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View Poll Results: Which Desktop Operating System Do You Consider Your Primary?
BSD Variant 2 0.24%
ChromeOS 5 0.61%
Haiku 0 0%
Linux 674 82.30%
Mac OS X 33 4.03%
Other *NIX 3 0.37%
ReactOS 0 0%
Windows 98 11.97%
Other 4 0.49%
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Old 06-03-2016, 12:57 PM   #136
Charliesrch
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Linux Users BEWARE (of new pcs with Widndows 8 or higher installed)


A few days ago I had a friend that wanted to install Linux on her new (<1 yr. old) computer. It came with Windows 8 pre-installed. ANY NEW MACHINE WITH WINDOWS 8 OR HIGHER CORRUPTS THE MOTHERBOARD (firmware) at the BOOT processs to make it virtually IMPOSSIBLE to load a different operating system!
 
Old 06-03-2016, 12:58 PM   #137
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I use Debian on my desktop (no windows on that machine) - I split my time between that and my Windows10 laptop - so 70% Linux, 26% Windows, 4% chromeOS.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 12:59 PM   #138
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Desktop: Linux (Mint XFCE) with WinXP in a vmware virtual machine when needed (about once a month).
Laptop: Dual boot Windows 7 (60%) and Mint/XFCE (40%). This one is used for public workshops where PowerPoint is a requirement.
Server / media center: Mint/XFCE
Fleet of embedded systems: Debian/Jessie
 
Old 06-03-2016, 01:01 PM   #139
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Favourite O.S.

Hi NCDavies, I am still on XP because my P.C.'s are too old, too slow, not enough memory to run even Windows 7 (that's according to window's suitability scan). Besides that Windows is too invasive now, I've heard that they check your hard drives to see if you have illegal software.

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Old 06-03-2016, 01:04 PM   #140
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primary desktop

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Originally Posted by starfiend View Post
Linux isn't good enough to be a desktop OS, and windross is far worse.
You must be an Apple idiot.
 
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:07 PM   #141
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Linux, Mint (Mate) is #1. OSX is #2 and I run Windows 7, 10 and a couple of servers in VM's to support clients and test software I write.
We run Centos 7 for NAS's.


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Old 06-03-2016, 01:08 PM   #142
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Using the "multi boot option" works fine for me so you have a choice of both OSs. Remember to put the Windows stuff on first then install Linux though.
 
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:11 PM   #143
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windows

My primary desktop is indeed windows as provided by the company I work for. That said, I have installed cygwin as a must have and probably do about 75% of my real work via a putty session to Suse Linux.
It would be quite a pain to use a non-windows desktop just because of the company tools I need to use sometimes.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 01:16 PM   #144
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LINUX (Ubuntu 16.04 primary has been ubuntu 12 to 16)
 
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:26 PM   #145
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Thumbs up Mint

Hey, Very happy running Mint full time.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 01:26 PM   #146
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What I run

I run Ubuntu server 14.04 and Ubuntu 14.04 both on separate hard drives in the same machine. I also run Ubuntu 16.04 dual booted on a Macbook.
 
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:30 PM   #147
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I recently have installed 10 of the most popular Linux distributions for testing purposes. I expected to find something different - a lightweight robust systems that give me full control of the computer and obey my commands - that's how I remember Linux from 20 years ago, and that's how my old Linux boxes still work.

What I found is that most distributions are simply mimicking Windows or Mac, often including the worst parts. Ubuntu, for example, downloaded bunch of language packages (which I don't need or want) over my metered connection. Most of the distributions eagerly try to download updates. All (except Linux Mint) have very slow DNS lookups on my ipv4 network. Many distributions flash red alerts that I shouldn't run text editors as root. Why? If I like being told what to do I already have Windows (or Mac).

Last edited by NorthGuy; 06-03-2016 at 01:31 PM.
 
Old 06-03-2016, 01:31 PM   #148
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not the case

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Originally Posted by Charliesrch View Post
A few days ago I had a friend that wanted to install Linux on her new (<1 yr. old) computer. It came with Windows 8 pre-installed. ANY NEW MACHINE WITH WINDOWS 8 OR HIGHER CORRUPTS THE MOTHERBOARD (firmware) at the BOOT processs to make it virtually IMPOSSIBLE to load a different operating system!
Hi there , try going to motherboard bios settings and enable legacy. I also think you might have to change UEFI ?? Settings. Then you can boot from cd or usb an install away.
 
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Old 06-03-2016, 01:33 PM   #149
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W-8 and Higher

Have you tried installing any Linux operating system on a newer machine that came with WINDOWS 8 OR HIGHER?
 
Old 06-03-2016, 01:36 PM   #150
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Yes , installed mint on windows 8 preinstall machine.
 
  


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