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What prompted your move to linux?

Postby rimbaum on Thu May 30, 2013 1:56 pm

I've been seeing a lot of talk lately about Windows 8 being likely to prompt a lot of users to linux because of their issues with no traditional start menu... and it got me thinking about what actually prompted my move to linux!

When I got my netbook a few years back, it came standard with Windows 7 Starter Edition. I'm sure I don't need to list all the ways in which that particular iteration of Windows was a total failure, but what actually prompted me to move to linux was the total lack of customizeability. I couldn't even change the wallpaper background! It was completely ridiculous. I'd heard of linux as a free OS before, and had vaguely heard of names like Red Hat and Ubuntu. Since the people I talked to online were somewhat more familiar with Ubuntu, that was what I downloaded. Ubuntu 10.04 was my first linux OS, and I kept updating every six months until they switched to unity... I could not (and still cannot) stand unity at all, and preferred to stick around with Gnome2 as long as I could.

It didn't even occur to me to look at different distros at the time, although now I'm glad I did because I found Mint with MATE :D I didn't consider myself a power user (still don't, I guess!), although since I got my new laptop, I've definitely been looking at ways to actually mess around with the OS itself instead of just being a casual user that only wants a computer that can handle IMs, email, and web browsing with the occasional writing project to do.

So does anyone else have stories to share about their move to linux?
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby trapperjohn on Thu May 30, 2013 2:52 pm

I first started with Ubuntu Warty Warthog back ~2005. I had Unix experience from decades prior and I wanted to re-live old memories. Also I was curious... wanted to learn. Over the next year or so, I migrated to where where I used Ubuntu almost exclusively, most often using Windows in a VBox machine for some tasks (I still do this).

Around 2007 I became heavily involved with not-for-profit community groups. Their computers were always hand-me-downs that the original owners donated because they, well, were klunkers. Linux distros brought these machines back to life.

I can't effectively enumerate the reasons why I am now almost exclusively a Linux user. Perhaps the bigest reason is; I like to know I own the machine... entirely.

I migrated from Ubuntu to Mint slowly, starting at Mint 9. I found it more predictable when running a remote, unattended machine. I primarily stick to LTS releases. When Ubuntu Lucid Lynx approached the end of its long term service period, I chose not to use the emerging Ubuntu desktop... Unity. There were many reasons for this, the biggest being simply that I like Mint (Mate) better. Another is the fact that I still volunteer for several non-profits... and they still have machines that do better without the eye candy. What's great about Mint is that users have a choice. They can have the eye candy with Cinnamon or opt out with Mate.

I experiment with many other Linux distros. Some are better suited to specific tasks and I use them as a default on some machines. Examples include Scientific Linux (Redhat derivitive), Kali (Debian), LUbuntu, and Puppy.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby catweazel on Fri May 31, 2013 2:00 am

rimbaum wrote:So does anyone else have stories to share about their move to linux?

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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby samriggs on Fri May 31, 2013 3:53 am

Windoze, what more needs to be said.
got tired of paying for a system, with so many issues in so many areas.
Found linux more stable and all the way around better for me and I only use software I get from linux itself, so no need to windoze in any way shape or form.
Not even wine.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby excollier on Fri May 31, 2013 4:13 am

A combination of curiosity ( I had known of Linux for some time), too much time on my hands (unemployed after 35 years working) and needing to keep the braincells ticking over.
Also Windows Vista driving me mad, but I still (unfortunately) need it for a couple of applications.
Now I am hooked, and happy with that. :)
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby MartyMint on Fri May 31, 2013 5:46 am

I think beyond the fact that Linux Mint is very good, many people are coming over for the MATE and Cinammon desktops.

We just want a sane user environment.


(Yeah, I know...you can install MATE and Cinammon on other distros, but an Out-Of-The-Box presentation has value.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby Frivolous on Sun Jun 02, 2013 11:49 am

I switched to Linux from Windows mainly because I wanted to try something different. I always liked playing around with different software and was also curious about different operating systems. My friend had Ubuntu installed on his computer and I thought I'd give it a try one day and I really enjoyed it.
My switch to Linux Mint recently was partially because I'm not a huge fan of Unity and Mint has always looked impressive to me, but also because I wanted that new experience yet again. I have a feeling I'll be sticking with it for quite awhile now, though.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby bigj231 on Sun Jun 02, 2013 12:19 pm

Vista originally. I installed Gentoo in a VM and it was snappier than Vista was installed. I was hooked and eventually found Mint.
As far as full time, I had to buy a new system recently, and I wanted a SSD. Didn't have enough space for a dual boot, and Linux did everything better but the games. I figured that I didn't need to play games when I was supposed to be working, so I switched to Linux full time.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby gnudude on Sun Jun 02, 2013 1:41 pm

found windows too limiting, found linux to be anything but
haven't found any reason to use windows or even have it installed since 2002
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby nostromo on Sun Jun 02, 2013 2:12 pm

trapperjohn wrote: I primarily stick to LTS releases. When Ubuntu Lucid Lynx approached the end of its long term service period, I chose not to use the emerging Ubuntu desktop... Unity. There were many reasons for this, the biggest being simply that I like Mint (Mate) better.

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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby Non Serviam on Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:46 pm

Bought a new laptop, it came pre-loaded with Windows 8. Looked at Windows 8. Decided I wanted a laptop, not an oversized phone without a touchscreen. Shut down new laptop, fired up old laptop, researched Linux, decided on Linux Mint, and here I am.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby 3mutts on Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:50 pm

Curiosity mainly and wanting to try something different than Windows.
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Postby RodMyers on Sun Jun 02, 2013 8:20 pm

Began with redhat 4.2. I knew windos sucked way then

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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby Chemical_Ali on Sat Jun 08, 2013 3:31 am

As someone who prefers using open source software, I was 'always' curious about Linux. I tried various distros in the past, but I always went back to Windows without learning how to use Linux properly. It wasn't until 2009 that I decided to set a challenge for myself to see if I could use Ubuntu for one year without reverting to Windows. I managed to use Ubuntu on a full-time basis until 2011. I went back to Windows in 2011, because I had to use Photoshop, Flash, etc. Now I am using Mint. :)
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby rkmugen on Sat Jun 08, 2013 6:06 am

I needed to squeeze out more useful years out of my iMac G3 (2001) and my Compaq V2000 (2006). MintPPC (Debian Wheezy) and Linux Mint 13, both, allowed me to do just that!

Though my main Windows Vista HTPC (from 2007) will likely remain a Windows machine.... I can't give up my Assassin's Creed games nor Windows Vista Media Center (I use it for over-the-air DTV and over-the-air broadcast radio).
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby TBABill on Sat Jun 08, 2013 8:12 am

I had Windows Vista on a laptop whose hard drive failed. No backup disks. New drive and needed an OS. Ubuntu 9.10 saved me and I've loved Linux distros ever since. I also have a fondness for OS X over Windows any day. I don't see me ever going back to Windows and now I run Linux, Chrome OS (which is still Linux, just VERY different) and OSX.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby NightHawk877 on Mon Jun 10, 2013 9:33 pm

I got bored. Had a spare computer lying around and installed Ubuntu on it.

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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby Jonathan Spearman on Mon Jun 17, 2013 5:54 am

I would have to say the following

1. Paying for Windows and the applications became way too expensive, when you have to pay 4000.00 for Exchange and close to 1500 for any of the server OS's that really puts the brakes on using your PC or Server.
2. After being a windows tech, I could no longer be part of the lie that windows is the best. Corporate users spend more time being down, then actually getting work done. Windows only shops, cause IT to constantly put out fires and interoperability between other platforms brings become expensive and usually do not work and causes the company to lose money.
3. Viruses, Blue Screens
4. Anti-Pirating measures such as users not owning their software.
5. Being forced to buy proprietary hardware in order to use the software.
6. They are a criminal company that has not really changed. They are forcing UEFI on vendors in a effort to lock out other OS's in the name of security, Yet those companies that use their platform have been hacked more than any other OS on the planet, and it is not because they are the so-called most visible, it is because their coding sucks and has more holes than swiss cheese.
7. They are thieves because they bully companies to pay them royalties on software they did not create or write, such as the Blackmail licensing fees of android phones
8. The Eula- which basically states your data belongs to MS and if you try and get out of the MS trap, you have to pay additional money in order to get your data configured so it will work on another system and there are penalties for not wanting to use MS products.

Some may not like what I have said, but unfortunately it is the truth.
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby anandrkris on Mon Jun 17, 2013 6:11 am

Divine Providence, does not mean I am not an atheist. :)
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Re: What prompted your move to linux?

Postby RavenLX on Tue Jun 25, 2013 4:12 pm

I think ultimately Linux Mint made me switch to 100% Linux six months ago. I never looked back! I had used Windows Vista Home Premium on my old laptop for about 4 - 5 years, but tried a distro now and then using VirtualBox. At work I'm a server administrator and we use Ubuntu so I got very familiar with that. When I bought my new laptop last year, it came pre-installed with Windows 7 Home Premium. I had to make a few adjustments to some of the changes in the file manager, and other small things, but overall it was much like Vista. Just on a better machine. Then Windows 8 came out and I decided to spring for the $15 upgrade to Windows 8 pro (which the computer manufacturer then reimbursed me for). I tried. I really really tried. But no matter what, Windows 8 became useless as far as trying to get an real work done. I found I had to spend MORE money to get back a start button (free versions didn't work as well as I needed them to) and boot directly to the desktop. Plus in the back of my mind, I knew the system resources were being hogged a little by that darn "Metro" or "Modern" tile start screen. What a waste. Not only that, the Windows looked so ugly I hated to use the computer! Seriously looked like Windows 1.0 on steroids! Sick. And at the time nothing could be done about it (Stardock since has come out with Windows 8 version of WindowBlinds but that's commercial software).

What tipped it was Microsoft. Back in October or November I had decided to let go of my hotmail account and wanted it closed, cancelled, since they were phasing it out anyway. They said sometime in November it would be gone. Well, it didn't happen. It took several MONTHS to get that and another Microsoft account that I had started when using Windows 8 to completely close. TONS and tons of emails, and one representative thinking she'll call the cops on me for wanting to go to the attorney general because they refused to delete my private data and close accounts! Needless to say I couldn't control my laughter when she said that. An advocate did apologize for her behavior but still, it took several people and a few months to close those accounts!

Well, by January, I had enough of Microsoft (They were STILL trying to close those accounts!) altogether and after a few weeks of running Mint 14 in VirtualBox within Windows 8, and testing for hardware compatibility, etc. I took the plunge. Everything worked! Most of it out of the box! I did have to do some adjusting to doing things a little differently but it wasn't too bad at all. And I was already well familiar with the command line when I needed it.

I chose KDE because I've used KDE on different Distros in the past and always loved it. It is most similar to Windows (yes, it's not like Windows but it's closer) and I like the window decorations. You can customize it any way you want. Plus there are some good plasma widgets.

So Linux Mint and Windows 8 made me switch. Windows 8 because it just was terrible and expensive and Linux Mint because it was much more stable, boots up fast and is easy to use. And it's not a resource hog running things I don't want/need in the background with no way to get rid of it (Like Windows 8 start screen).

I had tried to move to Linux before, using distros like Mandriva (before it was even called that), and Slackware. I also tried I think Red Hat and also various versions of Ubuntu (including 12.04 Desktop) But in everyday use, neither would do what I needed to and some things seemed to take a lot of work to get working. I don't know but Mint just seemed so much easier to set up.

So that's my story. I think Microsoft royally jumped the shark with Windows 8. I read now and then that it's doing very poorly. I don't worry - I have something better now. :)
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