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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 06-05-2016, 09:11 PM   #241
mrfelker
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I dual boot openSUSE Leap 42.2 Alpha 1 and Windows 10 Insider Previe2/Windows10 Enterpreviews Insider Preview/Wiindows Server 2015 TP. I can shift between the Windows OS's because I make backup images. Nevertheless I prefere Linux.
 
Old 06-05-2016, 09:46 PM   #242
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Not one thing you can do in another system you unable to do in Linux.
Try watching My5 (www.channel5.com) If you can do it using only Linux, please tell me how.
 
Old 06-05-2016, 10:29 PM   #243
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Not counting PCs which have been retired for various reasons, I have 3 netbooks, 3 nettops, 2 desktops, 1 laptop and a Raspberry PI 3. Most of them are currently running Lubuntu for specific tasks. One desktop is running Windows XP Pro SP2 because I never got the hang of Linux and analogue TV. The Toshiba laptop is currently dual boot - Windows XP and Zorin 9 (32 bit). About 3 months ago it was 98% XP and 2% Linux, but now it's about 95% Zorin and 5% XP because I found a workable strategy for my file search needs in Linux. I still haven't found a file manager / file search application for Linux which works as well as Windows Explorer (XP). For my desktop I insist on a gui. I hate unnecessary typing; I use the mouse a lot and I refuse to learn hundreds of arcane commands.

I still need Windows for 2 things -

1. Paradox 7. I have hundreds of hours invested in ObjectPal code. Some people use Python for general purpose code, I use ObjectPal. Paradox 7 runs in Wine but there are significant compatibility issues and I need to use Windows to carry out repairs from time to time.

2. TV catchup. I expect this will always be a problem until DRM goes away. Maybe next century.
 
Old 06-06-2016, 12:41 AM   #244
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I started to learn Linux 1996. First it was boot and rescue diskette of Slackware distribution just to check unix commands. 1997 I had a multiboot desktop with whatever variant of Windows - I think it was 3.5 - and Slackware. Windows were my primary OS till 2000ish. Slackware ruled till 2006 then it was Suse for couple of years. Last six years I am using Fedora and Debian 50 to 50 percent.
 
Old 06-06-2016, 02:38 AM   #245
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Smile Desktop OS I rely on most.

I mostly use Linux Ubuntu 16.04, but have one computer running Windows 7 to update my Tom-Tom GPS.
 
Old 06-06-2016, 02:38 AM   #246
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Cool AntiX 13.2

Hi,

Since I began using AntiX Luddite 13.2 I have never looked at any other distribution of Linux, neither have I needed to use WinXP, except on one occasion when I bought a laser printer and could not locate a usable driver. The install of XP on my PC now doesn't boot and I don't need it to, I should re-use the partition as another ex4. Before AntiX I tried Mint 15, Ubuntu 12.10, and a couple of others but found problems with onboard graphics chipsets, defaulting to slow raster display.

Sincerely

Roland
 
Old 06-06-2016, 04:48 AM   #247
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I am new to linux but i use Suse leap 42.1 the best and worst thing about it for new beginner is yast i dont have to execute commands that i dont understand or find paths and directories for installation as it is automatic cool addition however i would like to learn command line completely as it is so cool
 
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Old 06-06-2016, 09:34 AM   #248
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Smile Primary depends on hardware currently in use

I ended up running Linux Mint xfce full-time after trying out nearly forty distro's over the years. It plays well with our two older laptops and single desktop. In the past I've owned laptops that were simply not compatible with any version of Linux tried so I can understand why some try Linux and walk away with a bad experience. Try a different machine! I don't like to fiddle much and have found Mint to be a perfect fit with our older machines and having the drivers required to run them. Just install, add a few extra programs, updates, and it runs and runs, no fuss or muss. I keep a copy of Knoppix handy to start friends crashed windows machines and recover data as it usually will boot most anything. I keep a copy of WIFISlax around for times I wish to explore the wireless world around me. I have fond memories of the good ole days of DOS/Win3.11, Win2000Pro, XP Pro SP3, but can't see ever going back to windows. I've tried out 7,8 and 10 and just can't deal with the hassle of the windows experience anymore.....With Mint, its one install disc, thirty minutes time, then updates, and it all just works. Its almost boring...:-)
 
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Old 06-06-2016, 10:08 AM   #249
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primary desktop-goto1

I had to vote Windows. I would love to use my most favorite desktop work os environment Mint17 Mate, for now. I like ubuntu and a couple of other variants and Cinnamon in Mint17 is a close 2nd. just looks , mate suits my enthetic senses of visual decorum I guess
Only one reason , may be flimsy too. I am pretty new to Linux as a whole. may be ways to fix my single reason for not being able to use linux for everything. just dont know ,yet
I am not able to play some streaming movie locations. the most important one is Acorn.com. I am not able to get playback , or have pages load up.
I am able to use the other former concern, TurnerClassicMOvie on demand and live. I have configured the pipelight plugin with flash and shockwave and/or silverlight alternatives. I hve used other stuff i have found in forums that help greatly
only my one Linux with a 7900 amd series proprietary driver set up gives me troubles sometimes
none of my other xserver amd driver set ups have troubles on that site , no trouble with the youtube stuff i tried or metv. all work for the most part
that is the key phrase "for the most part" I had to do significant research and use the terminal with tweaks , which i enjoyed for what that is worth
but it isnt totally successful.
in windows, unfortunately, i am able to just click and off they go, perfect. glitches are mostly of my doing or the internet service provider messes up
I am hoping for a better inclusion of all things linux, unix with all the movie stuff i like. not even the public domain, the pay wall stuff,too is not always friendly to my Mint17-Mate. mostly is fine, but for the few others on my machines, younger , not really wanting to do more than click to play, forces me to keep windows7. maybe 10
for what it is worth, I have been using Windows10 since its inception via the insider program and providing feedback through the hub. I dont like it much. I have it but it is 3rd of 3 options here. I am at the most up to date pre release, granted, I am more likely to get the buggy things , i signed up for the fast/first releases but that isnt my reason for not putting it closer to the top. but that is a different issue
John
 
Old 06-06-2016, 01:04 PM   #250
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Linux above all

I run Debian Linux on a server and a workstation, and Kubuntu on a laptop. The last time I ran anything but Linux (I started with slink) was in the days of OS/2, which succeeded DRDOS on my machines. Never having liked Windows (that goes back to 1.0), I have avoided it as much as possible.
 
Old 06-06-2016, 08:46 PM   #251
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Mac OS X. Need Photoshop and Illustrator because the designers use them. Also I need bash for some C based libraries used in Node.js projects.
 
Old 06-07-2016, 06:48 AM   #252
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Linux Mint 17 on the desktop and I just got a Macbook Air, using Apple OS for the first time for convenience when I travel, or want to do stuff sitting on the sofa. I like Linux for the safety; no viruses, etc. I do all my financial stuff using Linux. But, I have to say, even after using Linux for several years now, and being not very computer oriented, it's still not very user friendly if you want to do anything more than basic functions. As soon as something goes askew, I can't really fix it myself, but have to go on the forums. Which is fine, lots of very helpful people, but it's time consuming, and I do have a job and a family..., plus, just not that interested in learning this stuff. I'd rather be outside in the fresh air. For example, had a problem that was finally resolved, but after multiple back and forths for several days, with a Linux expert on the forum. On the other hand, I've never had Linux crash! And be told that I have to "reload it", as so often occurred when I used to use Windows.
 
Old 06-07-2016, 08:21 AM   #253
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Linux is my primary desktop.
I only use windows for applications I can't get anywhere else.
 
Old 06-07-2016, 10:45 AM   #254
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Cool Linux Mint

I've finally found the OS I've been searching for 17.3!
 
Old 06-07-2016, 11:00 AM   #255
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I've finally found the OS I've been searching for 17.3!
Great choice!
 
  


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