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Old 06-02-2016, 06:11 PM   #91
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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.
I really wonder!
Would you have a specific desktop environment that is particularly bad on a Linux machine?
Project Looking Glass?
ROX Desktop?
Window Maker?
What is your source/experience that triggered such a statement?
Old 06-02-2016, 06:48 PM   #92
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I run Linux on both of my PC's.

Slackware is my primary desktop OS.:-
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Old 06-02-2016, 07:03 PM   #93
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Originally Posted by bertrand gloudon View Post
really ???...which distro????
Old 06-02-2016, 07:22 PM   #94
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Smile Linux Ubuntu has been our primary OS for years!

We've been using Linux Ubuntu (now 14.04) for years, every since Mr. Gates took away XP, We've had very few issues, and most of those were incompatibility issues over time that finally convinced us to upgrade to the next Ubuntu issue. We use Ubuntu on our two office machines, our two traveling laptops, and on the laptop used by our granddaughters, 11 & 13. The only gripe I heard about switching from Windows was because we could no longer use PhotoShop, but we have become fluent in Gimp and since then never looked back. We love Libre Office in that it will open any Word doc, regardless of the extensions, which is not something you can say about Word! One final note, the newest of our computers is about 7 years old now, and when I get the occasional opportunity to use somebody else's state-of-the-art Windows machine, I can see no difference in functionality or speed. But note that we are not gamers; we use our computers for writing, Website building, Internet work and photo editing. Our granddaughters didn't even notice that we had switched from Windows XP to Linux. And they do all sorts of kid-oriented Internet stuff and have never had an issue. The did notice that their computer had stopped crashing all the time, though!
Old 06-02-2016, 08:38 PM   #95
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Smile Using Windows 10

I joined Windows Insider and have been playing around with Windows 10 for the last year. But, that didn't stop me from installing a few Linux distros 15 as of last count. Like PCLinuxOS and Zorin. They are so much faster even when browsing. I try to divide my time between windows and linux. I'm an old guy and it keeps my mind active. Need all the help that I can get. I have to get back here more often. Been using google for my linux problems.
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Old 06-02-2016, 08:39 PM   #96
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Linux Mint is my 99.9% standard OS

However, I have a Windows XP Professional 64 bit OS on a separate hard drive that I occasionally use for a very few applications that require it.
I never use Windows XP for cruising the Internet for any purpose.

I trust Linux Mint to keep me safe from any Internet nasty code that might infiltrate via an OS.
I use Google Chrome for a browser and Thunderbird for e-mail.

I'm totally happy with this arrangement, so far, and feel adequately secure from the Internet bad guys.

If anyone has a suggestion to further enhance my Internet security I would like to hear your opinion.

Old 06-02-2016, 09:08 PM   #97
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Fedora 23
Old 06-02-2016, 09:48 PM   #98
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I am using windows 10 on my laptop & XP on the home computer.
Searching a Linux version to replace XP.
Old 06-02-2016, 10:12 PM   #99
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Linux of course Specifically PCLinuxOS on my Desktop, on my secondary machine Debian, what I use since 1999.
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I, like you, searched for an XP replacement and initially fused Ubuntu for a couple of years. Then I switched to Mint and found it to be more satisfying. I'm using their "cinnamon" interface and love it. I just need a free OS that performs well for Internet browsing and E-mail. I did not want to have to become an expert on Linux commands. I did have to get somewhat familiar to install applications to run during my early Linux years. However, as mint progressed, over the years, with improvements in adding applications, dealing with typing commands on the "terminal" became almost unneeded. I'm currently using Mint 17.1 cinnamon 64 bit and am running it on a DIY desktop, AMD Opteron based, server motherboard by Asus. I'm waiting until Mint 18 becomes available before I make another complete installation. In the meantime, I just use their convenient upgrade facility to stay current with fixes and improvements. I've not gotten a bad upgrade yet and this is an indication that they take adequate time and testing to minimize adverse impact to their users. In short, I think they do a great job. I have installed Mint 17.1 on my wife's previous laptop and her current workstation and she needs minimal help even though she is computer illiterate. I also gave an old computer to a 70 + year old friend that had zero computer experience and he is using Mint 17.1 and loves it. Every now and then he and my wife require a bit of help but that has nothing to do with the quality and ease of use of Linux Mint. I hope this helps. Regards Ed (a retired 76 year old X software engineer and X electronics technician)
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Old 06-02-2016, 10:49 PM   #101
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Hello rd8006

Thanks for the Fedora tip. It sounds like they have a super foundation in security. Perhaps Mint developers will consider their approach. For now, I'm totally happy with Mint and am planning on sticking with it. Regards.
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Linux Mint is number one for me, Trisquel on my laptop.
Old 06-02-2016, 11:45 PM   #103
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Opensuse for me for 10 years!
Guys I'm sorry for yelling but after buying my 1st PC in 2004 using windows for 2 years went linux due to bloatware.
Then my 1st foray into Linux was with Linspire, then Ubuntu, then PCLOS finally settling on Opensuse in August of 2006.
No wonder it seems like I've always had Linux!
For me anyway WOW!
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Kubuntu works well for me, and so does solus. I use CentOS with the awful GNOME-Classic Desktop and vnc to any desktop which suits my fancy at the moment, from Herbstluftwm or twm or xmonad on up to an older KDE. The reason for that is that that particular system uses a smartcard and developers somewhere decided to tie the smartcard removal lock to GNOME, awful as it is.

And what I use as VPSes on internet are pretty much exclusively headless Ubuntu.

Why no windows? The AV packages were killing me with subscriptions, and the only decent one I found is proprietary and expensive. What most people use is a joke.

And yeah, I now have Kali on a separate machine running the Mezzo Desktop.
Old 06-02-2016, 11:58 PM   #105
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