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Old 01-17-2011, 03:06 AM   #1
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How to ween myself off windows?

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Old 01-17-2011, 03:26 AM   #2
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How to wean myself off windows?

I did it by simply using Linux for a while. Next thing I knew, I had functionality for everything I had done on Windows -- and I simply did not want Windows around any of my systems any more!

Good luck!
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Old 01-17-2011, 03:27 AM   #3
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Select a linux program for everything you do, install wine for the odd one you can't replace.
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Old 01-17-2011, 06:24 AM   #4
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After using a dual boot for few years, I got a laptop with preinstaled VISTA, which ended up showing blue screen few times a day. Wiped it out, found a way/apps to do everyting on linux, in my case:
- Emacs/cscope - programmer editor
- GCC - compiler
- Subversion - VCS
- Eagle - hardware design (schematics and PCB)
- Filezilla FTP
- various organizers build into the distro
- Thunderbird - email
- Skype - IM
- Firefox - browser
- XAMPP - local server for web development
- and anyting you can think of - I haven't come across an app that I would have to install WIN for (sure you can find something, depends what you use PC for)
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Old 01-17-2011, 07:21 AM   #5
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Find a program like gparted and format your ntfs partitions on your hd.
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Old 01-17-2011, 11:58 AM   #6
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Originally Posted by Larry Webb View Post
Find a program like gparted and format your ntfs partitions on your hd.
This don't seem to be the wisest move. In addition to removing the Windows OS, programs, and so on, that may reside on those partitions, it also destroys any accumulated data that was there. Documents, pictures, music... gone.

It probably ain't good to advise folks to naively destroy partitions and the data they contain.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:06 PM   #7
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If you're used to FOSS applications like Firefox,, VLC etc. then there'll be little need to do any weaning. Just choose a distro you like and start using it! Maybe dual boot for a while until you're sure all your day to day needs are met.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:08 PM   #8
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1. Pick and choose Windows versions of open source software that runs in Linux (Firefox, Thunderbird, Open Office, etc.) They run pretty much the same in both operating systems.

2. Set up a dual boot machine and use Linux as much as possible.

3. After several months of running Linux, run Windows and let it do its automatic update. It will corrupt itself and trying to re-install it in its partition, it will take over your computer and wipe out Linux and your data.

4. You will be so PO's with Bill Gates, MS that you will just reload Linux and of course, all your backed up files.

That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
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Old 01-17-2011, 02:14 PM   #9
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I have been going down that road for around ten years and I am still on it... keep your windoze,it will come in handy in your day of trouble.

ps I am one of the 60 million who legally use free windoze.

pps Hi, and welcome to LQ !
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