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I meant to say, I don't hate Windows, I just prefer Linux over Windows, coz' I have a full control over my system then
... to be honest - when I have a good think about it ...
When Windows changed from a user interface added to DOS I think I felt cheated of the option of direct control. I found myself frustrated by the loss of control and as I saw things the arrogance of programmers putting up messages blaming me the user for deficiencies in the operating system and some applications ...
the classic chkdsk message if you don't want to see this message again then shutdown your computer properly next time if the bl**dy OS & apps worked properly I would have shut it down !!!
Linux offered me the control over the computer again .
... I think that's really why I switched.
add to that a couple of virus infections and having to reinstall every 6 months or so (when the PC slowed to a crawl) just made the case for using Linux stronger for me.
I am forced to use Windows at work and find myself shouting at the computer quite often (particularly Vista). At home now I almost exclusively use Linux and mutter to myself every now and then - why I did something stupid. My wife can tell which OS I am using if I shout stupid system (she shouts your using Windows again!) ... that tells me everything I need to know .
... if Windows works for you then feel free to use it (I don't want or need to convert you) ... Windows just does not work for me anymore ... Linux does ...
I enjoy linux most because of the "free" principle. I am not binded by any license. I can do most of the things I want to do using all the resources available.
Now if skype can only come up with a better version for linux...nujinini
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- Jan 2005
- Saint Paul, MN
Why do you assume that people must switch from Windows to something else. However, UNIX and Linux has lots of advantages over windows. But if you are a Windows only person, then you must realize that you are an escort owner that is now attempting to operate a space ship rather than the escort. Anything can be done in UNIX/Linux but you will not see the same name or icon for the application because there are many that can be used for any application and they usually exchanged as your needs or skills improve.
I know lots of people would like to find a mechanic that can install Linux and then modify it to be that simple less performance and dull escort that they feel comfortable with.
I welcomed Windows 95 because I so didn't like DOS! Then, years later, I met Linux and realised that bash gave me all the control I had been used to with vms/dcl. I still say better a compulsory GUI than a bad CLI."I'm just a little old lady; don't try to dazzle me with jargon!"
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- Oct 2010
Thanks for your replies! So it's mostly cost and freedom to tinker it seems. At the moment I'm not finding too much different but It sucks that my games wont run on Linux. Also ATI support is not very good by the sounds of things. The one game I have that is made for linux Heroes of Newerth, is all screwed up in the graphics.
I love the GUI of fedora though. It's so nice and clean. Mono seems like a great IDE aswell, some better (and some worse) features than visual studio. I might get Eclipse tonight and try my hand at Java. The package manager is great. Much better than having to scour the internet to find free downloads. Also the workspace thing so you can have 4 different desktops. What a great idea.
I have no problems with Windows though. Never installed anti-virus, havent formatted my computer in a year or so, running Vista, and its smooth as. Sometimes I even like to format my computer. Clean up all the useless things I've downloaded and old files and folders everywhere.
I'm going to continue working with Linux because it has alot of cool things, but I don't think I'll be switching just yet.
Glad you like Linux ... just dual boot and see how you get on with things - that's what I usually suggest.
Personally I would not consider running Windows on the net without AV.
I have AV (scan only) on Linux and just scan the system every now and then to make sure I don't pass something on in a document. Using software repositories means someone else checks the software.
Most of my PCs have nvidia graphics so can't comment on personal experience of ATI graphics.
I switched because I started volunteering at a place called byteworks, where I had to learn linux, One day I decided to set up a dual boot, and every time I booted my computer I thought "should I go with linux, or windows? linux has a complicated file system, but if I explore it enough, then it will seem simpler and simpler, but then again I already know windows." Over time I started using the linux side more and more. Now I know more about linux than windows (unfortunate for my friends who always want my help with their windows machines), and my computer is running linux only.