Last edited by Old_Grey_Wolf; February 27th, 2014 at 10:31 PM.
Use whatever OS or desktop works for you. Backup your computer regularly, and definitely before upgrading, partitioning, or installing an OS.
No support requests by PM please.
I originally got my start with the Commodore 64, and later DOS based PC's, but back in these days I dual booted Windows 2000 as my main OS, and had Windows 98SE installed just for games.
Slightly later I discovered Linux, and by the late 90's I had replaced Windows 2000 with desktop Red Hat. A few years later the combo was Desktop Gentoo Linux and Windows XP for games. Eventually I migrated to Ubuntu, and then moved on to Mint when Unity became the default window manager.
These days I'm on Mint 16 (Cinnamon) for most things, and dual boot into Windows 7 whenever I get the gaming itch (which is less and less frequent)
I hate the fact that I have to dual boot all the time, and I'm hoping that the Linux based SteamOS will be a huge success, so that future titles will all be released for the Linux platform, and I can get rid of my Windows install once and for all.
Desktop: Intel Core i7-3930K@4.7Ghz, Asus P9X79 WS, 32GB Corsair DDR3-2000, 256GB OCZ Vertex 4 SSD, Sound Blaster Titanium HD, GeForce GTX TITAN
Laptop: HP Folio 9470m, Core i5-3427u, 8GB
ESXi (FreeNAS + Mythbuntu): Dual Xeon L5640, 96GB RAM, 48TB
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Nope I do not miss Win 98. It did have some nice backgrounds as such. They put more in that way as Win 98 never did have a Plus Pack for it. Win 95 and Win XP had plus packs and they were cool. But I have almost completely switched to Ubuntu. We have a comp at work that runs Win 3.1. It is used on an engraver. It's an old IBM 486 I believe. Dustier than all get out. It's left running 24/7.
Why aren't you on #ubuntuforums on irc.freenode.net?
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I miss MS DOS and PC DOS. My favourite command is fdisk and format c:/s.
Nope...I do miss KDE 3.0 and Linspire.
A friendly & helpful Linux community who has started a large cursor theme project. If you are sick of tiny cursors, go here and get one.
The favorite prank in our school was a stack of cards that started a job to read whatever cards followed (usually the job of an unsuspecting student), and to repunch them with the right characters, so that when held against the light the stack of cards would show a p*n*s. Seasoned students learned to start their stack with an end-of-job card. Ah, the fun you could have with 8K or ferrite core RAM!
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