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If I could go Linux only I would. Games were the only reason I use windows until I upgraded kernel and could not get my printer or camera running on 2.6. I am going to format and upgrade slack and kernel to the most current soon so hopefully I can get them working under linux.
I'd use Linux only, but unfortunately, I've got a Conexant winmodem (there's no way I'm buying drivers) and an ATI 3d card.
So, I use linux for serious, critical stuff, while i use Windows for internet and games. That way, Windows can be contaminated, while keeping my Linux 100% clean (although it repels dirt). Windows still is a spyware/virus magnet, despite my 1.5 million firewalls and cleaners..........
I first thought I could get by with Linux and games, since Cedega is pretty good and there are a few native games for Linux, including my currently favorite, UT2k4. But then, from time to time, I got random problems with Linux after upgrading packages or installing other ones, so I decided to split the tasks: Linux for everything, Windows for games. It worked fine for a while, but I more and more had to boot into Windows to play games, then Linux to program with Java and other stuff.
Well, at the end, I realized that I play games more then I do "serious" stuff, so I dumped Linux and do everything on Windows, gaming, programing, watching movies, surfing the web, etc. I simply can't stand dual-booting. I still run Linux in another box, which I never use and my server, which I remotely administrate with putty, from Windows.
I use Windows for games, Internet Explorer and the good-looking fonts. But the age of my graphics card is starting to show, Firefox is taking over the world and good-looking fonts have been available to X for some time now.
So I've added a new hdd and installed Gentoo on that with a Knoppix live-cd (needed to get the pci wireless NIC up and running).
But I do hate dual-booting. When I think I have had all the fun I can with the games I still have, I will wipe Windows. Then I will buy a nintendo or something. I really need to start keeping games and work separate anyway
Originally posted by Megaman X I simply can't stand dual-booting. I still run Linux in another box, which I never use and my server, which I remotely administrate with putty, from Windows.
I agree, dual booting can drive you balmy sometimes. Nothing worse then booting in to one OS, starting to work and then realising that the document you need is on the other OS's partition . With a different file system . That you can't read from here .
Yeah, I guess if you gotta play the latest games and everything, you need windows. Its not so bad if you do Cygwin and stuff. I don't use windows for anything, but that is only because I only play old games on emulators and native ones.
Good points everybody. Sorry if I've disappointed some of you as BajaNick with my sudden switch to Windows as Desktop OS, ghehe .
Well, my Windows is still filled with free, Open source applications, as mplayer, gimp, open office, gaim and etc. Dual boot won't work for me and while I keep games as a priority, I will have to keep Windows. I will always keep trying out new distributions in another machine and collaborating helping peoples whenever I can with Linux or Windows though
Originally posted by Ovalteen
[B]I agree, dual booting can drive you balmy sometimes. Nothing worse then booting in to one OS, starting to work and then realising that the document you need is on the other OS's partition . With a different file system . That you can't read from here .
There are ext2 and reiser drivers for Windows, and you can access Windows partitions from Linux.