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Old 04-15-2009, 01:20 PM   #646
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At work - Because I have to
At home - On one machine to run my recording package, Sonar. That machine stays off unless I'm recording.
Old 04-15-2009, 01:48 PM   #647
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to me it really sucks that some machines, like this Dell Precision, are dependent on Windows for Bios....therefore that makes my linux install dependent on windows...that really sucks :|
Old 04-15-2009, 02:09 PM   #648
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To keep the cold and wet out, and to let light in. 100% Slackware.

Old 04-15-2009, 02:25 PM   #649
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I don't really "run" it so much as I hop onto a Windows computer to look at my web-development related stuff using Internet Explorer. Sadly enough, it's still very important for a website to be IE-compatible.
IE's the only Windows program I "need" in this regard, since I do not really use programs like AutoCAD or the latest Photoshop.
Old 04-15-2009, 03:24 PM   #650
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There are alternatives...

Originally Posted by rkirk View Post
I don't really "run" it so much as I hop onto a Windows computer to look at my web-development related stuff using Internet Explorer.
For a long time that was my only 'real' justification for keeping a dual boot M$ system. But even then my M$ machines were BANNED from internet access so I never kept IE versions updated anyway.

I finally decided in that regard to just quit spending such resources supporting an inferior product (although obviously you must make the pages work...)

Now I rely on Browser Shots dot Org when I need to check a layout, and for applets and scripts I upload them and email a friend still running Internet Exploder to do a sanity check... has worked out very well actually.

For browser based backends that I do for customers I simply require they use Firefox or Opera if there is a problem - have met no serious objections to that.

Maybe we should start a sister-thread with a subtle name change: "Why use windows?"
Old 04-15-2009, 03:57 PM   #651
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At work: no choice on the workstations and pentabs but the servers run RHEL.

At home: finally stopped dual booting last weekend; now we're running XP only under vmware for: tax/financial programs, PDA program support, Windows only remote work/vpn applications, IE only web sites, the usual suspects. It's a little slower and a bit of pain, actually. There are enough advantages to outweigh those at this point. However, it's not so much a migration as an evolution. I don't ever expect to use Vista or Windows 7 at home and so the transition has to happen sometime.
Old 04-15-2009, 04:53 PM   #652
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Only use Windows on the company-supplied notebook since I need the SAP client.
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Old 04-15-2009, 05:00 PM   #653
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Originally Posted by vitalstrike82 View Post
I use windows to trade stocks online and play games. Thats it....
Why is Windows required to trade stocks? I have traded for a long time with my online brokerage firm using a number of Linux flavors. It is really nothing more than your browser that you need. And there are a number of stock analyzing tools available on linux.
Old 04-16-2009, 11:39 PM   #654
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My work contracts require Windows, specifically Word and FrameMaker. I run Firefox from a USB stick to avoid IE as much as possible, but in my current contract, IE is used as a portal for Documentum, a content management system.

On my personal machine where I run Slackware 12.2, I run Windows in VMs. I keep my old NT4 box available only to run my flat bed scanner, which is parallel port. I scan a handful of documents every month. To run a scanner on my Slackware machine would require a new scanner because SANE does not support most parallel port scanners.

Much of the business world is deeply entrenched in Windows. That is not going to change any time soon. Shrug and move on.
Old 04-17-2009, 07:25 AM   #655
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At home I no longer use Windows - I have Slackware on all three PCs.

Using Windows at work is a pain, but I can't see that changing.

Originally Posted by BobNutfield View Post
Why is Windows required to trade stocks? I have traded for a long time with my online brokerage firm using a number of Linux flavors. It is really nothing more than your browser that you need. And there are a number of stock analyzing tools available on linux.
I wanted to know the same thing. I've traded stocks with Linux, using Firefox. Can't think why you'd need Windows to do that.
Old 04-17-2009, 08:07 AM   #656
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At work, I am a Microsoft ASP.Net / C# developer.

At home, I use Windows Server 2003 when I have to, although this runs in Virtual Box on Debian . I only really use Windows at home for .Net programming as I am learning more about .Net and studying for a MCTS certification.

I know about Mono, but it is not really up to the standard of developing in Visual Studio and using a proper Microsoft environment for .Net.

Old 04-17-2009, 09:16 AM   #657
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I use MSWORD in Windows to print envelopes. Openoffice also does
envelopes, but very poorly. In the past, I have used LaTeX in Linux
to print envelopes, but that is like using a sledgehammer to crack a
Old 04-17-2009, 10:24 AM   #658
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Yes, OpenOffice does make a mess of envelopes. It usually takes several tries and a few wasted envelopes to get it done correctly. I haven't tried it yet in version 3.0.1, but hope it has improved.

While XSane, in and of itself, is a clever program with more bells and whistles than most people would use, Sane, the backend, leaves a great deal to be desired. I've tried 3 different scanners and the results are always the same, dark, muddy images, brighter down the center of the page than along the edges, and the resulting files are huge, i.e., many times larger than the same document scanned at the same dpi, when done in XP.
So, I've have XP running in a VirtualBox for just that purpose.

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Old 04-17-2009, 01:36 PM   #659
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When I was at school the only way to print sth was from Windows but now I'm 100% Windows-less so answer to your question would be: I don't.
Old 04-17-2009, 02:25 PM   #660
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I use windows for games and for doing CAD work. As said before, Linux has nothing to compete in these areas. Now if I can just convince Autodesk to release a linux version of Inventor


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