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Thread: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

  1. #9951
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    Over the last 14 or so years I've been in the Linux community (my presence here goes back to 2007, but the account I used is far and long forgotten), I've had spurts where I've used Linux exclusively.

    Usually the decider in me leaving is League of Legends.

    At the moment I've been taking the tool approach. I've got an Intel NUC I use for persistent servers I write. Currently running 18.04. It is... by far the quickest thing to set up as a host. I also have an RPI just running the base Raspbian for use as a microcontroller.

    I have a Chromebook with the built in Debian Wheezy container, and my desktop is currently Windows 10. Mainly the reason for this is cost and the form factor. I can get a C++ compiler on it without selling my soul to anyone, so that's the biggest win. In Windows 10 - what C++ development I want to do is mainly via the remote mode on CLion to my RPI.

    I had a MBP for a while, but it's just really not the development heaven I thought it'd be. Apple locked down the Unix portions of the OS pretty hard, and the directory structure is *scantly* Unix. It's nice if you want a commercial Unix, but it's really not as well done of a development experience as Linux.

    In an absolutely perfect world, I'd be running Linux on everything for the shared ecosystem benefits. But 3 out of 4 isn't bad.

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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    The most popular O.S here in Philippines is Microsoft Windows and most of the Filipino never heard such Linux O.S only few Filipino who knows Linux and I am one of those. I knew Linux since 2003 by that time it is "Red Hat" I encounter, then I encounter the "Ubuntu", the 3D one, that is the time that I begin to have the interest in Linux until then, But I don't have the machine yet to use at that time. I never denied that I've started to learn computing using Microsoft O.S. But now, I have my Ubuntu installed in my machine till then I never switch to Microsoft.
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    Working from home via VPN to my work desktop that runs Win10 Pro. My laptop (Ubuntu 19.10) doesn't have enough screen for the setup at the office so I'm using an HP Pavilion Mini 300-20 that originally came with Win Pro 8! and now running Lubuntu 20.04. Our IT folks got me the Linux application for the Barracuda VPN ("We don't support Linux", he said and left me alone with it.) Anyway, the little HP works just fine, a tad slow with copy and paste perhaps, but more than adequate. The only change I have made to the HP was swapping out the original HDD for an SSD. Highly recommended!
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    I started experimenting with Linux (FreeBSD) probably close to twenty years ago but used Windows as my everyday OS. Since every Windows OS from Win98 on has gotten bigger and slower, with a lot of (for me) unnecessary bloat, I began to use it less and less. A few weeks ago, while installing 20.04 I inadvertently trashed my Win 10 install. Rather than reinstall it on my second HDD, I am now running it in a VM in my Ubuntu 20.04 OS. I really only use Windows anymore on my downstairs PC so I can run my flight simulators.

    delta1071

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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    I'm new to the forums and so leaving my first mark here seems appropriate. I've been using Ubuntu exclusively on two machines for ~6 months now. I still have Windows 10 installed on a second partition on my 'gaming laptop', so I can still play racing games and far cry, etc - I'm not a big gamer tbh.

    I've experimented with various Linux flavours for probably about 10 years, maybe a little longer, but I've never felt the need to switch full time. I honestly switched to Ubuntu a few months ago just as something to do one weekend and it stuck. I'm still picking up lots of little tips and tricks to make day to day life easier, but I'm enjoying Ubuntu more than Win 10. It's hard to pinpoint why, I just like the 'flow' of using it. I feel like I'm more productive.

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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    hey man,

    I've sort of switched, still got macos on a different partition but don't log into it often. It seems to run what i need, some issues with fonts due to my retina display but all good. To be fair, i mainly switched as i need to learn more linux.

    jim

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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    I'm basically 100% on Ubuntu now although I have a Virtualbox VM running Windows 10 as a backup. I'm remoting into work using OpenConnect VPN and FreeRDP which does multi-screen remote desktops. I'm not a gamer really, but I wanted to get all my old games up and running again. I downloaded half life and Rome total war from steam using my old CD keys, and I've got C&C red alert 2 and PES4 running via PlayOnLinux so all my old games work on Ubuntu now anyway! Steam is brilliant nowadays, 10 years ago you had to struggle through installing stuff with Wine with mixed success, but no longer.

    I used Red Hat when I was a PhD student and have always liked the fact if you wanted some software you could just download it, and generally there were numerous options for what you wanted to do. It makes the software so much more accessible and means you can be way more productive.
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    Re: How many of you completely switched to Linux?

    Wow, this thread started in 2004 and was talking about switching from WinXP to Linux in the desktop space.

    I am a mixed bag personally.

    Most of the PCs/laptops at home came with Win7/Win8 and were upgraded to Win10 when it was free. My personal PC is Win10 mainly because of the large Steam collection of games.

    At work, our PCs are also Win7/8/10 mainly because of services that REQUIRE Internet Explorer and other Windows-only apps. I wanted to setup Linux-based desktops but just couldn't do it because of so many Windows-required apps which would have killed my Citrix servers.

    We have many Windows servers which are here because of the selected service requires it (e.g. medical equipment). The decision on services was never about the OS they ran on, only what they offered and whether or not we could host it. However, when given the choice, I tend to setup Linux servers for better utilization of the shared resources in virtual environments. It's hard to beat setting up a server that only requires 10GB of space and 512MB of RAM...not to mention a reduction in the hassles of licenses and the ability to roll out virtual machines with a touch of a button and only need to change the IP address and name to make it unique...unlike the pains of sysprep cloning.

    LHammonds

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