Dual Booters out there -- What do you still run on Windows
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I don't use windows. I bought my present desktop last Christmas, it came with XP pre-installed. XP lasted 1-2 days, I put Slackware on the unit. XP is very sluggish compared to Slackware 12.2. I've been Windows free for several years now.
I use Windows from time to time to print some documents because I got as a gift Canon PIXMA iP3600 and I was unable to run that printer using my Slackware Linux.
It might have been a gift, but it certainly wasn't a bless
A windows license worths more or less twice the price of that printer.
I haven't used windows for years. When I last used it in my home pcs it was around 2003 or maybe 2002, I only used it back then to play some games. Since I am not a gamer I didn't really lose so much when making the change.
I guess that games is still one of the bigger show-stoppers when thinking about making the change.
At work i use windows cause support for drawing programs in Linux is sadly not very good
^^ there are just no equivalents in linux (have tried many linux versions and they cant compete), as such life goes on and perhaps someday ....
At work I use various versions of Windows because it's my job. At home because digital SLR manufacturers don't make their software available for Linux and neither do they run fine on Wine. Well, there are options to work with the compressed as well as raw images in Linux distributions too, but mostly they make the work much more time-consuming and difficult than the software coming from the camera manufacturer. Some 3rd-party software makers have fairly promising things to sell, but I rather spend the money on lenses or other hardware than on software which gets old the next year, or probably sooner.
To keep it in jail. (I run it in the KVM virtual machine on Slackware 12.2), Intel dual core CPU with virtualization support. A virt. mach. may as well be a jail, ie provides full control over the O.S. that runs inside the virt. mach.
I've several, a Win XP and also a couple different releases of Win 7 beta and a Win 7 Release Candidate 1.
All of these are in KVM. I fire up one at a time. My sys likely have enough resource to run two, say, both XP and a Win 7 beta at once if KVM can do two virt. mach. at once. (will try it one day) 3 OS's running simultaneously in real time on one hardware box.
I now support XP on several of friend's boxes for their business. I recommend them they skip Vista then consider Win 7 as in a day will come when their business software's minimum requirements will not any longer include XP as being amongst the OS's that their software will run on.
user account control (on Win 7) (learning)
For my learning/familiarization purposes (so as to support) (unless I switch my friends over to Mac OSX which I already **very nearly** **oh yes, very nearly** did so. M$ don't know how near.) Their software/app. offers a Mac OSX version.
I also nearly made them buy more powerful hardware so I could do them like myself (the VM or jail thing).
But I back them up lots and even more. And I have them redundancy. And I have plenty of hard disk images on DVD's that I can restore upon a moment's notice and then copy their data from an external backup source, to put back on.
I don't------Did you have any other questions??....
I don't. Lucky you!
Originally Posted by i92guboj
It might have been a gift, but it certainly wasn't a bless
It wasn't bless -- it was regress.
In 2000 I stopped to use Windows at all and started to use Slackware Linux exclusively -- at home and at work.
In 2004 I bought IBM T40. It came with Windows XP. I had a lot of problems with that machine. I suspected invalid BIOS so I updated it a few times a year. IBM provided BIOS-es in Windows EXE format so I was forced to keep Windows XP just for updating BIOS. Strange but true. Because I don't like to waste disk space I made gzipped copy of the Windows partition and I restored the system from it in a few minutes when I needed to update BIOS. In the meantime I used that partition for testing different Linuxes. After three years I stated my problems concern invalid motherboard and CD-ROM drive. I sent my machine to the service, they replaced motherboard and CD-ROM, and my problems disappeared. So I wiped Windows out though I kept backup copy of the system.
In 2008 I bought IBM/Lenovo T60. It came with Windows XP and so called hidden partition including dedicated installation version of Windows. I removed installed system as well as the hidden partition. In result I have pure Slackware Linux machine with ``Designed for Windows XP'' label.
On Christmas I get Canon printer as a gift. I tried to return it after holidays but it was too late. I found drivers for that printer in DEB and RPM formats on some Japanese site but it didn't work with my Slackware Linux. So I restored Windows XP on my old T40. Now I prepare documents on T60 with Slackware, export them to PDFs, copy them to pen drive, run T40 with Windows, copy documents from pen drive, and print them. Piece of cake.