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Thread: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

  1. #4101
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    I switched completely a couple of months ago when my XP froze and gave me a pretty hard time.

    I used to play loads of games and that's what kept me from changing long ago. But when I started doing science I traded in my free time and hence had no more use for XP since I had no time for games...


  2. #4102
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    I only use Ubuntu
    Roses are red, Violets are blue, Windows and I are through!

  3. #4103
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    All my machines have Ubuntu running them. I have XP installed via vbox for the sole purpose of using my iPhone 3G with iTunes. Other than that, just Linux. I did however almost revert the other day to setting up a dual boot b/c I couldn't get my new Sony BT headphones to work, but figured that out and averted disaster

  4. #4104
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    I sure did
    Macbook 6.1, 4GB RAM, Core2Duo, and some other stuff's in there as well...

  5. #4105
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    i got rid of windows a while ago, mostly because it literally broke its self trying to do a back up....

    i eventually reinstalled it on this machine because i couldnt get wireless to work, after i installed it i realized it was just a brainfart and i was using the wrong driver.... now i just have windows sitting there

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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    sudo rm -rf /washingtonstate/redmond/microsoft_campus
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  7. #4107
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    Not a windows PC in the house anymore (atleast not any that arn't virtual)! And that makes 7 Ubuntu's total! Oh and I convert windows users daily

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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    See, the thing is now I feel like I should make some kind of serious attempt at a post in this thread, and that means I keep working on this and editing it and then not liking the direction and re-editing again (and again and again...) Argh!

    I've always been a Mac person, having gotten my first computer, a Mac Plus, in 1986. I've seen a lot and been through a lot, and of course being a self-taught graphic designer and desktop publisher (with a lot of help from a very good friend of mine), naturally my platform of choice has always been the Mac.

    A friend of mine put me on to Linux initially about 1996 or so, but of course at that time things were still too early in development for it to be of use to someone like me. But nevertheless, this whole thread of Linux (before I'd even heard of F/OSS) has been in my life for quite a while. I bought a copy of SuSE 6.2 (I think) waaaaaaaaaay back yonder, and so it's something I've been playing with, on and off, for a while.

    As Apple experienced a rebirth and brought BSD and NextStep into the fold for Mac OS X, it was clear that a lot of this "Linux" stuff really had some merit to it. I've built PCs before, but never really had them long enough (nor were they really powerful enough) for what I like to do, but I definitely tried out different "eras" of the Linux experience on them. Anyhow...

    So, my last two Macs were a 15" PowerBook G4 1.5GHz and a 15" iMac G4 800MHz. Last December I sold the PowerBook and was then down to just an eight-hundred megahertz system from 2002. (Actually, that's not technically true. I also -- still -- have a vintage 1997 "Beige" PowerMac G3/300, but a while ago I'd set up Debian on it and repurposed it as a home-based file server.) I was really getting irritated by how time was marching on, and my iMac was just no longer sufficient to get by.

    Desperate, but not really willing/able to drop a ton of money on another Mac at that time, I decided I'd get a PC. What really convinced me to do this was the price point: $269 for a 2.4 GHz AMD64 3800+ based eMachines W5243, 1GB RAM and a 250GB HDD. Of course, it had Windows Vista on it, but I figured (since, in another life quite apart from my designer one, I am also a trained, certified and experienced computer tech) I should at least be able to honestly say I've "used" Vista. This was about March.

    Well, by the end of May, I'd had all I could take of having to authorize myself to authorize myself to authorize myself to do even what should be truly mundane tasks. Sure, it was waaaaaaaay-the-heck faster than my Mac, but I just couldn't stand it any longer. So, I decided to hunt around for current Linux distros and see what stuck to the wall, as it were. Now, I've used Ubuntu before, even on Apple PPC hardware, so I'm familiar with it. I tried at least three different distros (Fedora, Mandriva, and Ubuntu) and the one which hands-down was the most stable and simply worked the best was Ubuntu 8.04.

    I've been running a single-booted Ubuntu system ever since.

    I still have my iMac (and I've recently acquired several other more-powerful PPC-based Macs) and I do some stuff in Photoshop and InDesign with them (and naturally iTunes is my preferred platform for iPod usage), but I find Ubuntu sufficiently compelling that this system is going to be a permanent fixture in my home (well, until I put enough cash together to build a more powerful system and turn this into the replacement Debian server I really initially intended to).

    For me, Gnome's desktop is kind of like Mac OS Classic Finder done right (with a few odd quirks, but that's alright.) The more familiar I become with Linux, of course, the better off I am on Mac OS X because of it's underpinnings, and the better I can help others who use Macs. Being something of a budding F/OSS advocate, I'm also where I need to be at this time to help serve as a stepping stone for people who want to take that next step.

    Anyhow, sorry for the long post, but that's my story and I'm sticking to it!
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  9. #4109
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    I've been mostly Windows free since around the time of Feisty Fawn. I kept seeing little remarks around the 'net about something called Ubuntu and one day checked it out. Since Gutsy I've never had any issues to speak of. On the rare occasion I need to use Windows I just go to my dads house and use his, then look in the repositories for an app that I could use in the future.

  10. #4110
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    i work in a company in Private Banking Services for the last 6 years..
    we were using Windows XP..but when i say "use" i mean like 14-16 hours a day.
    I work here as a System Administrator and i made the big discussion..
    What about changing from "Microsoft Windows XP" to "Linux Ubuntu Desktop Edition"?
    They were like...What the F***..are you crazy? we can't work without windows..
    At first i set up 2 machines with Ubuntu..Told them to work with these just to see how it feels..
    After 2 weeks we changed 47 pc's to Ubuntu.
    Now i am a happy system administrator that sits down at his desk and writing in forums

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