I made this thread because I'm wondering all those that switched from Windows, why you chose to switch to Linux from Windows and for those that have always used Linux, why you never switched to using Windows and if you'd tried Windows, why you never stayed with Windows.
What is it about Linux that has kept you from wanting to switch to Windows?
I've always used Centos for our servers but I just installed Fedora Core 7 last week as a desktop and still getting used to the change from Windows.
I used Windows XP for ages but a few days before I installed Linux, as a desktop, I tried Vista RC2.
It was crap wrapped up in pretty wrapping! No exaggeration unfortunately...
It seemed okay, starting out - a bluescreen here and there, then it updated and one of the updates caused a memory leak in the kernel and it went downhill from there. I spent a week trying to get my things moved over so I could install Linux. It was that bad.
It really upset me thinking about how many people were paying to beta-test for Vista.
People were paying $400+ for a Vista release that really wasn't ready to be released, so basically people were paying to be beta-testers.
I spent 8 or 9 hours writing up a 3 page article and saw that Windows was updating. I went on with adding the finishing touches to the article and and error screen popped up with Kaspersky. I just closed Kasperksy out and another error popped up, then another. Next thing I know the entire system froze up and I couldn't save my work!
While you're using Ultraedit-32, if your system crashes it will normally save a backup of anything unsaved. With that crash, it didn't
The system bluescreened and from then on, every time I rebooted, i'd get a bluescreen. When I'd leave Windows up overnight, I'd wake up to it being bluescreened.
My husband has to repair his .pst every time Vista bluescreens on him, but he chooses to keep up the fight with Vista.
I didn't. I installed Linux.
I wanted a reliable system. A system that when I woke up, would still be going, unfrozen and not blue! I can trust Linux. I can't trust Windows.
Even when I reinstall Linux (though I never had to, but when I chose to) all my settings were saved! I was up and going within minutes! I never had to reconfigure everything. I kept /home on a seperate drive so if I reinstall, I can reformat everything else that could use a reformatting and leave the drive I have /home on, alone.
I like the fact that most everything you could want is open-source.
With Linux I'm never left with not having anything to do.
I enjoy all the different things you can do wih your system, from looks to system configuration.
I like being the one in charge of my system, not having it tell me what I can abd can't do!
If I need a Windows-based app, I can still use it. If I need to read an ntfs drive, I can still read it.
The only thing I don't like about Linux is that some of the hardware that me and my husband spent a LOT of money on, doesn't work with Linux. There aren't any drivers for it... yet.
Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Elite Pro - I'm still waiting on them to get to creating those drivers. If you've ever had a hard time telling a difference with soundcard sound, try that, you won't have that problem any more o.0 Music has never sounded so good!
But right now it's sounding like silence because they DON'T HAVE THE DRIVERS FOR LINUX YET!
Now for my Logitech G-15 keyboard, there is "G-15 Tools" but I haven't been able to get it going yet :/ After 2 days of messing with it, I only have the clock being displayed (and in military time...). I had my husband get me this keyboard for my birthday because I loved being able to have tons of configurable "extra" keys. But I'm having trouble getting the G-15 Tools to work, so I may as well have a standard keyboard
I love Linux over Windows, because the options and possibilities are endless, not to mention how stable everything is compared to Windows, but getting things to work for your system, if it's available, can be a nightmare at times - especially when Google doesn't turn up anything about your problem.
So I've decided to turn to Linux forums, but I'm impatient when it comes to getting something to work. I want it to work right then, not wait for hours or days or longer. And then you still might or might not be able to get it working.
I really don't want to go back to Windows. Even if I went back to Windows, there's the tedious task of reinstalling and configuring everything. Then what?
To me Windows is boring. Linux is neverending. There's always something you can do, always something yopu can learn, always something you can configure or create, etc.
I know that I'll be fine once I get done with installing what I need installed, but I'm still getting used to having Linux as a desktop and because I'm having issues with some things, the urge to go back is great right now, but I DON'T WANT TO and it will pass once I get used to everything.
Plus, me and my husband have always used the same OS and always found something to do together and talk about with it, but now he's sticking with Vista and I refuse to go back to it. I miss that. I had hoped he would get as sick with Vista as I did and see how great Linux was and join me. Oh well
I'm not going back.