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Old 06-10-2007, 05:38 PM   #16
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[...] I'm wondering all those that switched from Windows, why you chose to switch to Linux from Windows [..]
1) I knew all there was to know about Windows so I wanted to learn more about pc's.
2) I wanted a more secure system; I was fed up with viruses, malware, spyware, etc.
3) I hate Microsoft for creating crappy software (goes back to Windows 95), for being limited by the license to only have about 11(?) devices connected to my pc (I never use more, but of I want to connect a million of devices to my pc I have the f*ck*ng right to do so), and for a lot more reasions you can find here.

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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.
Errors could be because of that software not following Microsoft design standards and therefore be not compatible with newer versions of Windows using backward compatibillity. Blue screens can be the result of bad drivers. Normally Vista doesn't fuck up that bad. Try newer versions of drivers in the future. Did you do the "Is my pc Vista capable?" test?

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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. [...] Creative SoundBlaster X-Fi Elite Pro - I'm still waiting on them to get to creating those drivers.
You will never see Linux drivers for them because Creative officially said they don't hand over the documentation for the X-Fi series.

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Now for my Logitech G-15 keyboard, there is "G-15 Tools" but I haven't been able to get it going yet :/
Logitech doesn't make Linux drivers. These tools you are talking about are not drivers and therefore you will probably not find people clean room reverse engeneer it just for one keyboard.

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I love Linux over 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.
Have you tried the latest Ubuntu? When I went to the Frostwire website there was this instant "Download the Ubuntu install package" link, after wich I downloaded it and double clicked it and it was installed

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[...] 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.
Theres nothing wrong with going back and forth. Keep trying untill you mastered it. There is this beta Windows application compatibility layer for Linux (Wine)

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Old 06-10-2007, 09:10 PM   #17
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For the fun of it. Wanted to learn more. I've been a Windows user for as long as it's been out. Linux had always been in the background. And my curiosity got the better of me. Now Linux is my primary OS at home, and I use it when I can at work.
 
Old 06-10-2007, 09:36 PM   #18
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I switched from Windows to Linux in 2002. I had nothing against Microsoft or Windows back then. I just wanted to know how to use Linux; it was purely my intellectual curiosity.

The switch was relatively smooth. I had used CLI all the time with MS-DOS, Windows and some UNIX flavours both at home and at work, so the prospect of Linux requiring the extensive use of CLI wasn't a big hurdle for me... at least for the basic, everyday tasks.

It's been five years since then. All my desktop computers at home run Fedora Core 6. My two home servers run FC3 and CentOS 4.5. My main desktop at work runs CentOS 4.5, too.

I've learned a lot about Linux. I've also learned a lot on what Microsoft is really all about. I now truly believe in the sharing of knowledge and expertise in software, thanks to the FOSS philosophy I got to know through Linux. Had I not jumped into the Linux world, I may still have been a royal Microsoft user today. Scary!

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Old 06-10-2007, 09:40 PM   #19
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I've always had something against Microsoft. For example...

For Linux, you pay for the CDs, download and burn the FREE iso. It then (typically) gives you a stable, well-updated system.

For Windows, you pay $300+ for something that costs them about $0.40 to make. Now tell me whats wrong with this picture..., and you get a system that is bloated and unstable.
 
Old 06-10-2007, 09:45 PM   #20
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I think I'll be using Linux for everything internet related, with the exception of Flash-based pages (since Adobe refuses to release a 64bit edition). Until I can get the emulators I have in Windows going on Linux, I'll still be doing most other stuff in Windows. Renoise, the program I use to make music, will be coming to Linux soon, but I'll still probably use it in Windows more because of VST's and VSTi's. Photoshop I can pretty much replace with the Gimp--although there are a few things that I'm still not sure if it can do or not.
 
Old 06-10-2007, 10:25 PM   #21
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First of all, nice to see a Fedora user Amberp

To why I use Linux as my main system (Except for School, but I hope to Fix that ) Windows XP on my machine was slow as Hell then died. I re-installed it and it is better than then, but it is still doing weird things and I wont forget how bad it got.

Linux also for me is a much better gaming platform. All the corporate games I play have Linux versions or WINE well (Except for Age of Empires, and I am trying to Fix that http://freeempires.yoll.net) and I love the open source games I have on Fedora. I don't see why people criticize Linux as a Gaming platform.

Linux is the only system on my Computer that the Sound is working, and It is the only system I have installed things on after the Re-install of Windows (Well I installed OpenOffice.org, Lotus Notes, SeaMonkey and a Math program but thats for School).

And with LQ I never have to worry about getting help for Linux
 
Old 06-10-2007, 10:59 PM   #22
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First of all, nice to see a Fedora user Amberp

To why I use Linux as my main system (Except for School, but I hope to Fix that ) Windows XP on my machine was slow as Hell then died. I re-installed it and it is better than then, but it is still doing weird things and I wont forget how bad it got.

Linux also for me is a much better gaming platform. All the corporate games I play have Linux versions or WINE well (Except for Age of Empires, and I am trying to Fix that http://freeempires.yoll.net) and I love the open source games I have on Fedora. I don't see why people criticize Linux as a Gaming platform.

Linux is the only system on my Computer that the Sound is working, and It is the only system I have installed things on after the Re-install of Windows (Well I installed OpenOffice.org, Lotus Notes, SeaMonkey and a Math program but thats for School).

And with LQ I never have to worry about getting help for Linux
With the games thing---if you can get GTA San Andreas and Second Life working in Linux with at least a similar framerate as in Windows, I'll be sold on what you said.
 
Old 06-10-2007, 11:52 PM   #23
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Why Linux over Windows?

The GUI is a layer. If it ever crashes, I don't have to restart Linux, I just have to restart the GUI.

KDE is much more customizable than any GUI any version of Windows has ever offered, and if you prefer more of an OS9 kind of experience you can go with Gnome--but on either of them, if you put Beryl/Compiz/Desktop-effects on, you get something that blows away all the GUI's out there.

I can run dozens of programs that benefit from having a gui and still run powerful programs in text mode, like htop process manager, and switch between them all without issue. I can analyze everything that's happening in the computer with relative ease, at any given moment because a CLI can always be available.

I can edit ANYTHING about the OS, and if I look in the right places I can find out how, and it's considered okay to do and is even encouraged by many.

A community of people who are very helpful, sometimes being really stubborn (but you don't become stubborn about those kinds of things automatically, wisdom is the reason) who, if I was to think of trying to do something unusual that they hadn't tried before, generally some will take a lot of interest in the matter, but only if the idea is actually feasible. If it's not, it will be shown for what it is right away.

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Old 06-11-2007, 12:03 AM   #24
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there's a Linux port of SL
 
Old 06-11-2007, 12:25 AM   #25
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there's a Linux port of SL
I'm downloading it as I type this.

Thanks.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 12:37 AM   #26
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welcome
 
Old 06-11-2007, 01:34 AM   #27
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welcome
It's playing at at least twice the framerate that it has in Windows. Nice. That's the 32bit version--I wonder how a 64bit version would play?
 
Old 06-11-2007, 02:01 AM   #28
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[...] I wonder how a 64bit version would play?
Fsck 64bit. We still have x86 architecture. If everything has to be redone just for 64bit, why not introduce a new instruction set? x86 is like the stone age, just like bioses <_<

And for the smartasses; yes I know 4gb RAM is the limit with 32bit.
 
Old 06-11-2007, 02:24 AM   #29
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Originally Posted by amberp
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 thought that there is this thread for that. Oh well...
Why I switched from Windows to Linux.
1) didn't like the "way of Microsoft". I liked two Windows versions: Win98 and Win2k. But those systems are not supported anymore. WinXP turned into a toy with a lot of things that I'll never need (like new ugly style for windows). I didn't like what's coming with windows Vista (a lot of resource-consuming useless features, and the DRM, and it's system requirements) I didn't want' to upgrade my hardware for Vista, and didn't want to buy Vista. This is the first reason.
2) price. I've got my Linux distribution for free. And it's legal to give a copy of distribution to anyone, etc.
3) flexibility. in Linux I can transform my system into whatever I want, on Windows I can't do that.
4) knowledge. Linux is an OpenSource, so it provides a good base to "upgrade" programming skills - it has real examples and real programs with source code. So I won't have to rely on Microsoft examples.
5) source code. On Linux if there is a bug, I can find it (If I have enough skills, of course) and fix it myself. On Windows, I'll have to wait for patch..
 
Old 06-11-2007, 08:11 AM   #30
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You will never see Linux drivers for them because Creative officially said they don't hand over the documentation for the X-Fi series.
Who the hell did ever say that everything on linux must be open-source? Creative is currently working on closed-source drivers for Linux and they will come out... god knows when
 
  


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