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Old 01-08-2005, 09:58 AM   #1
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Goodbye, Linux (for now)


Well, I've been dual booting between Windows XP and Mandrake 10.x for about six months. I enjoyed everything I learned while playing with Linux, but in the end, I got tired of it, and yes, last night, I removed the Linux partitions from my machine and gave the entire hard drive back to M$.

My reasons for doing so:

1. My wife despises linux, and rightly so, because just about anything important eventually required command line configuring. So, I had to dual boot forever no matter what. I got tired of having to pick an OS at boot time. Often I would pick the wrong one, or it would as it timed out, etc. I also just got tired of going back and forth.

2. Things built into the Windows XP operating system require programs to work in Linux. For example, my digital camera is automatically recognized by the filesystem itself and I can browse it without starting a program.

3. I seemed to plateau in my learning curve, and became annoyed with having to configure things manually - such as in Kontact having to manually configure it to pick the previous or the next message, and still not have all the functionality that Outlook gives me.

While I enjoyed not having to maintain anti-virus and anti-spyware stuff in it, I still had to maintain these things in my Windows configuration, so I didn't really save any effort.

And, in the end, my gaming bug gets me, because I do enjoy PC games that cannot be played in Linux worth a hoot, and I get tired of the poor 3d drivers for Nvidia cards rendering scenes poorly in comparison to Windows.

This is not a complaint: I had fun. I knew what I was doing, I knew what I was in for, and I enjoyed it. It's just over.

This is not a recommendation: This is just my situation and how I feel about it at this point. I was checking my email and browsing the web, and since I have to keep Windows anyway, why not just do that there. What's the big deal?

While I hate giving Bill Gates my money, I also hate having to bust my butt to make things do what I want them to (when I am not in the mood).
 
Old 01-08-2005, 10:20 AM   #2
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i agree on some points with u , regarding games

but i think u could not find the reasons for which linux is so lovable and windows is not.
and besides Mandrake 10.1 has a lot of GUI tools , and very less editing of files is required. i still prefer editing the files.

and u can anyday come to LINUX without paying anything

regards
 
Old 01-08-2005, 10:35 AM   #3
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Re: Goodbye, Linux (for now)

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Originally posted by Linux24

1. My wife despises linux, and rightly so
I found the only reason in that post of yours.
I do not wish to offend anyone and apologize beforehand if I say how often we, men, forget what is it to be MAN. And how often we have more balls then brains...
 
Old 01-08-2005, 10:36 AM   #4
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Moved: Goodbye's are more suitable in General, since they are not asking technical questions.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 10:41 AM   #5
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Originally posted by masand
i agree on some points with u , regarding games

but i think u could not find the reasons for which linux is so lovable and windows is not.
and besides Mandrake 10.1 has a lot of GUI tools , and very less editing of files is required. i still prefer editing the files.

and u can anyday come to LINUX without paying anything

regards
There is no absolute where something is "loveable" or not. That is simply a personal preference. I found many things to like about Linux, but when it came to just using my PC, and being stuck in dual boot, I found it annoying to have two operating systems, and I found it annoying to have hardware not recognized or fully utilized, and I found it annoying to configure. I'm not running a server, and I can afford the $80 for Windows without having a nervous breakdown.

I enjoyed my time there. Do not try to rationalize away what I wrote for yourself so that you can walk away from having read such a posting arrogantly confident that all who leave the Linux world are somehow less smart than you or failed somehow where you succeeded.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 10:47 AM   #6
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no one is less smart here.It is not that people those use windows are less smart .

i did not mean to be arrogant but i was just putting my point like u did

regards
 
Old 01-08-2005, 11:59 AM   #7
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I would get sick of dual-booting myself, but seeing as the first PC I owned got SuSE put on it as the only OS, I had fewer habits to carry over from Windows. Having used Windows XP extensively at my parents' house (while installing spyware protection, AV apps, setting up their firewall, as well as installing Firefox), I can tell you that a digicam being "built-in" to the filesystem is a matter of being lucky enough that the driver is pre-installed for your camera. My Fuji S620 needed a driver from the website just to transfer the pictures under Windows XP, while SuSE got the make, model and let me at the pictures first time. SuSE could also find and use the Winmodem on my brothers PC that Win XP could not - which is a fairly ironic state of affairs.

Sorry you didn't find Linux to your tastes, but there are many more flavours for you to try if you come back, and there are always people here to help you at LQ.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 01:54 PM   #8
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this is a pointless thread, close it down to discourage similar ones.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 02:01 PM   #9
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Originally posted by thegreatgatsby
this is a pointless thread, close it down to discourage similar ones.
thegreatgatsby!
This is still open forum! People ARE entitled to have opinion!
I'm surprized at this angry remark of yours
 
Old 01-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #10
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this is a pointless thread, close it down to discourage similar ones.
You know, some have gone over the edge and in my opinion, I see no point in these types of threads but yes, people are entitled the right to post any such topic in the General area, just as long as it doesn't break any of LQ's stated rules.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 02:07 PM   #11
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yes!!

everyone here is free to express his/her opinion
 
Old 01-08-2005, 02:17 PM   #12
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sorry
 
Old 01-08-2005, 06:45 PM   #13
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Re: Goodbye, Linux (for now)

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Originally posted by Linux24
Well, I've been dual booting between Windows XP and Mandrake 10.x for about six months. I enjoyed everything I learned while playing with Linux, but in the end, I got tired of it, and yes, last night, I removed the Linux partitions from my machine and gave the entire hard drive back to M$.


Those who truly wish to learn do not dual boot, they format and install Linux and devote themselves to learning which comes through true use of Linux. I tired of Mandrake as well and I switched to SUSE. I've had so much more fun with SUSE than with Mandrake.

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My wife despises linux, and rightly so, because just about anything important eventually required command line configuring.


I guess we know who wears the pants in the family. :P

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So, I had to dual boot forever no matter what. I got tired of having to pick an OS at boot time.


So provide only one choice: Linux! You got tired of picking an OS at boot? Do you hop up and down in front of microwaves too because they take too long to prepare food? :P

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Things built into the Windows XP operating system require programs to work in Linux. For example, my digital camera is automatically recognized by the filesystem itself and I can browse it without starting a program.


Did you build your digital camera yourself? If not, most cameras are supported and work very well, it sounds like you didn't give Linux a chance IMO. I love how I can plug most cameras into Linux (and other devices) and they can instantly be used. Whereas in Windows it's time to install drivers and usually reboot before your real fun can begin.

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I seemed to plateau in my learning curve, and became annoyed with having to configure things manually - such as in Kontact having to manually configure it to pick the previous or the next message, and still not have all the functionality that Outlook gives me.


Try SUSE. Most everything can be done from within a GUI in my experience.

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While I enjoyed not having to maintain anti-virus and anti-spyware stuff in it, I still had to maintain these things in my Windows configuration, so I didn't really save any effort.


And now you have even more time to maintain the various anti-virus, anti-spyware/adware/keylogger/trojan etc. programs. Enjoy!

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And, in the end, my gaming bug gets me, because I do enjoy PC games that cannot be played in Linux worth a hoot, and I get tired of the poor 3d drivers for Nvidia cards rendering scenes poorly in comparison to Windows.


I used to play games in Windows a lot as well, and when I switched to Linux I discovered Enemy Territory. It's free and it's fun! Sure, there may not currently be a ton of 3d games for Linux, but that's what systems like Gamecube and such are for! :-) There are a lot of cool games for Linux which aren't glorified 3d goodness but I think you just didn't use Linux long enough to appreciate it. When I weaned myself off of the Windows games I discovered that I could use my computer for so much more than mind numbing games: the thousands of free applications out there on sites like Freshmeat.net and Sourceforge became my entertainment.

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This is not a complaint: I had fun. I knew what I was doing, I knew what I was in for, and I enjoyed it. It's just over.


And this is not a flame, lots of sarcasm, but lots of truth as well. IMO I don't think you knew what you were doing, or what you were in for, because it sounds like you didn't give Linux a long enough or serious enough try. You still fell back on Windows via dual boot and were using Mandrake. Did you give any other distros a try?

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This is not a recommendation:


Of course it isn't, it doesn't have anything to recommend IMO. Just another slippery ride of a dual booter.

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This is just my situation and how I feel about it at this point. I was checking my email and browsing the web, and since I have to keep Windows anyway, why not just do that there. What's the big deal?


The big deal is more than just the dozens of facts I could point out in favor of Linux vs. Windows, it's a philosophy, it's secure computing. It's anti-monopoly. It's true freedom.

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While I hate giving Bill Gates my money, I also hate having to bust my butt to make things do what I want them to (when I am not in the mood).


In other words, it's tough thinking for yourself? :P Enjoy your Windows box, you'll be back.

Last edited by furfurdemon666; 01-08-2005 at 06:48 PM.
 
Old 01-08-2005, 07:12 PM   #14
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come on people, give Linux24 some slack(not ware), he obviously had a rough time w/ linux. I dual booted because I needed to be able to use my computer for school, without having something be wrong. I'm just playing with linux, when I feel comfortable I may stop dual-booting. If Linux24 installed makdrake on the same computer his wife used, and his wife is not "geeky" then he did what he had to do. He said he'd be back "Goodbye to linux (for now)".

Again
CUT HIM SOME SLACK for goodness sake!
 
Old 01-08-2005, 07:32 PM   #15
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I still have not got my bluetooth adapter to work on my laptop in XP.
I lost the stupid disk for my bluetooth and I can't find the drivers anywhere that work.

Goodbye (for now)
 
  


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