

Hopefully, I'd be using some other GNOME / Debian based distro.

boobuntu
September 25th, 2008, 08:40 PM
I might still be using Windows... shudder.

Hopefully, I'd be using some other GNOME / Debian based distro.


Yup, same here. Windows or OSX. Not sure which I would choose though.

chris4585
September 25th, 2008, 08:48 PM
Probably another Debian derivative.
Like Mepis, or even pure debian.

+1 pure debian maybe sidux, or Arch linux would be what I'd be using. Possibly fedora.. but thats like at the bottom of the list

Lord Xeb
September 25th, 2008, 08:50 PM
I would probably go with Fedora or OpenSuse, but I am not sure. I might even use Arch.

notwen
September 25th, 2008, 08:58 PM
Debian Lenny =]

aaaantoine
September 25th, 2008, 09:04 PM
Probably Fedora or some other well-known user-friendly distro.

Basically, I would be using whatever distro got the most positive press in the first half of 2007. Failing that, I would still be using Windows.

megabytemonster
September 25th, 2008, 09:08 PM
That depends, would Xubuntu or Kubuntu still exist? :KS

MaxIBoy
September 25th, 2008, 09:10 PM
Probably either Windows XP or Fedora.

lisati
September 25th, 2008, 09:11 PM
Probably XP, possibly with Win98SE in a virtual machine or on a second machine, but not sure on the Virtual Machine since I heard about it on these forums.

kef_kf
September 25th, 2008, 09:21 PM
vista

crimesaucer
September 25th, 2008, 09:23 PM
.... I might not of found my way into the world of Linux 2 years ago.



I feel that Ubuntu is one of the best starting points for Linux beginners, and a solid distro for old timers.

Whiffle
September 25th, 2008, 09:27 PM
I already don't use Ubuntu, so I'll go with "What if linux didn't exist?." Probably OS X, it has a bash terminal.

Silent Ninja
September 25th, 2008, 09:34 PM
Maybe Slackware, because I use to love Slax before this... or Debian... Windows XP is allways an option, but nor vista.

AlexR1
September 25th, 2008, 09:53 PM
I would use Arch linux, or PCLinuxOS, depends which one would work better on my computer.

billgoldberg
September 25th, 2008, 09:56 PM
What OS would you be using? I'm guessing most are going to stay with a Linux distro, but the answers should be interesting.

Honestly, I would probably lean towards OSX.

How about you?

Since I only found out about Linux because of the vocal Ubuntu community.

I guess I would still be using Windows Vista and XP.

But then, I could be using OSX or Solaris.

Who is to say?

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If it were to happen now, I would most likely use Arch and Debian. Maybe even OpenSuse or Mandriva.

C!oud
September 25th, 2008, 10:13 PM
I would use the same OS I'm using right now, Slackware

G3NER1C
September 25th, 2008, 10:16 PM
Id finfd something els. Either fedora or slack ware, or may be Arch ive heard good things about arch

jimi_hendrix
September 25th, 2008, 10:17 PM
id use either PCLinuxOS or Nimblix because out of the 5 or 6 liveCDs i tried those were the only other ones besides ubuntu that worked...i would still be using windows alot more then i do now though because this community is great for encouraging new users

Technoviking
September 25th, 2008, 10:25 PM
Probably Fedora.

sisco311
September 25th, 2008, 10:30 PM
Arch.
If no linux, then Solaris.

bigken
September 25th, 2008, 10:31 PM
open suse

Tazgecko
September 25th, 2008, 10:32 PM
Hmmm .... Mandriva, only just taken it off my hard drive for Ubuntu (more fun). If no Linux, I would have to go for OS X.

Zoot7
September 25th, 2008, 10:40 PM
I'd still be on XP and I'd probably dislike Microsoft a lot less having not discovered the wonder of Linux.

Paqman
September 25th, 2008, 10:40 PM
Hard to say. I remember the number of ringing endorsements for Ubuntu persuading me to dig deeper.

If there wasn't so much consensus, would I have made the switch? Would I have gone for the next biggest distro (Suse? Fedora?) or would I have just stuck with Windows?

TheIdiotThatIsMe
September 25th, 2008, 10:44 PM
OpenSuse :)

I would have gone with Linux whether Ubuntu existed or not. I first used Knoppix on a LiveCD, and fell in love with the idea of an operating system besides Windows (just to try). And since the only one I really give a spin besides Ubuntu once in a while is Suse, well... :KS

chucky chuckaluck
September 25th, 2008, 10:49 PM
i've been using arch for a while, but i learned on ubuntu first.

OrangeCrate
September 25th, 2008, 11:21 PM
I would simply be using another distro. More than likely, Debian. I kissed Windows and other Microsoft products goodbye, long ago.

patrickballeux
September 25th, 2008, 11:29 PM
Would be using Mandriva (Mandrake) but I don't know if I would have done the complete switch from Windows.


Since Ubuntu, my home is Windows free for the last 4 years, and all the family is going well without it.


Now, when it does not work, it's pretty easy to know what happened: I messed up trying something stupid... :lolflag:


And I'm even using Ubuntu at work, in an all Microsoft environnment without any problems. For me, the "Linux Desktop Year" already happened ...


Good day!

david_lynch
September 26th, 2008, 12:23 AM
I'd definitely be using some unix-like OS, most likely another linux distro. I'd probably be running suse, since that's what I was using before ubuntu. However, if there was no ubuntu, but I still knew what I know now, I might well be on debian.

niccholaspage
September 26th, 2008, 01:50 AM
I would still have used the "nice os" they call *cough*Windows Vista*cough*
Thank you Ubuntu!

Ozor Mox
September 26th, 2008, 01:59 AM
Well I tried out the Ubuntu live CD while I was still on XP, and liked it so much I wiped out Windows and installed Ubuntu instead. So I suppose it is possible I would have been on Windows for a bit longer, but I would have eventually been curious enough to try out one of the other easy to use distros with a live CD like openSUSE or Fedora or Mandriva, or maybe even DesktopBSD or something. I'd like to think I would be on Debian by now though, since I think apt is the best thing since sliced bread :)

TheSlipstream
September 26th, 2008, 03:09 AM
Debian, I guess. I'm a sucker for APT.

Sealbhach
September 26th, 2008, 09:50 AM
Nobody's mentioned BSD at all. Interesting. I would never have heard of it, didn't know about it at all until I started using Ubuntu.


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Jim!
September 26th, 2008, 10:40 AM
Probably Windows, there is a good chance I'd be using OSX and Windows though - since I was leaning towards OSX when I stumbled upon this amazing thing called "Linux" which in turn lead me to Ubuntu. There is also a good chance I'd have tried openSUSE or some other Linux distro though.

t0p
September 26th, 2008, 10:49 AM
Before I tried ubuntu, I'd been using netbsd for a while (I have a shell account on a netbsd machine) so I might be using that every day instead of the ubuntu.

karellen
September 26th, 2008, 10:49 AM
I've used Suse (back then) before Ubuntu and now I'm currently using Mandriva. so the answer is pretty obvious

Ms_Angel_D
September 26th, 2008, 10:55 AM
Probably would still be using windows :( Boy I'm glad I don't have to any more :D

mick8985
September 26th, 2008, 11:12 AM
Definately Debian, when I first moved over to linux I dived right into gentoo, it was a baptism of fire, but I was quite successful with it for a noob and used it for a few months, before trying Debian where I had trouble getting my ATI card working (curiously much simpler on gentoo).
Then I found Dapper and I was sold for life :)
BTW all you people who are talking about Arch, unless you've tried it, I really doubt you'll like it, the installer is terrible, and leaves you with a system more spartan than server edition.

Dragonbite
September 26th, 2008, 03:17 PM
If it were to "stop being in existence" right now, then I would move back to openSUSE for desktop and CentOS for server.

If it were as if "Ubuntu NEVER existed" then I would probably be primarily Windows and I don't know what I would move to from Gentoo but it would only be on the side and not taking over my entire home computers.

Barrucadu
September 26th, 2008, 04:43 PM
Arch, definitely.

cmat
September 26th, 2008, 04:45 PM
OpenSUSE or Windows XP.

ddnev45
September 26th, 2008, 04:46 PM
I'd still be dual booting WinXP and Red Hat/Fedora

DrMega
September 26th, 2008, 04:54 PM
What OS would you be using? I'm guessing most are going to stay with a Linux distro, but the answers should be interesting.

Honestly, I would probably lean towards OSX.

How about you?

I would have still been using Windows XP.

I tried several Linux distros before a colleague recommended Ubuntu. All the ones I tried just confirmed the stereotype that Linux is over complicated and over rated.

Now I've been Ubuntuing for a couple of years, and know a bit more, I might go distro hopping again soon.

wolfen69
September 26th, 2008, 04:56 PM
Mandriva or Debian.

Bruce M.
September 26th, 2008, 08:30 PM
Well, since Ubuntu is my first and only kick at the Linux-can I'd have to say that I'd probably still be using Windows.

And now with just over a year of Ubuntu that is such a horrible thought.

But one never knows.... I found Ubuntu because a friend "mentioned" it in passing in an Email. No push, no shove, no; you have to try this, he simply mentioned he duel booted with Ubuntu.

Then Windows CRASHED and wouldn't come back, it declared my new HD as DEAD! YEA RIGHT, and I believed it too! The name "UBUNTU" came through the foggy haze of the "What do I do now?" thought process. I've never looked back and have adopted a "Windows is not an option" attitude.

CHIMO!
Bruce

seeker5528
September 26th, 2008, 11:07 PM
I've been a Debian guy every since Corel Linux 1.0 came out and about 2 weeks in I started to apt-get from the Debian repositories to get more current stuff.

Later, Seeker

gomputor
September 26th, 2008, 11:44 PM
Well, I use Ubuntu only for 2 months now after 10 years using Windows and
only Windows (from '95 to XP). If it wasn't Ubuntu then I guess I'd be
using Fedora. Absolutely no way back to Windows again even if I do miss a
lot of Windows applications.
(WinAmp where are you? :( )

steveneddy
September 26th, 2008, 11:50 PM
I had already "discovered" Knoppix and had it installed.

Probably Knoppix or Debian.

Twitch6000
September 26th, 2008, 11:52 PM
PClinuxOS08 ofcourse :).

medic2000
September 26th, 2008, 11:55 PM
Probably Arch and Debian

lyceum
September 27th, 2008, 02:03 AM
I would have used OpenSuSE until MS bought them out, then I would have switched to Fedora. If it didn't take a few weeks to install I would have gone with Gentoo. Any other OS's I would have used would have been based on Ubuntu, so I could not have used them.

I have to add, if it were not for this forum I might have left Ubuntu some time ago. I can make any distro look the way I want. Ubuntu seems more about community, it is the nature of Ubuntu (Linux for Human beings) that keeps me using and promoting Ubuntu. Without an idea behind it, all distros are the same once you load them and tweak them to have the programs you want running the way that you want. Also the 6 month turnaround is awesome :)

Bruce M.
September 27th, 2008, 01:42 PM
I would have used OpenSuSE until MS bought them out, then I would have switched to Fedora.

Are you speculating here or did this happen?

lukjad007
September 27th, 2008, 02:01 PM
Probably debian, though I really don't know since I haven't tried too many due to HD size restraints.

Naiki Muliaina
September 27th, 2008, 02:03 PM
If Ubuntu never existed, i prolly wouldnt have stuck with Linux at all. I would have prolly moved to Amiga4.0 instead.

Linky : http://os4.hyperion-entertainment.biz/

gjoellee
September 27th, 2008, 02:06 PM
mandriva if no ubuntu :)

+1

lyceum
September 27th, 2008, 03:11 PM
Are you speculating here or did this happen?

Novell signed a VERY controversial deal w/ MS stating that they are the only FOSS distributer allowed to do certain things. Other companies followed suit, but none got as good of a deal as Novell. MS stated that when they signed they were agreeing that FOSS users owe MS money and that FOSS rips off MS. Novell states they are wrong, they signed for other business reason (the loads of cash MS is giving them now may have been a big part of that)



On May 14, 2007, Microsoft licensing chief Horacio Gutierrez said on Fortune that Linux and associated free software violated 235 patents owned by Microsoft. Some thought that Microsoft wanted to make other open-source software vendors follow Novell’s lead. However, this move prompted a comment on ZDNet, by Mary Jo Foley, that this "ended any illusion that Microsoft planned to try to build bridges with the open-source community." - Wikipedia


Mark stated that he was against signing anything with MS at this point, as the contracts only benefit MS. Some feel (including people at MS) that singing up with them is an admission that MS is in the right and FOSS users are in the wrong. Of course, FOSS companies that have signed up claim to disagree, yet Novell and MS are the only ones that have any advantage at this point. Some fear that Novell will lose out in the end as well, as the majority of companies that sign up with MS get crushed my MS.

So, yes it happened.

Johnsie
September 27th, 2008, 03:45 PM
Alot of countries don't have patents but do have some trade deals with the US. That is likely to change now that the US economy is failing and the US is losing power around the world. I'd be using Phat Linux if it still existed and I'd also be using Windows. Most computing professionals still need Windows, especially anyone who needs to work with Microsoft databases or multimedia software.

Jordanwb
September 27th, 2008, 04:32 PM
I'd still be using Windows XP on my desktop and my server.

Sorivenul
September 27th, 2008, 04:58 PM
I'd probably use one of the other systems I'm currently booting. FreeBSD or Slackware probably.

John164918a
September 27th, 2008, 05:07 PM
I would have abandoned vista for a pirate copy of XP. Only certain editions of vista allow downgrades to XP. Mine wasnt one of them. I didn't know about compiz-fusion then though!

littletinman
September 27th, 2008, 05:12 PM
OpenSuse, Solaris, I wouldn't be able to afford OSX, so probly stuck with vista.

boobuntu
September 27th, 2008, 06:03 PM
OpenSuse, Solaris, I wouldn't be able to afford OSX, so probly stuck with vista.

There's always the mini? Apple really needs to update that though.

Canis familiaris
September 27th, 2008, 06:09 PM
It would have been PC-BSD or PCLinuxOS.
It could have been OpenSolaris as well.

lyceum
September 28th, 2008, 01:30 PM
Alot of countries don't have patents but do have some trade deals with the US. That is likely to change now that the US economy is failing and the US is losing power around the world.

Yeah, I am hoping that changes here. Ironically MS is working hard to get rid of patents on software here in the US. I am hoping they can pull it off. For more info on US's failing econmy, look here:

http://www.economyincrisis.org/

(It is a site dedicated to the US failing economy, it has been around for 4 years now)

northern lights
September 28th, 2008, 01:52 PM
Arch. Too powerful to not be tried, even with Ubuntu existent.

stephenbrazier
September 28th, 2008, 01:54 PM
What OS would you be using? I'm guessing most are going to stay with a Linux distro, but the answers should be interesting.

Honestly, I would probably lean towards OSX.

How about you?

Windows XP Professional SP3. :twisted:

Eeeek. :cry:

andras artois
September 28th, 2008, 02:04 PM
Probably XP/Vista, Arch or Debian.

DemonBob
September 28th, 2008, 02:11 PM
FreeBSD

Frak
September 28th, 2008, 02:36 PM
Arch

I only use Ubuntu for Ubuntu packaging anyways, since I ditched my debian box.

lyceum
September 28th, 2008, 04:06 PM
Arch. Too powerful to not be tried, even with Ubuntu existent.

I have not tried Arch, or if I have it was too long ago to remember, what makes it so "powerful"?

Frak
September 28th, 2008, 04:11 PM
I have not tried Arch, or if I have it was too long ago to remember, what makes it so "powerful"?
Building your system from scratch + well optimized packages. What's not to be loved.