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I have a win98 partition, which I don't use because I don't see any need for it. I haven't gotten rid of it because of the hassle of backing up my SuSE, then reformat the whole HD, then repartition, then install, then restore. I just ignore it. Some day, I'll need the disk space, then I'll bite the bullet and remove it.
Basically: I don't use it; I don't need it. Everything I need I can get from SuSE, Knoppix, or SourceMage.
I still do. . For games. (How could i give up 3D pinball? ;D no seriously, there are few games for linux. Some of the massive ones, like UT2004, DOOM 3 etc...) But i'm far from proud of it. ;D i think i have addiction or something! Maybe when I get a distro I feel more; comfortable with - something more standardised (slackware i try next); then i will try and kick the habbit. But i will put it another way: six months in and i would sooner lose windows than linux, any day. I also use windows for 3d work, but that will change as i use blender anyway; which is fine on linux.
It is sad more companies don't adopt linux . Is it the "no one ever got fired for buying microsoft" mentality, or is it something else i don't know about, like lack of linux certification, perhaps? Or is it the ad campaign MS run saying that TCO for windows is less than that for linux?
I just asked my 5 year old daughter what operating system is on this computer, she said its Linux. Have been windows free for two years this month at home. Proud to say I got my wife, 5 year old daughter and 3 year old son to use it as well. At work my workstation are linux boxes only, I do have to use windows for one app but I VNC into a windows box set up for my boss and I to share probably 10% of my work.
I use Linux (Debian) exclusively at home, and have two workstations on my desk at work. One is a Toshiba Equim (POS) Pentium 2- 266mhz running Win2k and Lotus Notes and the other is a new Dell Optiplex GX270 running SuSE 9.2 pro and all the apps I use to do my job (Linux server admin, web programming, etc).
I do have a Windows XP partition on my main desktop machine at home (see below), but the ntloader failed about 6 months ago and I realized I don't care enough to restore it to working order. I hadn't booted it in a long time anyway.
i've been windows free since the aug of '04. after replacing my motherboard and upgrading the processor, windows would not boot because of the change in hardware (flash os) so it got removed and i couldnt be happier.