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Old 04-21-2017, 02:43 PM   #1
linustalman
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Linux at home but Windows at work?


Hi.

Does anyone here use Linux exclusively or mostly at home but is forced to use Windows at work?
How do you reconcile that?
Do you hate M$ or are ok with them and just see this as a practical necessity?

I'd like peoples thoughts on this.
 
Old 04-21-2017, 03:15 PM   #2
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Simple Graphics:
It is surely possible to use Linux at home and your code at work. You may use fluid user interface designer for windows, using MINGW GCC compiler on windows, and use your code on linux home.

Terminal:
PDCURSES.DLL gives you ncurses.
#include <ncurses.h>
or curses.h
this is only one DLL and it will always work, since it is on C.
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Old 04-21-2017, 04:12 PM   #3
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I don't think one OS is much different than another. They are there like trees in the forest. Each has it's place and uses. I find it odd that anyone could even care but they are indeed right to have an opinion. I feel it is more wise to use resources wisely than to waste time not using them. I've played with or used almost every OS there has been over the last 40 years.

Use the OS and the programs you have effectively. Or at least have fun playing with them as a hobby.

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Old 04-21-2017, 07:14 PM   #4
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Hi.

Does anyone here use Linux exclusively or mostly at home but is forced to use Windows at work?
How do you reconcile that?...
I used to be in that situation. I just used the windows versions of the same software I was using at home - OpenOffice (back then) and GIMP in the main. One advantage I had at work was that I didn't have any trouble reading other people's word or excel files and nobody had any trouble reading my word or excel formatted files; file exchange between ms office users was sometimes problematic around "upgrade" time.

In my last job I provided my own computer so I could run whatever I liked. The only requirement to use windows was when using the school (Red Hat) lan. Issuing the only Linux user special login credentials was in the too hard basket so I just lived with it.

I reconciled it by putting use of windows down to bean counters' lack of imagination; at no time was I using anything that could only be run under windows - not even any need for wine.
 
Old 04-21-2017, 11:14 PM   #5
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I use 95% linux at home, and work on a Windows workstation at work, although I support probably 75-80% linux VM's.
 
Old 04-23-2017, 10:13 AM   #6
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Hi.

Does anyone here use Linux exclusively or mostly at home but is forced to use Windows at work?
How do you reconcile that?
Do you hate M$ or are ok with them and just see this as a practical necessity?

I'd like peoples thoughts on this.
Too me, both are just tools. Until my retirement, I used both MS Windows & UNIX at work, later I added Slackware Gnu/Linux for LAB work and personal usage. Still all were treated as tools that were necessary for particular needs.
Some employees do not have a choice but must use employer supplied equipment with a fixed OS so no choice.

Now, I still use MS for client support but use Slackware Gnu/Linux as my personal choice for everyday work & support. Cheaper & reliable without the need for major changes to the base unless for security reasons. MS Win/10 is not my first choice but still use a Win/7 for necessary work. Clients that move too Win/10 need support so that is when I need it. Do I like the Win/10 API, no way. I've been using Microsoft OS since their first releases. Always had an issue somewhere. Been using Slackware since PV's first release back in 1993 and find it a stable UNIX like OS.

Quote:
A tool is but the extension of a man's hand and a machine is but a complex tool. He that invents a machine augments the power of man and the well being of mankind.” - Henry Ward Beecher
Hope this helps.
Have fun & enjoy!
 
Old 04-23-2017, 11:02 AM   #7
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Some of my clients are standardized on Macintoshes in the front office although they have Windows and Linux machines where called-for to run this or that application. They also have AS/400's and other gear.

I frankly think that we ought to "graciously concede" that Redmond didn't get to be where it was "by accident." They do make good software-stuff, even though they don't seriously seek to control the quality of the hardware that it runs on. If you want a tightly-integated "stack" of well-implemented products in a solid – albeit very over-complicated (IMHO) – configuration, Microsoft can sell it to you, and it will do what they say it will. You understand going-in that you'll be wedded to one vendor, but maybe that's perfectly okay with you. And, if you get what you paid for, who can say that you made the wrong decision for your company?
 
Old 04-23-2017, 02:21 PM   #8
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I'm retired, so I get to use whatever I want when I want, but yes, it did annoy me that companies where so full of MS Windows, & wasting loads of money on it & its upgrades.
 
Old 04-23-2017, 04:02 PM   #9
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i always facepalm inwardly when i see some "professionals" doing things on windows that i would've done 10 times faster - partly because just knowing how to use the keyboard instead of the mouse, partly because my system just would be faster.
needless to say, at home i'm 100% linux.
on my job, i depend on a windows computer only to watch a video or search wikipedia every now and then, but even then i tend to get very annoyed by the long wait: to start up, to launch the browser, to shut down...
 
Old 04-23-2017, 10:03 PM   #10
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GNU/Linux at home and work/business on all machines.
Windows only resides in a tiny VM for a once a year tax program.
 
Old 04-24-2017, 12:00 AM   #11
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Capitalism is behind the times and loves it that way, eg slavery!

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Work has been: Motorola MC9200 Mobile Computer and wow they $uck on somany wavelengths!!!

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Old 04-24-2017, 01:14 AM   #12
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I'm retired, so I get to use whatever I want when I want, but yes, it did annoy me that companies where so full of MS Windows, & wasting loads of money on it & its upgrades.
Companies have not sufficient experience with Linux for user experience. There is no difference in using open source. The experience is different, and Linux has numerous softwares for companies for all kind.
 
Old 04-24-2017, 02:41 AM   #13
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I may be different (so my work colleagues tell me).

Most of our development work runs on a server and build farm, we basically SSH to the server to kick off builds and tests.

My work colleagues all run Windows with Linux VMs for their local systems/testing, I run a MacBook Pro with Linux VMs. At home I have another system that provides the mainstay support for the family. It manages all the media services in the house, backup services, printing services, network monitoring and general computing. This is a i7 based system with 32GB RAM and a whole bunch of RAID disks, running a LTS version of Ubuntu.

So Linux at home, but MacOS as well.
 
Old 04-24-2017, 10:12 AM   #14
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Using only Linux privately but have to use Windows at work.

Windows at work is extremely frustrating, mainly because we've got a ton of security stuff running in the background that makes everything extremely slow (e.g. I usually read a book while the laptop is starting).
This, coupled with Windows' general intransparency, makes me crazy or depressed depending on the day's mood => I might end up suing MS for psychological trauma
 
Old 04-24-2017, 11:11 AM   #15
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Using only Linux privately but have to use Windows at work.

Windows at work is extremely frustrating, mainly because we've got a ton of security stuff running in the background that makes everything extremely slow (e.g. I usually read a book while the laptop is starting).
This, coupled with Windows' general intransparency, makes me crazy or depressed depending on the day's mood => I might end up suing MS for psychological trauma
You shouldn't sue them. It's such a wonderful opportunity to do things while Windows is loading (or updating).

Have you ever, for example, wanted to play the ukulele? Or learn origami or basket weaving?

You could set up an easel beside your desk and learn how to paint like the Old Masters - in the end you'll be longing for the Windows monthly updates to come around so that you can get some quality time working on those cloud details.
 
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