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Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:09 am
by andyO
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I mean when I know there is such a solid OS as GNU/Linux (Mint) out there, it *really* irritates me when I am forced to fight against windows each day in work to get things done.

Sigh.
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:lol:

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 7:23 am
by tdockery97
I sympathize with your situation, but don't actually know the feeling myself having been retired for several years now. :D

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:53 am
by srq2625
andyO wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 6:09 am
<vent>
I mean when I know there is such a solid OS as GNU/Linux (Mint) out there, it *really* irritates me when I am forced to fight against windows each day in work to get things done.

Sigh.
</vent>
:lol:
I think I can go you one better....

Imagine, if you will, having to use Windows (Win7 in this case, but that's soon to change) and, in addition, having the O/S loaded up with McAfee Host Based Security System (HBSS), Data Armor (data at rest encryption), and some other security package the name of which I don't even know.

One of the side-affects is that sometimes (at least two or three times each day) my browser (oh, did I forget to mention that IE is the only browser allowed to be installed) will load with the menu bar visible but totally inactive. I have to completely shut down all IE instances/tabs and sometimes that will fix it. Other times I have to completely log out and log back in again.

But, my employer pays me by the hour, not by the job - so if the tools they give me caused all this delay .... well, my take-home is still the same. :wink:

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 11:10 am
by HaveaMint
Where I work they use win7 and MS server. When I get there I unplug the internet from the win7 machine and plug it into my Laptop running Mint and everything runs fine. :D

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Fri Sep 28, 2018 12:01 pm
by Portreve
The company I work for has 8.1 deployed everywhere. Many of the locations are using still 1280×1024 LCD panels, and a few have 1024×768 ones. Both the local application and the remote-running web based system are built around a 16:10 widescreen configuration which does work on the larger 4:3 panels, but it's kind of ungainly.

Everyone in the company who has a company-issued computer (typically a laptop or tablet/laptop thingy has MS Office (some very recent, maybe even current, version) and all the remote locations (stores) have LibreOffice because the company wanted to do this on the cheap.

Nearly every Excel spreadsheet in use had to be rebuilt to eliminate whatever M$-proprietary functions, replacing them where possible with calculations and other generic spreadsheet formulas. For a good six or more months, stores were stuck with Excel 2007 files which worked except for the functions. This caused lots of problems because non-tech-savvy employees couldn't make things work properly and were getting yelled at for not doing everything they were supposed to by other, more senior employees who did not know there would be problems, were not tech savvy themselves, or both.

We use Microsoft's sync software to get scanners to transfer data to or get data from the deployed desktop systems. Sometimes, it doesn't open automatically when the scanner is dropped into the base, and sometimes when that's the case, connectivity doesn't work. When that happens, the program has to me manually opened. However, rights restrictions on the computers mean you can't navigate to where the program lives, and the configuration does not give access to that or any other program but a launcher screen, so then it took ages for our IT department to realize this and remotely make a shortcut in the user folder.

The entire experience has been such an utter flustercluck that more hours than you can imagine have surely been spent in some manner dealing with all the problems our technology update rollout of 2016/17, or wasted by store users, or just otherwise list in productivity. There is no chance in hell this was economical.

All that is to say I'm so glad this sort of thing is strictly contained to my employer, and I don't have to deal with a lick of it in my own personal life.

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Sat Sep 29, 2018 6:42 am
by lsemmens
srq2625 wrote:
Fri Sep 28, 2018 8:53 am
But, my employer pays me by the hour, not by the job - so if the tools they give me caused all this delay .... well, my take-home is still the same. :wink:
Actually... your take home is way better because of Windwoes. If, as you claim, you are paid by the hour, and you were running Linux...........you get the idea. No need to thank me.....;)

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Sun Sep 30, 2018 6:11 pm
by andyO
heh - I like your thinking lsemmens.

Sympathies to others here with a "profitable" working environment.

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Mon Oct 01, 2018 12:28 am
by jimallyn
andyO, you have my deepest sympathy. I discovered Linux in 2002, and that did it for me! I do on occasion have to use Windows, usually at somebody else's house, or when I'm setting somebody up with a dual boot system, and every time I curse Microsoft.

Re: Linux (and Mint) contribute to my anger levels

Posted: Tue Oct 02, 2018 2:38 pm
by lexon
I have been running Linux since 2003. No problems.
Right now I run a laptop with W10. Much too difficult to dual boot with Linux. I tried. I refuse to spend hours maybe days on the forums trying to figure it out. It use to be easy before W10.
I also run Mint on an older Acer laptop quite well. Not sure what I will do when the PC fails. PC's now come with an obstruction in the bios. It seems Linus cannot get around that obstruction easily.
I need the W10 for iTunes, iPad, iPhone, anyway.
Oh, not looking for help here.
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