Here is my little windows - Linux story. Hopefully something will come out of it.
Around 4 years ago I learned about the world of Linux. I was told how Linux was much faster, more stable, and more secure than windows. I had Linux around 1 day and gave up on it. The reason being I found it hard. I had AOL, I found it was very difficult and complex for me to get on the internet, and the internet was a must. Around a year later I gave it another try, it worked, detected all my drivers (A lot better than windows). Even the internet worked well. Again it lasted a short time. This time it was that I constantly needed something from windows.
My third Linux attempt was a dual boot with windows. Which lasted around 2 months until windows had errors and I restored it using an image (which wiped Linux off of course) I was not bothered as being a windows user I rarely used Linux.
Skip forward to last Monday when my computer started running slow again, I decided to give Linux a new try, this was my first attempt with Linux Mint. Mint installed to my computer relatively fast, and the only driver I don't think it installed is my embedded web camera (though I am not sure it may have even done that). I have used Mint to write some software for university. And since Monday have spent around one hour on windows.
As for a preference, I prefer Mint to windows. But I would be very hesitant to remove windows. For a few reasons.
Firstly windows is the more popular. So friends and family use it, it is nice to be able to go there once and a while, to test software. Or refresh my memory on certain settings.
Secondly it is very popular in university, and probably industry. It is useful to be able to use certain software that may not be available for Linux (although Linux has a huge range).
Another point is that sometimes I want to show someone how to do something. Most people I know use windows, so it is advantageous to show them in windows how to do it.
Lastly, and this may only apply to me, I have certain things I rarely use. For example my printer sees usage once every blue moon. What is the point of setting it up on my Linux machine, when I can just switch to windows and use it
So to conclude I prefer Linux over windows (It is faster, nicer to use, and has a huge range of software for free) But wouldn't give up my xp any time soon for it. But my view right now is, why chose when I can have the best of both worlds. As for windows 7... Maybe I'll use that in 5 or 6 years or so...
Here is a quick link (clearly one sided) to look at the 2 http://worldcadaccess.typepad.com/gizmo ... ows-7.html
If you want to know if a device works, you can try the live cd.
Hope something in there helped