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2 hours 4 min ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software webguy

Thanks AndyR. Please see my answer to previous reply. (I was using bootable CD to run it :-)

2 hours 6 min ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software webguy

I ALWAYS run imaging from a bootable CD (typically Acronis for my PCs at home). In this case I downloaded the PING ISO file, burned it to disk, then booted from the disk. Maybe it was just a one in a thousand glitch. I might try testing it again after first imaging with Acronis. Does anyone know if PING writes to the SOURCE at any point IF you run from the bootable disk like I did? Thanks.

2 hours 22 min ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? budchekov

For Windows try this..

@There seems to be much discussion about problems installing on Ubuntu 14.04 flavors, seems as if 12.04 LTS may be the last 'east to install compatible' version, maybe someone here can confirm?

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5 hours 17 min ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? vandamme

Yes: first take 15 minutes to install ZorinOS, Mint, Deepin, or Ubuntu; then install Airtime. Be free of Microsoft.

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6 hours 27 min ago Nimbus Note Bruce_Fraser

I use Wunderlist to sync my notes, todo list, and lots of other things. It's free, and cross-platform: Windows, Mac, Android, iPhone/iPdad, Windows Phone, Chromebook.

6 hours 27 min ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up Y6F0

Try a free program called Insomnia, which keeps the computer awake when it would otherwise sleep.

I'd include a link, but the site flags it as spam. Search on insomnia lifehacker.

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9 hours 35 min ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? mchldpy

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12 hours 29 min ago Not Yet Upgraded To Windows 8.1? Beware! Anupam

Problem is specific to your system. Many many people have performed the upgrade without any issues. I am personally running Windows 8.1 since a long time.

12 hours 54 min ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

I have experienced the odd update breakage with Linux but so long as users stay away from rolling releases, such incidences will be fairly isolated. Windows too is not immune from these issues.

Third party security updates have also been the cause of major issues.

Regarding speed, my experience with an i5 desktop running Windows 7 and Chalet OS as a dual boot is that opening software, file transfers, surfing and the other daily functions I perform are faster with the Linux system. The key here though is that an i5 is not an average machine. Many, especially notebooks, have far less power than that provided by an i5 setup and this is where Linux scores because many are ideally suited to lower powered systems.

In general though, yes, Windows mostly does just work as hardware support is excellent but from my perspective I was prepared to sacrifice a little time to sort out compatibility issues because of the other benefits of changing. This of course might not be reason enough for someone else. MC - Site Manager.

13 hours 22 min ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Zebedeeboss

I have to agree with Jorpho on this one. I have distro hopped for the last 2-3 years trying to find the right "Linux" that just worked.

Quote "Speed. In general, most Linux systems run many times faster than Windows."

This is the single statment that got me to write a reply. In my findings this is so NOT true. Yes Linux works, and now days it works generally well. Day to day use it is no quicker than a typical windows 7 setup on an average i5 machine.

Now this is just a view point - I have no proof of timings or fabulous screen shots of "Top" etc showing use of resources etc. Why? Because I dont care. I am not one of those who tweaks and fixes and tunes to get my machine to run using just 384k or some other arbituary low figure. i5 with 6gm Ram... what do I care if my machine uses 5.7Gb as long as it works and works well. If it starts to "lag" I usually say - ok what don't I realy need running and start to close things down and this happens more often with Linux than it does Windows. In my experience.

I too leave my machine on 24/7 so not fussed about start up times. I just want to be able to work/play - do multiple things at the same time and not spend hours on a forum trying to find a fix for something that gets broken when an update occurs.

For me... Windows 7 just simply works. It does everything I want. That said - I am a glutton for punishment and I love "playing" with Linux to see if I can conquer it. and conquer is the apt word (sorry couldn't resist that one). I have to fight - tweak - configure - groan - start again - until I get Linux the way I like it.... then BANG!!!! it all goes pear shaped after an update... Sigh!!!

If you simply want a machine to go on the internet and surf Facebook etc - do e-mails and a few documents then Linux can work for you. There are now some truly lovely Distros out there.

But when I need to do something and and do it NOW... I reboot to windows. OK rant over. Its a good informative article (if a little biased). A good example of why I always refer people To Gizmo's site. With the comments section you get to hear for and against, presented in a professional manner to allow you to make your own mind up. Keep up the Great work.
ps scuse typo's and gramatically incorrect punctuations etc :)

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18 hours 3 min ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? budchekov

Interesting, thanks, have a Dell Xubuntu box gathering dust.

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Hi all,
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Just thought id throw in my own thoughts.

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Just d/l'ed and installed JLC's Internet TV. At startup, the program offers to update channel list but fails to contact the update server repeatedly. Went to their page to see if I could do a manual download, clicked on their Forums page, got a phpBB : Critical Error Could not connect to the database. Guessing that means I'm SOL on this one.

21 hours 50 min ago Watch The World's Hackers, Live, On This Stunning Site rob.schifreen

A very good question! There are various reasons. The attacks are generally coming from botnets, ie networks of hundreds of thousands of compromised computers all over the world. No one has the resources to track down all these people. Especially as they are innocent of any crime. Plus, there's no legal way to make people disinfect their PC.

Also, tracing an individual PC is not easy. All we have to go on is an IP address, and in many cases you'd have to subpoena the ISP in order to find out who it belongs to. And ISPs don't want to hand over this information on a large scale because they don't want to gain a reputation for giving away their customers' right to privacy.

And then there's the cases of large-scale attacks being launched maliciously from places like China or North Korea. A different kettle of worms entirely.

22 hours 17 min ago Not Yet Upgraded To Windows 8.1? Beware! jlhunt

DONT DO IT. Had 2 computers now that totally got screwed up. Printers stopped working, Network was screwed up, Restore points were gone. Missing applications. Operating system totally screwed up. Had to do reinstalls on both computers could not get them back to Widows 8. Very frustrating.

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If they know where the attacks are coming from, why can't the computer owners be notified to clean their machine?

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Have you tried to take it up with their support, I run it on Android and it works fine.

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I use the free version of Evernote (, on windows and android, it has worked on every platform I have tried it on, and if you find you cannot get an app working, or there isn't one available for your platform you can still access all your notes via a web page (providing you are connected to the internet)

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Unfortunately, we can't provide individual support in the comments. Try describing your problem in our forum at

1 day 4 hours ago Nimbus Note kkanalz

The Android app version doesn't work because when it asks for my email address and password, it returns an error message of "Registration failed", even though my email and password are the same as I use on my various PCs and laptops (and other Android apps).

This app may work well on a stand-alone basis, but it surely won't "sync across platforms and devices" if I can't get it registered on my Android.

Uninstalling it now.

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I have been having the same problem for maybe 8 or more months now. I am not able to do a windows update, I get the message that it is not turned on, and that I need to restart my computer. I also tried to get SP1 on my computer and I can not get that also. I have tried everything possible. I did everything that MS said to do and it still does not update. I even did a complete recovery but that did not fix it

Can anyone advise anything else?

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1 day 14 hours ago Best Free Email Software MidnightCowboy

Thank you for sharing this information Old Grey. In light of these developments we have now removed DreamMail from the review. MC - Site Manager.

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I wanted a small fast bare-bones email client so I can have a backup of my online emails. DreamMail looked good at 10meg, but when I started researching it I found it has a vulnerability.

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1 day 14 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software AndyR

PING should always be ran from a Windows PE environment as you have found out it will write temp files to source drive / partition otherwise. Bear in mind PING is quite old now and lacks some of the advanced methods the modern software uses, however it is still very useful and effective if used in the correct environment.

1 day 15 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software crombierob

Were you running Windows when creating the image ?
If you held a gun to my head, I still would never create images, unless I was using a bootable CD (Windows NOT running)

PS Ditto for Partitioning, etc.

1 day 16 hours ago Best Free Drive Cloning Software webguy

First, thanks for your work on the reviews!

PING CAUTION: I was giving PING a first test by backing up a fresh Win 7 Pro install on a Dell Optiplex 330. I told PING to save both the System 100MB and C: (rest of 80GB drive) to a USB drive and to save NTFS details. It started, ran a few seconds, then shut down the PC. (Shutdown is the setting I used.) The PC THEN WOULD NOT BOOT. It said "Disk Read Error". I found it only wrote a few small files to the USB drive. I put the corrupt source drive in a USB adapter to look. I found it now has a 102MB raw partition, 74GB UNALLOCATED, and a 8GB raw healthy primary. I don't know if this was related to the hardware, the fact that I specified 2 partitions, that it was Win7, or something else. PING forums mentioned a few related items such as XP source corruption, that PING writes stuff to the source (maybe temp files?), and a mention of issues with certain Dell models. Does it really try to write to the source? Over the years, with other software, I have had a few bad images but never corrupted the source drive! (I am sure I selected the correct source and destination.)

Anyway, I think I should look for a safer free imaging solution for the non-profit I am supporting.

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since w9xx days i have used regcleaners like Microsofts Regclean,later toni arts Easycleaner:
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Since I don't know how you "lost" the program, I can't comment on what happened to your settings. As far as I can see, the program does not provide a way to export settings. Wish I could be more helpful but offhand I don't know where the program stores settings. A quick search of the Registry didn't reveal anything obvious.

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I'm a little confused here!
I tried this, loved it, sent a donation.
But one thing gets me; it seems this is a TSR program.
When I "lost" it from the taskbar, I started the program from the original install exe and found that all my settings had disappeared.
Is there any way to store my settings within the install program? Or can I export them to a file? Is there any way of overcoming this?
Thanks for an otherwise great program.

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Whatever operating system you run, it's a good idea to use some sort of AV software. For example, if someone gives you an infected Word document and you forward it to one of your customers, you'll never know until it's too late.

2 days 8 hours ago Free Antivirus - 2015 Version rob.schifreen

Indeed. And as I mentioned every time, all the software I ever write about here is checked with VirusTotal.

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yes truly portable.
I have dozens of copies in their own folders, for different categories of use by me.
I am 'a bit of an old woman' so I avoid running more than one of them at a time
I am a VB6 programmer, and I avoid dependencies (things that need installing), like the plague.
I don't use the Registry (use Settings.ini instead)
His program is written with VB6, and has no dependencies (no need to install). And I note he too has a Settings.ini in the Data sub folder.
Most of my programs do not need installing, but I am awed by the fact that he has achieved the same goal, with such a feature rich program.

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You have Virus Total where you can submit files or URLs to be scanned.

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Do any of you remember a website where you could upload a file and it would scan it with approximately 60 or s9 engines?



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Thanks crombierob for your suggestion "XYPlorerFree"
The features list at ... is a little overwhelming with a lot of in-house jargon, but I found the screen shots promising.

As a dinosaur from the last Ice age I find picture graphics very annoying (I am an AutoCad addin & Excel addin developer) -- I like simplicity (less bloat and more screen real estate).

I will give XYPlorerFree a trial and join the forum to clear up my critical needs that are only available in the PRO version ... regx searches, search for JPG file editable properties, content searches are crucial, and the big one "drives bar". The screen shots do not show a drives bar.
Hopefully my trial and XYP forum will clear up my concerns.

What I do LIKE is XYPs (promise of) portability ...
- I detest my registry being filled with "guff"
- if XYP is truly portable ... I am in ... makes image restoration so much easier.

When I have played with XYP for a while I will feed back here

2 days 20 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

In terms of speed I can only relate to the daily tasks I perform on a dual booted machine running Windows 7 and an Xfce based version of Linux. The most noticeable difference between the two systems is browsing and as this takes up a lot of my time I prefer to use Linux rather than Windows. No doubt I could close the gap somewhat by disabling my Windows antivirus and other security software but this is not something I would be comfortable doing, or recommend to other users.

Some others share the same experience.

If you wish to debate this further, please use the forum thread. MC - Site Manager.

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There is another great alternative out there called Polarity Browser. It is light on resources and very fast.

2 days 23 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Jorpho

Isn't this a bit one-sided? It reads less like "Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?" and more like "Why Linux Is Better Than Windows and You Should Have Moved Already."

Here's a good reason for sticking with Windows: what if I don't want to spend hours on end exploring the infinite number of different ways that "everything in Linux can be changed to suit your personal preference" ? What if I don't need that kind of fine-grained customization? Especially if the obscure combination of features I decide to look at happens to trigger some bug that wasn't adequately tested for and for which the developers (or the "community") has no particular interest in developing a proper fix? And even if said combination of features works, what if the developers have no interest in keeping it that way?

Also, I'd like to see your benchmarks for the statement "In general, most Linux systems run many times faster than Windows". (I hope you're not referring to boot times. I leave my computer on all the time and could not care less about boot times.)

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I ran a few papers through this, some with very low standards of written English, and it didn't do as well as Word in terms of spotting errors. Those it did spot, it explained better than Word does. It picked up no plagiarism; not clear exactly how it's testing for this.

I might suggest my students use this /after/ all their other proof-reading processes have been gone through just in case it picks something up, but it's certainly not something they should use on its own.

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I just installed Windows 10 Technical preview and it's good. You can use it too, no bugs nothing else, also many new things are here like Cortana, I'm updating to the latest build, excited now. :)

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Have a look at XAMPP.

3 days 4 hours ago Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely rob.schifreen

I specifically said "develop" for a good reason. I do not recommend hosting web sites on your own PC, for all sorts of reasons. Bandwidth and security to name just 2. But having a local web server during the development phase can be very useful.

Apologies for the confusion.

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Yes, Start Menu is not there, that's a problem.. but still, work gets done.

You can opt to boot straight to desktop, and after that, it's just like normal windows. I don't use apps at all.. what's the need when you have regular software for Windows.

What do you mean by modern UI?

I agree Windows 10 is an improvement over Windows 8, and people will like it.. and I too am looking forward to it. But, I personally did not face much problem while using Windows 8. I did miss the start menu though.

Windows 10 is not ready for regular use though, still a preview. Will be sometime before it is released for general use.

3 days 4 hours ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 AkramKhan

What's not in it? Modern ui, no Start menu, weird apps and slow charms bar. I'm beginner not advanced user, I think Windows 10 is for people like me. No charms bar, nice start menu with modern apps, no modern UI; simple and easy to use.

3 days 4 hours ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 Anupam

What do you find annoying in Windows 8?

3 days 6 hours ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 AkramKhan

These two windows versions are annoying, I'm now using Windows 10 technical preview and it's much better.

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DDoS can also be done openly from computers linked into some ISP who do not care enough to stop it. I have no solution does anyone. The result is your website slows to a crawl.

Furthermore, the map seems incomplete, for example, there is nothing about Germany, Israel and Australia there I noticed.

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Have you tried XYPlorerFree ?
Everyone should try it, as it is brilliant
Try out your other needs to see if it can handle them.
The Search is brilliant, and does not pre-index
That is the only feature disabled in the free version.


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The Master Commander website now comes up with something in Polish. Looks as though it could be finished?

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Thanks! I tried UNetbootin using a downloaded iso file for a Linux boot CD to create a bootable USB flash drive. It worked perfectly on the first try. During bootup I simply pressed F12 to get the boot options screen, selected to boot from the flash drive, and it booted right up. I didn't need to change the BIOS or make the flash drive active. My system is a Dell running Windows 7 Professional.

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What richtea said plus try WPS Office (formerly Kingsoft Office) which many regard as being a direct clone of MS Office. The Windows free version now comes with restrictions, but the Linux version does not. Chalet OS (link in article above) ships with this as standard. Try it using a live session to see how compatible it is for the operations you need to perform with it. MC - Site Manager.

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Cannot help you with 2., being oblivious of anything that starts with an i followed by a capital.

As for 1., the question is too general since there are a few suites. Let me consider Libre Office, which is by many rated the best: No, it is not fully compatible, but that is a feature, not a bug. It is compatible enough. Having dropped MS Office more than five years ago, I would not go back to this overblown piece of s...oftware. On Windows machines I use there is Libre Office only, and one of my business conditions is that all work be done in it, not MS Office.

In my experience, there are obvious incompatibilities in MS Office itself when switching between machines with Windows and OS X. The grief one gets is doubly annoying for it is unexpected.

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I hate it when they DDOS the Counter Strike servers.....makes me want to kill 'em :| It's a pretty nasty menace.

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Yet another good useful piece for us who are not so experienced at using PC. Love all these tips & helpful suggestions on this site please keep up the good work. Once again my thanks

4 days 5 hours ago Best Free File Manager bawldiggle

I gave up on free Explorer++ (and I had made two donations) after 3 years where navigation pane bug (reported by many to the developer) was never fixed. Navigation pane did not refresh when folder or files renamed, moved or deleted. I finally opted for .... a commercial file manager, that works.
- except its file-contents find is soooo sloooww and complex to setup each search.

I would like to replace another commercial files manager called "Windows Explorer" by Microsoft (also a commercial enterprise) with a file manager that I can ...
1. select a file or folder and add it to a favorites list on the file-manager UI, just like we could with commercial Windows XP. Default "Favourites" folder on commercial Windows Explorer is, for me absolutely useless, especially if I am at the bottom of the tree and have to scroll to the top to find default 'Favorites" folder

2. find file contents (anywhere in any drive NTSF/FAT32) without having to tweak settings to search in system folders , because Windows Explorer does not search an entire drive, without tweaking and then indexing slows PC performance considerably.
Free "Everything" finds absolutely anything, but it is not always convenient to open 'Everything" to do a file search

3. each drive displayed on the file manager UI to simply jump to different drives without having to collapse the navigation tree to find the drive.
With 6 drives on a PC selecting another drive (in WinExp) is antiquated.

Thank you :)
... just removed my tongue from cheek !

4 days 6 hours ago What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ bawldiggle

It's called dumbing down !
How do inexperienced PC users know what application/program to nominate when a strange file lacking an extension, does not open ?
They use the Windows default "Search the internet" dialog option, ensuring the commercial vultures get a good feed.

Unfortunately most ordinary users don't know much about files and what "drives" them.
M$ want users to be totally dependent on M$ -- rather than educate them.
Dummies are pliant people. They can be manipulated to believe anything.
Its a variation of .. the off shore scam of phone callers telling me they are from Microsoft and that my computer (Linux) has problems and for a fee they can fix it. ... BS!

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4 days 15 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

Links to a selection of DE's (desktop environments) are included in the article text. You can also see examples of these in static form from the distro links given (screenshot sections), the links included to our own screenshot forum pages, or in video format by searching Youtube.

I'm not into media editing so cannot advise from experience but Ubuntu Studio is targeted at this audience.

In any case, you can just as easily pick another distro and install your own suite of apps into it.

MC - Site Manager.

4 days 18 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? meadi8r

Thank you for the suggestion. However, from what I can see on their site, Hylafax is an enterprise fax program, but I see nothing about any ability to detect and record voice messages. The combination of fax and voice on one line is critical for me. If I overlooked something, I would appreciate it if you could direct me to the right place. Thank you.

4 days 19 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Hobo

I think I will take another look at this.
by MidnightCowboy on 27. January 2015 - 9:56 (120781) New

It helps if you include a link to your forum post and the replies it generated because otherwise no one is able to assist further. MC - Site Manager.

It's been several years now and I dont recall.

Be sure to download more than one DE type though so you can test out the different file managers for KDE, Xfce, MATE etc. MC - Site Manager.

I have no idea what all these abreviations mean LOL

On my windows system I use it mainly for family tree Images (30,000 so far) and video editing, filming and producing etc.
Audio editing creating cd/dvd etc.
No Gaming.
current systym win7 pro
intel quad cpu 8gb ram

Wich Linux would be good for the work I do ?

PS I have a shared drive with my wife.
One external for photos another external for Audio and backups.

4 days 20 hours ago What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ David Roper

We have a computer. We have files to use on it. Different kinds of files.

It is the most stupid decision that Microsoft ever did to drop seeing the extensions in Windows transactions using filenames.

I cannot say any more about it. I feel so strong about it. I kept it clean.

Yes, I see my extensions now because I checked a little box "hidden somewhere".

How about the "box" coming from the factory with the Extensions showing?

(off soap box now... Blood returning to heart and lungs)

4 days 21 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? mattpoll

So when it comes down to leaving Windows for Linux, I'm potentially a fan. It really comes down to two things:

1. Microsoft office. It's kind of a standard. Are the Linux Office Suites truly 100% compatible?

2. iTunes - Apple has never released it for Linux, which strikes me as strange since OS X is essentially a Linux Distro. What's the best way to manage one's iPhone or iPad via Linux?


4 days 22 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

A good video on switching to Linux:
Jupiter Broadcasting is going to continue this show this year, so subscribe and learn. Their regular weekly "Linux Action Show" can get a bit...involved.

4 days 22 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

I've put Lubuntu on 10-12 year old machines with less than that. It will run off the CD, but not install with the "new" installer. Use the alternate download with the old installer, and it loads fine. I've run SuperGrub (a Debian spin) on a PC with 256MB, then run Firefox on it (one tab at a time, and slowly). Puppy is another good OS choice, and runs well off a CD if you have no hard drive. Midori is a better browser if you have tired hardware.

At some point you just need to throw out your antique machine, if it's worth less than a month's internet service.

4 days 22 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? richtea

As for Ubuntu, there have been privacy issues due to how the Unity Dashboard works; this - - still exists. Admittedly, via System Settings, privacy and security can be adjusted so that any potential online snooping is eliminated. One would hope.

On the one hand, it is understandable that Ubuntu needs some revenue; on the other, it might be better if they just charged for their OS. It is definitely worth a reasonable amount of money.

4 days 23 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? richtea

ClamTK anti-virus may still be useful. I find that guys running some marginal browsers and/or standard browsers not properly tweaked for security will get suspicious items from time to time.

4 days 23 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? richtea

RAM is the make-or-break. Lubuntu does install on old machines with 1GB memory, but there may be occasional problems running it (e.g., multiple browser tabs with complex web pages = trouble). Doubtless with 2GB RAM it should be a breeze.

5 days 56 min ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

And the #1 reason people stay with Windows: Laziness! They don't want to fool with their PC or learn something new. Still, they put up with upgrades, not realizing that there are modern Linux distros that are more like XP or 7 than Windows 8 is.

The last reason to switch to Linux: a lot of "old" hardware will run on it, like scanners and printers. And it's 2 clicks to install, no hunting for the driver disks like in Windows.

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5 days 1 hour ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

Try Hylafax:

5 days 1 hour ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

"Misery loves company."

5 days 2 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? George.J

OpenSuse is my favorite of last year. Mint is my all time favorite.

5 days 2 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? meadi8r

For a variety of reasons,I need my computer to run a program which will accept one phone line, distinguish between types of calls, and either receive a fax or record and play back a voice message. I started years ago with WinFax. It stopped taking voice, so I switched to HotFax Message Center. The source stopped supporting that, so I have used FaxTalk Communicator. I am now running Windows 7 Professional.

In the past, when I have considered switching to Linux, I could not find a similar program using Linux. Is there now a similar program available that will run on a Linux Distro? Thank you.

5 days 2 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

OpenSUSE was the easiest install I've seen, Zorin was pretty good too. Deepin is reported to be simple too (looks pretty also). I always dual boot, even though I'll probably never use Windows again.

On many distros there are beginner forums that you can ask really basic questions and get a kind (if slightly condescending perhaps) answer. We were all noobs once.

You need to be specific, though, about your problem, what the result was, what you tried, and what hardware you are using. If you have a 32 bit system with a weird video card, 512MB memory, and a non-supported wifi card, you will be frustrated trying to install Ubuntu 64 bit.

On an old machine, you might find that Lubuntu 32 bit will run off the CD, but it won't install because the nice pretty installer won't run on low memory. But you can use the "altenate installer" (old one) for that.

5 days 3 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

I would just comment that some updates for Linux do require a system restart and they can also be quite hefty in number especially if you install an LTS at the point within its life cycle just before an updated disk is released. It is also worth mentioning that the antivirus programs available for Linux are only deigned to detect Windows malware in an attempt to prevent this from being passed to Windows users from a Linux machine. It is only the dedicated rootkit detectors such as chrootkit and RKHunter that are Linux system specific.

Linux distros ship with a firewall (iptables) as standard, as does Windows, although there are enhancements to this in terms of usability and features such as UFW/GUFW, Firestarter and others. Most Linux distributions now ship with one of these enhancements by default, but they might not be activated until so instructed by the user.

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5 days 4 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? pinman

I have been a Linux user for around 10 years, I have found that the best Distro that I have found is Pinguy Linux, which is basically a cross between Ubuntu, and Mint. The reasons for leaving Windows are mentioned more than once above, but these are my reasons for using Linux. the most important reason for using Linux is exactly the reason mentioned above "most people in the world use Windows", this in my opinion is the main reason for NOT using Windows. All malware is designed to catch out Windows users! If you have say 250 updates for Linux, it will take approx 20 minutes to download and install these updates, you will have that amount of updates after installing Linux for the first time, as when you download and burn an install disk, you will have a large amount of updates from when the Distro was made live (downloadable), until the time you later install it. Usually updates are from 1-10 in quantity, and take seconds to download and install. How long would 250 Windows updates take to download and install? Nobody can log into a Linux computer and alter the O/S, add anything or remove anything from it without your password. When you download an app, you only get that app, there will be nothing added to it.
There are no restarts when using Linux, and you can use your system as soon as your Computer is switched on and you log in, you do not have to wait while Windows updates. Updates are NOT obtained from the Internet as such, they are obtained from a sealed Linux repository. When your Distro is updated after 4 years, you simply upgrade and carry on, there is no system to buy, Linux O/S and updates are always free. The only downside of Linux that I have found is that last time I tried, you could not update a satnav using Linux, and my carcam can only be updated using Windows. Also a defunct Linux App,(and there are 50.000 official supported ones to try) can sometimes cause a problem to your updates, this is a small problem and temporary.
There is no reason to use ANY security software for Linux at all! If however you feel safer using some security on your Linux, Anti virus and Firewalls are available to download from the Linux repository.
Finally there is a version of Linux that will run on a 256MB camera card, so go on get yourself a used desk top pc from an auction site, £30-150, and put Linux on it, Linux will fly on old processors and 2-4GB of ram, compared to Windows.
I run a Linux computer club, and have converted all of my club members over to Linux, when my club members were using Windows, I had to sort out approx 12-20 security breaches a week for my club members, now I never have that problem, I just advise on which app is best for doing X Y or Z.