[Chat] Still keep a Windows? Speak out your reason

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Yes I keep one for games. Only for games. All the rest I do it with mint
I have LM Running on all these computers

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Mint 17 as main on 2 laptops.
Kali linux on a usb drive
Hirenboot usb
Partedmagic USB
Clonezilla
Spare HD with Win8.1
Piratelinux for testing.And a lot of virtualboxes (debian,ubuntu,red hat, router os...)
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I realized about a week ago that I just no longer used the Windows part of my dual-boot computers. It's not an "anti Microsoft" thing. I just didn't use MS anymore. So when I bought a new laptop a week or so ago I was going to set up the dual-boot with Windows like I always do.

But then I asked myself why would I continue to keep Windows when I don't use it anymore? So I didn't.

Regarding the Garmen updates on Windows, I too have a Garmen (haven't updated it in ages but I have it). If I wanted to update it, I'd just do that on my computer at work, or on one of my kids computers. I couldn't justify keeping Windows for 1 program that I might use someday. In my situation I figure that's crazy.

This Mint 17 Cinnamon is the best Linux distro I've used in the past 15+ years of using Linux. Yes, there is some setup issues to tailor the setup to be exactly what I want. But it's not that big of a deal. I have to do some of that with Windows too. I love how I can set up Mint to be exactly what I want - and when I finish, it's a tailored system that is perfect for me. I can't do that with Windows.

It took me awhile to get used to the Linux software application counterparts to my old Windows programs. But once I invested the time to learn the new programs, I actually find that I prefer them to the Windows-based offerings. And I love the fact that I can upgrade these Linux applications for free, rather than have to pay out the money for the Windows programs that used to use.

The bottom-line for me is that I enjoy Mint 17 a lot more than I do Windows.
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I only keep windows around for my college classes.. I don't mean because I need it for software, (I do all of my classes on Linux) but because I need to stay familiar with windows... Yea, that is the worst part about going into the IT field.. you have to learn and deal with windows! :( :evil: :twisted:

If I didn't need it for that purpose I would be M$ free!
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Using windows xp - still.

Runs chemistry apps that I need. Neither linux nor windows 7/8 are good at that

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At work I use dual booting. I spend most of my time in GNU/Linux, but if I need a printer (this happens rarely) or if using ms office is absolutely required, I switch to windows and then get back to GNU/Linux ASAP. :mrgreen:

At home - I have only GNU/Linux. In fact, I've never tried to dual boot on my home PC. When I discovered Mint, I deleted windows at once.

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I currently dual boot Windows 7 and Linux Mint. The only reason for keeping Windows is for some games and maybe for any software which is exclusive to Windows. I very happy to see a lot more games coming to Linux though. :D

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Prefer not to open Windows unless needed. There are a couple of programs, like Photoshop, where it is just a lot faster than the Linux replacement due to familiarity. Two things not available in Linux: Sketchup and coupon printers, and I haven't found a working replacement for Free Video Cutter. When I do have to go back to Windows, there are huge backlists of updates waiting.

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I have to stay with windows for online bank statements, etc. that only seem to like IE. I also have to stay because my Canon MG5400 doesnt seem to have linux printers and even a "fix" I found online doesnt seem to work. There is always something!!!

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I've got 2 Games on Windows... and nothing else:

Guild Wars 2 and Company of Heroes 2... Hate to go Windows every time I need to play...
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Revit. Two machines dual booted with Win 7 thanks to Autodesk not budging one bit. I hate booting into that partition, slows me down, dull, insipid even.
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BTW:

I did get my Guild Wars 2 working very well, Very stable and excellently on LM 17. Custom launchers for Teamspeak and GW2. Run in wondowed mode on a 23" gives awesome gameplay.
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I used to think MS Word is that important; if abiword is better, I may switch as well.

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Abiword should be more than enough for most users certainly although I'm using Writer and sometimes Trelby. I much prefer Gnumeric over Calc though. in fact I wish they'd just replace Calc with Gnumeric and have done with it.

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I keep a windows computer mostly for my graphics art. However, I could do it all on linux. In fact, I'm doing the migration from my laptop to my desktop right now. :D However, my laptop would still need windows on it for some games. That, and I do enjoy having both worlds. It lets me learn more, use the right OS for what I need, and such. I think that my laptop will have Windows on it for now. With that said, I am currently on a desktop running LM17 XFCE as the only OS. 8) So, if its not obvious, I like the best of both worlds. Each OS has their strengths and weaknesses, and I like to use each OS to their fullest. I look forward to reading more reasons as to why you guys keep Windows around. :)

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Thats a shame, in my quest to migrate from Windows to Linux for game developement, I discovered unity does not have a download for Linux. The good news is I can compile a build for Linux from within Windows. So yeah, I will have some fun making random game creations, cross platform too.
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Miekuxi wrote:I used to think MS Word is that important; if abiword is better, I may switch as well.
It's not. But have you considered having a peek at TextMaker?

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I've still got windows dual booted as I've been using Linux for about a week and still cling to the Microsoft bosom.

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Still using WinXP and Win7 on 5 machines.
- one laptop is Mint (my recent Linux test bed)

Require Windows for ...
AutoCad 2006,
Excel 2003 (for my VBA addins) -- on XP and Win7
Quickbooks Pro (requires XP -- does not work on Win7) :evil:

Seriously looking to convert as much as I can to Linux
- alternative to Quickbooks Pro
- alternative for AutoCad
- spreadsheet program that can be enhanced using Python
- would be willing to pay for apps, or donate, after trialing
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I still use Windows for many things. Photoshop, Lightroom, Autodesk, and will add SolidWorks soon. I also have a little Zotac zbox with Win 8.1 that I use as a HTPC.

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Like many have said before, I keep Windows 8 on my laptop for one singular reason: games.

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