teatime wrote:There are other advantages over Windows: I can have hardware longer in use as I do not depend anymore on driver politcs of a certain hardware vendor as long I use open source drivers and that's in my case one of the biggest advantages. How often happend it to somebody that the used hardware do not work anymore with a newer Windows as the hardware manufacture do not offer drivers for older hardware for a new Windows system. I have saved with Linux and open source in general some bucks and this bucks I donate to opensource projects which is in the longterm much better for me and the opensource ecosystem.
As to your main arguments for not completely erradicting Windows as of yet;
1 - Have you looked around to see if there's a repository that contains working drivers? My Canon printer doesn't work with available drivers. I have to download drivers that a benevolent developer decided to donate his time to tweaking to work in this environment. Scanning is still a bit if-fy but the wireless printing works good with the tweaked drivers. Have you tried doing a thorough search to see if others have the same printer & have gotten it working?
2 - LibreOffice can both open and save in .docx, .xlsx, .pptx, and all the other latest M$Office formats so that argument seems invalid.
xfrank wrote:1 - Yes I did, the problem is that the driver is only for 32bit, don't work for 64bit. I tried almost everything following advices in various forums, but nothing seems to work. The system recognizes the printer, but don't print.
2 - I like LibreOffice, it fulfills almost all my needs and I use it a lot. But as a professional writer, I have to check the final work before to send it to the editor. For some works I can convert the text to pdf and send it, or in some cases even send it in .odt. But generally, a book have to be sent in .docx. If i save in .docx from LibreOffice, I can't be sure of the exact formatting of the text, for example, notes or font sizes. Is true that the last version of LO are quickly approaching to a 99% conversion to word format.
In the end, dual booting for now is the safe solution.
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