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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by josephc » Sun Sep 04, 2011 10:33 pm

I actually run Linux in parallel with an OS X Lion as I am on a macbook pro. I chose not to go with windows as it feels to limited for me. And I am not the type to use some proprietary software when I know I can use something that is open source. Though you may say that mac is more of proprietary but that is my own preference. It is good that I am able to still run Linux even though the upgrade to Lion.

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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by Kevin108 » Tue Nov 22, 2011 1:05 am

On my desktop, yes. At the base, it's a Dell from late 2003 however the motherboard, CPU and keyboard are the only original components remaining now. I made the jump to Linux on my desktop on November 5th. Windows XP picked up a virus somehow despite my safe working practices. It infected device drivers along with programs and the Recycle Bin and seems to have succeeded in causing physical damage to my 500 GB SATA drive. I'd replace it with a larger unit and copy everything over, but HDs are through the roof right now.

Instead, I crammed an old 60 GB IDE drive in the case and started trying the current distros. I finally found my way to Mint 11. Unlike the latest Ubuntu, Kubuntu and Fedora, everything worked and looked great out of the box, so I knew I'd found the release I would began (re)learning Linux on. Much has changed over the years and it's all for the better! Most of what I do with my system is reading forums and news sites and as a media center.

One of the tasks I found surprisingly easy was providing my wife MP4s for her iPhone which were converted from AVIs with Avidemux. The installation of Dropbox and the changing of a few folder permissions has made this almost as easy as the system I had setup in Windows. There I used a program called iPodMe, which allowed me to build a list of files to convert instead of just dealing with one at a time. I'm sure I could use some basic scripting and FFMPEG to automate things a little more but I don't work at that level right now.

I'm certainly close enough to where I want to be to continue on. The community here is most helpful. It's making learning the extras I need fun and easy.

My other devices are an old Eee 701, a Droid X and another Dell at work. The Eee has a heavily-modified version of XP that boots up and shuts down on that 630 MHz "beast" faster than any other system I've ever seen. Since I don't have the knowledge to modify Linux extensively enough for comparable performance, XP will stay on that machine. It came loaded with a fairly awful version of Xandros but those little chicklet keys made terminal work a real chore. The Droid might be running anything from stock Froyo to rooted Gingerbread to the latest Cyanogenmod, depending on what I need to do with it. The Dell at work is fully locked down by our IT dept. It's running XP, which is a good thing. They just installed XP in May. I would love to know what they did with our licenses and monitors. Despite the fact that the machines are only a couple years old and are adorned with Vista stickers, our IT "pros" delivered them to us with Windows 2000 installed and old Gateway CRTs instead of the LCD flatscreens they came with. I have managed to at least get Firefox running on it via PortableApps.com

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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by gothicpreston » Thu Nov 24, 2011 2:05 pm

Is 3/4 good start ?
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by karliet » Thu Nov 24, 2011 7:35 pm

In a sense I only use Linux just which Distro I use is another story I run about 4 different distro's (ubuntu fedora redhat and mint) and I do have a windows installation I use it for running virus's (I think it's funny)
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by d00med » Thu Nov 24, 2011 11:08 pm

I have a Windows partition that I need to use about a few minutes a month. I'm looking forward to getting rid of it eventually. Can't stand Windows anymore.

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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by w2ibc » Mon Nov 28, 2011 10:38 pm

100% linux only here
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by configX » Tue Nov 29, 2011 10:53 pm

100% Linux (Mint) here as well.

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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by bob » Tue Nov 29, 2011 11:00 pm

Sure, 100% linux for about 7 years now. Fedora's been my primary since FC-2 and SuSE before that. Since then, testing maybe 100 distros on various partitions, however I'm happy now to stick with Mint and Fedora and to install them on family, friends and a public machine. I've gotten to the point that Windows is a bit alien and difficult to use these days.

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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by invader_tak » Sat Dec 03, 2011 10:04 pm

Yes, I have a single partition linux box.

I was first exposed to Red Hat in 2004 as part of a computer security class. I didn't get the impression the distro, kernel, or the community itself was where it needed to be to go mainstream. It turned me off linux and I spent the next 5 years wrestling with Windows in a state of perpetual rage, and to add insult to injury, not only did I have to spend all my free time hammering it into shape like a 19th century car mechanic before the advent of standardized machine parts, I had to pay for it.

Finally my computer contracted some sort of mega-virus that even with my considerable powers I could not cure with Windows intact. I managed to get it barely functional enough to backup the important things, and then took the plunge with Ubuntu. It took me 3 days to get it to work. First it wouldn't run off the liveCD, then it wouldn't install to the HDD, then it wouldn't boot correctly, then it wouldn't connect to the internet because it had no drivers for my wireless card. That distro isn't exactly ready for prime time to this day. Sure, eventually I got it to do most of what I wanted it to do, but I'm hardly your average computer user. My fiance could only look on in horror from his Vista box; he wanted to switch too, but he didn't want to have to go through all that drama. Once I did get it working, it ran Windows programs better than Vista, and he become cranky, but not cranky enough to switch.

When Canonical started derping around with Unity I decided to switch to another distro, cooling my jets on an old LTS until I heard about Mint. Did some research, and when I heard Lisa came out, my laziness vaporized. Installed like a rainbows charm. Required zero effort. Now my fiance wants in on linux. I think its finally ready to go mainstream and take a big wet bite out of Bill Gates mushy middle aged bum. I mean marketshare.

edit: +1 for the f-bomb wordfiltering to "rainbows." I lol'd irl.
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by wcr3d » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:06 am

On my desktop I multiboot as in my signature, I have a Macbook pro, android phone, dell precision dual 2ghz xeon running windows xp for a media center (as its the simplest using a ATI All-N-Wonder Remote), pogoplug hacked running debian 6 with a 2 drive 1tb external and my print server. I do IT support as a personal side business and love new technology. Can't afford staying up with all the new hardware so I hack together what I can to stay abreast of all the latest.
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by minitrucker » Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:23 pm

After M$ failed on me hard a few months back....(I was using Vista-even more inevitable than usual) I finally made the switch to Linux. I didn't have the money or time to mess winderps any more so on a suggestion from a friend DL'd mint 11. I have been very satisfied with the switch and if my financial situation allowed, would definitely donate. But as a student, I'm barely scraping by as it is.... another reason I love Linux- better than M$ and Apple products and completely free. The only thing is word documents... libre office writer comes through most of the time but once you get into heavy formatting like bullets and graphs in the document, it usually falls apart when you have to share that doc with someone that hasn't seen the light(still using windows). Being in school and everybody around me using M$, I kind of need to create a dual boot of with M$ system just for word docs and the like.... the trip to school every time I need to do it is getting old...
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by invader_tak » Sun Dec 04, 2011 6:33 pm

minitrucker wrote: I kind of need to create a dual boot of with M$ system just for word docs and the like....
Open office and libre office have zero problem with Microsoft office files.

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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by minty33 » Sun Dec 04, 2011 10:24 pm

i only use linux. i don't even have an OEM windows in my house. nor do i have it on virtualbox sice conficker and other worms can now sense being in a virtual sandbox and infect the host OS through the virtual adapter. my mother uses windows and just spent 170 USD to clean the viruses ect... what a scam. they don't even really clean them all since they just use software to find them. most rootkits require hands on trouble shooting to find them via port scanning to find outbound traffic and connections ect.. that can even prove difficult given they can even hide from port scanners and not show as open .even a common rootkit like HxDef(most common rootkit in the wild) is invisible once installed - i will add some versions of hxdef can be detected by icesword but the point remains is using software to find and get rid of them is hit or miss and no software will find them all. that said to hell with windows and the scams that are virus removal services. i mean if you file share or torrent on windows you must be crazy or love reinstalling or tracking down rootkits.
i guess i dont have to tell you after my mom got her computer back she got on internet explorer just to be greeted by the spinning wheel. She is a total novice i mean she even needs help printing sometimes so she has been too scared to try linux even though its not really harder at all its actually easier and a more stress free experience. after this experience though she agreed to let me resize the partitions and add mint as a boot option. i'll set up flash and all the codecs ect.. and i know she'll be a convert as she flies through the good ol interweb as god intended without freezing.
i don't get windows. ppl say linux is for experts - why because it is better for experts doesn't make some distros like mint not better for newbs and power users both. if anything you need more knowledge to keep windows running efficiently. windows is ok for enterprises with ids's and serious firewalls and traffic filters ect... but for a home install your asking for fustration even with a paid antivirus subscription as most novices will install anything and basically bypass the antivirus anyway. for example how many ppl click ok to every pop up warning on windows. i know my mother does. ARE YOU SURE? - yes CLICK - damn my computer doesn't work!
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by ibm450 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 1:29 am

minty33 wrote:i only use linux. i don't even have an OEM windows in my house. nor do i have it on virtualbox sice conficker and other worms can now sense being in a virtual sandbox and infect the host OS through the virtual adapter.
strange, never had this issue in the last 12 or so years of using windows, both at home and as a site IT support have come accross this even although i purposley go to hack / wazes sites and test my AV (nod32 or M$ free version) on win7 in the sandbox and never ever got a single viruse or some form of infection o_O
my mother uses windows and just spent 170 USD to clean the viruses ect... what a scam.

sounds about right to pay a IT specialist for his 2 hrs. worth of work or a over the night run with his AV..that's why they studied the course/degree to get paid by people like your mum or people who arnt educated in that field, simple. (its a trade that they or we study to make money from...)
they don't even really clean them all since they just use software to find them.


well virus patch programs are just that, scripts compiled into a exe or reg files designed to scan the infected areas executed to run at pc clock speed (GHz), as this would be cheaper and wiser thing to do opposed to having a IT specialist hand clean each seeded virus. $170 would have then equated to perhaps in the hundreds of $$ (would be much cheaper to buy a new pc)
most root-kits require hands on trouble shooting to find them via port scanning to find outbound traffic and connections ect.. that can even prove difficult given they can even hide from port scanners and not show as open .even a common rootkit like HxDef(most common rootkit in the wild) is invisible once installed - I will add some versions of hxdef can be detected by icesword but the point remains is using software to find and get rid of them is hit or miss and no software will find them all. that said to hell with windows and the scams that are virus removal services. i mean if you file share or torrent on windows you must be crazy or love reinstalling or tracking down rootkits.
simple solution, download and install driver genus, back up all your used or unused drivers into a compiled exe file, then download Autopatcher that allows you to download all of the required service packs for windows and for your office suites into a auto re-installer package (very handy) that allows you to reinstall all these service packs and what not in an offline situation, shaving hours and hours of downloads and restarts, then back up you personal data and FORMAT your pc. from past experience, doing that is so much faster and alot less painful and saves un necessary rants on how sh i t windows is. in short, windows is VERY stable, fast and far more easier to use.
she'll be a convert as she flies through the good ol interweb as god intended without freezing.
good luck... only 2 out of 10 people, gave Linux a shot. the other 8, including my parents, said, no, they all stated Linux is / was a clumsy OS to use.
if anything you need more knowledge to keep windows running efficiently. windows is ok for enterprises with ids's and serious firewalls and traffic filters ect...
please give me the same stuff this dudes on....

dont get me wrong, i love linux, but to be perfectly honest with you, if i had a choice of which OS to use as my primary? it definitely be windows as with windows, basically, everything works and getting the same job done is far quicker then linux.
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by invader_tak » Mon Dec 05, 2011 4:52 am

ibm450 wrote:to be perfectly honest with you, if i had a choice of which OS to use as my primary? it definitely be windows as with windows, basically, everything works and getting the same job done is far quicker then linux.
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by AlbertP » Mon Dec 05, 2011 5:01 am

invader_tak wrote: Open office and libre office have zero problem with Microsoft office files.
This is not true. Some advanced formatting isn't saved correctly by OO/LO. For example merged cells in tables in the .doc format. And in .docx the width of table cells does not match.

And MS Word 2007 fails to open the .odt files of LibreOffice 3.4. It correctly opens the .odt files of LibreOffice 3.3.
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by invader_tak » Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:37 am

AlbertP wrote:This is not true. Some advanced formatting isn't saved correctly by OO/LO. For example merged cells in tables in the .doc format. And in .docx the width of table cells does not match. And MS Word 2007 fails to open the .odt files of LibreOffice 3.4. It correctly opens the .odt files of LibreOffice 3.3.
Does that matter? How likely is it, in your opinion, that someone will encounter this bug? Is that likelihood greater or lesser than their odds of encountering a bug in MS Office and/or Libre Office? But we already knew that you were harping over the definition of a word, which is a philosophical problem.

Computer programs are more complex than astrophysics. The amount of coding in each distinct iteration of each distinct program and fork of a program are harder to account for than the motion of celestial objects. And yet, if someone said it "wasn't true" that the Earth revolved around the Sun (Earth and Sun both orbit their common barycenter 3.5 thousandths of an inch from the the Sun's center of mass), I believe you would join me in telling him that he had made a philosophical mistake.
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by xenopeek » Mon Dec 05, 2011 6:39 am

I would have switched to Linux at work by now, where it not that I have to use company templates for documents and slides. Haven't been able to get these working in LibreOffice :? But at home I only use Linux and BSD :mrgreen:
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by AlbertP » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:10 am

invader_tak wrote:How likely is it, in your opinion, that someone will encounter this bug?
Roughly once a week I run into problems with a document that isn't properly saved or opened when transferring it from a Linux to a Windows computer. And those files usually contain a table.
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Re: Do you run Linux as your sole operating system?

Post by ibm450 » Mon Dec 05, 2011 7:19 am

invader_tak wrote:
ibm450 wrote:to be perfectly honest with you, if i had a choice of which OS to use as my primary? it definitely be windows as with windows, basically, everything works and getting the same job done is far quicker then linux.
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ok ok i should have expected that ... lol ... i like it :)
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