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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%
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Old 06-04-2016, 08:16 PM   #226
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Windows 7 32 bit because I need IE 11 or older to run in compatibility mode in order to connect to one of our customers' obsolete VPN software! And I need to connect to MSSQL Server with SSMS. Internally, though, server by server, we are moving to either Debian Jessie or Arch!
Old 06-04-2016, 08:17 PM   #227
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Linux desktop

Debian Jessie. Started with sarge and then continued on etch, lenny, squeeze, wheezy. For a few years played with opensuse. Oh, my desktop environment now is MATE. Previously it was Gnome2 and Gnome Classic.
Old 06-04-2016, 09:39 PM   #228
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PCLOS as main desktop since MS stopped support for Win XP. At last the MS monkey is off my back!
I did the same thing as you did. pclinuxos was the only O/S that would install on my nvidia equipped machine. Gave her to my brother. I miss her
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Old 06-05-2016, 01:37 AM   #229
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4M. What else.
Old 06-05-2016, 02:02 AM   #230
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Old 06-05-2016, 04:37 AM   #231
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Windows 7 for cannon printer and windows media center pvr
Old 06-05-2016, 05:27 AM   #232
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I use Fedora 23 as my main since a couple of months.
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I was also under the misapprehension that Windows 8 "certified" made it mandatory to be able to bypass "Secure Boot" (on x86 at least) and that non-UEFI options in BIOS were common.
That IS the situation at the moment, but MS and RH are pushing hard for that to be changed - in the guise of making systems more secure.
They are being pushed by the huge corporate market in the States and ignoring completely any other sales.
You need to remember that both companies get rather large amounts of money from those markets - not all of it through sales!
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Originally Posted by randyz48 View Post
thank you very nuch
The reason why I went to Linux Mint is two years ago is I sort of got ticked off with Microsoft. Was running XP-pro and I had no problem in Microsoft scraping support for my OS, but they did not follow up on anything that did not appear to be a nightmare (Windows 8/8.1. and 9).

Worse yet, my old computer could not keep up with the increased requirements for the newer and now very unfriendly Microsoft offerings.

When I loaded a live Mint 16 distribution onto my old machine it suddenly jumped to life again. Very impressive! There really was not much of a learning curve here as Linux Mint seemed far more friendly and comparable to XP-pro than Windows 8/8.1 did.

Went to a local computer shop and had new desk top computer built for me without a operating system for around $600. Loaded Mint 17 into it and basically that is where I am today.

The biggest problem I will now probably face is when Linux Mint 18 appears this year and should I upgrade? I do like the methodology behind Linux in that I could make a live distribution, use it for a while to see if I am happy with it, and then make up my mind. Do not see moving back to Windows ever again!

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Old 06-05-2016, 07:58 AM   #235
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My primary system dual boots. Windows 10 for Internet use and Office etc. and Windows XP-16 for programs that won't run on anything later.

I have a system running Mint for alternate Internet use but it is so slow it's hardly useable.
Old 06-05-2016, 11:24 AM   #236
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Mary, What I find strange is "I have a system running Mint for alternate Internet use but it is so slow it's hardly usable".

My old Dell was so slow running XP-Pro (a lot probably had to do with me not cleaning things up) it was was hardly usable as well. After running Linux Mint, using a live disk, I was shocked at the performance of the old Dell. It basically sprang to life. My old Dell did not have the hardware to even load Win 8. Because Linux is not a hog for hardware like windows is, there is likely something else going on why your system is running so poorly.

Even the mind set of the Linux Designers, like suggesting non-tracking search engines i.e. DuckDuckGo was a boon to my old Dell which really had gotten bogged down loading ads that were worthless to me.

If your system is running slow using Linux, I would hate to imagine how it would run using Windows. Your system could be clogged up with ad-ware or malware but there are others more knowledgeable about this than I am.
Old 06-05-2016, 01:52 PM   #237
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Can't afford the *extreme* waste of my time that Windows would cause. About 3 and a half years ago I had the misfortune to be asked to help a non-profit learning institution by putting together a system for their courses and (high turnover rate) students. With Access on a Windows system. To say that the experience was painful would be an understatement. I cannot see how anybody can achieve productive work in an environment as primitive as Windows.

Thankfully, I've been using Linux since 1993 - starting with SLS and Yggdrassil, later using an early Red Hat followed by SuSE from 6.4 to 13 but happily using Arch for past 2 - 3 years.

Interestingly, casual computer users that I have introduced to (Manjaro) Linux find it much easier to use than Windows. It seems that it is only die hard Windows users who claim to find Linux difficult (confusing 'different' and 'difficult').

What I found most restricting on Windows was the primitive GUI and single desktop. To say nothing of a system that can't make it's mind up whether you should single or double click your mouse - even within the same application (take a bow Windows Exploder).
Old 06-05-2016, 02:17 PM   #238
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I have only used Linux and nothing else since 1997. No need for anything else. Not one thing you can do in another system you unable to do in Linux. There are hundreds of things you can do in Linux that other systems will never be able to do.
that said my Droid phone or droid tablet does not count.
Old 06-05-2016, 02:40 PM   #239
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My Primary OS

Ubuntu on my desktop and Debian on my laptop.
Old 06-05-2016, 07:51 PM   #240
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My PCIe slot died, have to use the onboard video. Really need a new computer, but will probably look for a motherboard/CPU combo and buy some new memory.

I was able to get the proper Nvidia driver installed in Linux and the system was successfully recovered.
My PC is Windows XP/Windows 10/Linux triple boot. The onboard video not properly supported by Widnows 10,
no HW acceleration.

XP and Linux (PCLinuxOS) working well, but I still use XP the most. Had to vote as my primary.


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