Dual Booters out there -- What do you still run on Windows
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I dual boot with win 2000 Pro. I used to run xp, but the sp2 "upgrade" took care of that. I need internet exploder to access our companies intranet from home. Nothing else will work at all. I also use my Epson 200's CD printer software.
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there are a few things programs (mostly games) that don't run quite so well in Linux, but on my laptop I use Windows to disguise myself as a script kiddie (if you run windows they don't think you're a threat... little to do they know you have a Linux partition hidden on your drive, heh). Also, when I show people cross-platform apps that I've written they don't believe it runs in Win unless I show it running in Win. They're always like "oh, is that a linux program?".
my web design teacher has been reformating the server this past week trying to see which OS(server 2000 and server 2003) works better. hes reformated 6 times already. i suggested using linux to him today, but he didnt hear me(he was focusing on the install of 2003) ill suggest it to him again tomorrow. ill see what he "still runs on windows" and if he says he doesnt know nix, i might set it up myself and maybe get out of doing that stupid website project...
I still run everything on Windows. For the software I use, either a decent clone is not available or it just flat out sucks. Like an early beta edition from 5 versions ago.
Linux as an OS has come a long way since my first install but most of the software still sucks. Much of it still has a bedrrom programmer unpolish feel to it. I can't program so I'm no help but when it comes to a crappy OS with great software or a great OS with crap software.. I still primarily run Windows.. you decide.
I dont think of it as an anti-ms thing, just a what works for me thing. And somedays, linux woks best for me, and somedays windows works best.
While I joke about the BSOD and viri (which are the two largest complaints I hear voiced about MS), I rarely ever, if ever, experience either. My Win2k runs smoothly, I have good virus protection and am mostly up to date with security patches. I am always behind a very strong firewall.
I keep my machines maintained well. All of my workstations work are windows 2000 with just the bare minimum to get the job done. They all run smoothly. What I have found is that windows will run very smoothly as long as you only install what you need and programs from reliable vendors. It isn't untill you have 20+ extra programs installed that conflicts come up and begin to bring your system down.
So, it comes down to a matter of functionality. Untill Macromedia releases thier products under linux or someone comes up with a way of besting them, windows will handle those tasks.
Wine is not worth the hassle to me, why emulate windows? I'd rather save myself the time and just boot into it.
I would not, however, look at Microsoft for servers unless I was forced to by a critical application that would only run on a MS server. Otherwise, I'd like to skip the licensing issues and headaches and provide all services via linux. The stability of linux as a server also makes it worth its while. I shut down my servers about once a year. The Net Admin across the street has to shut down once or twice a month.
Patching Ms Servers is also a huge downfall. EAch patch carries with it a huge risk. It takes far too much planning, and oftentimes patches are "use at your own risk" They only provide an initial version of a patch and dont do any updates unless its brings down about half the systems it is deployed on. Whereas the patches for linux are constantly updated.
I am glad that there are people out there with significant programming skill who hate Microsoft. They make linux a viable alternative. The more, the better. I am just not one of either.