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I have a dual boot system with Mandrake 9.2 and Win 2K. My kids use windows for gaming (me too, sometimes), but as soon as games are available for linux, or I figure out how to use wine (or both), I will dump windows completely. I do everything else on Linux. MP3, DVD, Office apps, etc.
I've only been using Linux for about 2 months, but I'm hooked. The only frustrating part for me is that I don't always have the time to do the research to figure out how to make things work that don't work currently. I originally switched to Linux because of my hatred for Gates and his predatory practices, but I've found that I love the system too. (I'm a bit of a rebel too, and swimming against the current just feels GOOD!)
Here we are not gamers, only workers, and in our office we have some 37 Computers, with two redhat 9 servers running, and 11 workstations also running redhat 9, and two running mandrake 9.1, the rest is running Windows2000 ( by far the best working platform from Microsoft ) for a pure office inviorement NO you can not live without Windows, atlest not in China, due to the poor Chinese input system in Linux. To us here the most stable configuration is Redhat servers with samba of cause, and W2K Workstations that works, We could live without Windows if Linux had a good Chinese input system, as OpenOffice 1.1 now is pretty good, and Gimp is also good, so Linux give us a good Chinese Input system, and we will dump Windows.
Eeewww, if they come to my house and make me use Windows again, I'm going to shoot myself. But they won't find me this time. I hid. And even if I do see them coming near, I'll just close my eyes. They can't see me if I close my eyes.
Windows is a cancer that attaches itself to your hard drive and begins corrupting every file that it touches, designed to fail so that you'll be more eager to pay large sums of money for an update(cleverly disguised as the next version of Windows).
I don't like Windoze either, but like I said in a office invoirement in China you can NOT live without Windows, atleast not until Linux comes out with a distribution which has a good Chinese Input syetem, which is iqual to that of Windoze 2000, then we can live without Windoze.
I'm sure if some of the open source people realize getting Chinese support will cause a lot of people to drop Windows, somebody would start working on it. It seems like it just needs to be made a bigger issue.
Being trapped in a Windows world is no fun at all.
HI Brane Ded you are right if they just realized that there is 1.3 Billion people here in China, and the computer world is expanding with light speed, and Chinese don't linke paying for anything, even W2K or WXP is only 0.60 US$ cents, that is very cheap, well not really legal as 90% of the Chinese market is PIRAT software, but I have been here now five years, and the Chinese are interested in Linux, but vith the very poor Chinese Input support it is difficult to turn them around, also when you get the Chinese to work the fonts are discusting, so still long way to go.
After all the Chinese are smarter that us, they don't pay for Microsoft, but still even if it where free I still would prefer Redhat Linux apart from the Chinese input system.
Lets all help Microsoft combat Piracy - swtich to Linux the free OS
Helping microsoft combat piracy would be reducing the price of microsoft software. Then maybe people would pay for it. I would, - if it weren't ten kazillion bucks.
Okay maybe I wouldnt. But others would. The more clever Linux gets the better. More intelegent GUIs tools, more intelegent software installation, and more compatibility between distros the better. Oh and hardware support.
Theres like 3 seperate sound system things running on my Linux machine - by default. Things like that are just confusing and pointless. Its the price you pay for freedom of choice - having to choose EVERYTHING.
Which browser? Which desktop?
Wait - if you need that desktop, you'll need this & this & this & this.
Oh by the way I reccomend this & this & this because it simplifies this. But to install it you'll need to upgrade your version of this & this & this.
Welcome to Linux.
I convinced myself that I did not need windows by using vmware on a linux host for a while. Now I do not even have it installed. At work I just use rdesktop to connect to your win2k servers for work. I mount windows shares using samba, use openoffice for documents, mplayer for movies, xmms for music, etc.... I run completely on a slackware 9.1 install on my compaq laptop now.
I still need Windows for my sequencing apps, softsynths and music station software. There isn't a lot of good music software for Linux and none is as user friendly as e.g. FL or Reason. Besides, audio support is not good enough (yet), and the latency is too high...and...it won't recognize my keyboard
I also play some games and simulations (Orbiter, X-Plane) that won't run under Linux.
I can see myself erasing my Windows partition if there were more games, more/better music software and better support for audio cards and lower latencies in Linux. For everything except games and music, Linux works is as good as Windows..except when I get stuck with some problem and have to spend hours trying to figure it out, but that's because I'm still a newbie
It's not quite ready for the Desktop but getting there.
I first tried Linux late 1995, after a win95 crash. A very early version of Debian was on the cover of boot magician's issue 10. I had to wipe my hard drive anyway so I tried the cd and have not look back. Now I run gentoo Linux. I use Linux to watch dvd movies, edit html, create jazz music, web browsing, do research, and help the wife with school papers. Etc. I am now building a web site that will only sale linux geer. www.linuxmall.us