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25 min 43 sec 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)

Rob
PS Ditto for Partitioning, etc.

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1 hour 51 min 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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6 hours 16 min ago How to Clean An Infected Computer nearlycrazy

Hi.
Off and on the last 4 days I been following your how to fix.
It's just amazing the work that was put into this site to help people.

Thank you very much for being here and solving my issues.

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7 hours 17 min ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility jorgk3

I've just installed FFS 6.13 and I'm happy to report that no additional software was offered or installed. Great!

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8 hours 51 min ago Do we really need Windows registry cleaners? Maniac

..that`s a little bit stupid.if a Registry get`s screwed up,this is may a user fault,may the cleaner used is crap.Howeveer i`ve tested half a dozen of this sort tool-See my comment about best Regcleaner-.For a pc user who try`s out a lot of programs that comes with all the PC mag`s,it is inevitable to use a good Regcleaner.The Registry bloaths up more and more,for example, my Win XP Registry has 120MB of size.Several times i was forced by xp via:
..ther is not enough space for storage further Reg. Entrys...
And also a improper running system,caused by some installations can be cured.In my Opinion, for near a Decade there was an overemphasis on Systemspeed performance.

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10 hours 28 min ago Best Free Word Processor BabsHoxforth

I've found Ableword a reliable little program. www.ableword.net. Has lots of features and has been very reliable so far (been using it for a few months). It opens pdf files too.

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12 hours 37 min ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility v.laurie

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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15 hours 43 min ago Best Free Web Site Ripper chiappa

I tried a lot of these. Including Darcy Ripper, SiteSucker, Free download manager. But for me nothing seems to beat HTTrack. Although I've had some problems with it on command line with Linux.. but the HTTrack GUI for Windows has been more successful in some cases.

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17 hours 29 min ago Create Your Own Custom Windows Hotkeys with this Free Utility Duncan Clarke

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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17 hours 30 min ago Free Antivirus - 2015 Version rob.schifreen

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.

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17 hours 32 min 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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18 hours 8 min ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Elevator Saga - the elevator programming game:
http://play.elevatorsaga.com/

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18 hours 14 min ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

SWATd lets you configure 'sensors' that check your PC's external environment. When enough sensors 'fail', SWATd will run a script for you:
https://github.com/defuse/swatd

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18 hours 59 min ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Panzer

"... ZPlayer is a music player written in Java, because of this it can be run on any operating system that has a Java Virtual Machine installed (version 1.6.0 or higher).

Below, some of the features that this player supports:

- Native support for MPEG files Layer I, II and III (MP2, MP3), PCM Wave (WAV), Vorbis Ogg, Flac, MOD files (S3M, MTM, IT, XM, UMX, MO3), Dolby AC3, MID (with SF2 SoundBank support) and CDA;
- Support for Winamp2 plugins (only for Windows and Java of 32bits);
- Support to extended audio format (24/32bit / 7.1ch / 192Khz), in Windows with JNI DirectSound implementation, and Linux with JNI ALSA implementation;
- 16-bands equalizer;
- Sound effects such as bass redirect and wide stereo;
- Automatic matrix conversion between channels: Mono, Stereo, 4.0, 5.1 and 7.1;
- Anti-aliasing and interpolation in resampling audio to provide the best possible quality;
- Independent volume channels with redirect between them;
- Support for multiple languages;
- Support for developing plugins to support new audio formats;
- And an innovative skin, where the speaker vibrates according to the intensity of the bass ...":
https://sites.google.com/site/zankuroplayer/us

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20 hours 45 min ago Best Free File Manager crombierob

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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1 day 13 min ago Free Antivirus - 2015 Version jorgeem1717

You have Virus Total where you can submit files or URLs to be scanned. https://www.virustotal.com/

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1 day 2 hours ago Free Antivirus - 2015 Version audit2

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

THANKS

Robin

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1 day 4 hours ago Best Free File Manager bawldiggle

Thanks crombierob for your suggestion "XYPlorerFree"
The features list at http://www.xyplorer.com/features.php ... 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

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1 day 5 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.

http://www.quora.com/Why-does-Linux-seems-much-faster-than-Windows
http://www.techdrivein.com/2014/02/why-is-linux-faster-than-windows.html
http://blog.zorinaq.com/?e=74

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

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14871-windows-vs-l...

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1 day 6 hours ago Best Free Web Browser spiderpig168

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

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1 day 8 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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1 day 12 hours ago Quickly Check Any Document For Grammar, Plagiarism And More Marshal Anderson

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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1 day 12 hours ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 AkramKhan

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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1 day 13 hours ago Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely rob.schifreen

Have a look at XAMPP.

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1 day 13 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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1 day 13 hours ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 Anupam

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.

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1 day 13 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.

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1 day 13 hours ago Fast Way to Troubleshoot Problems in Windows 8 and 8.1 Anupam

What do you find annoying in Windows 8?

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1 day 15 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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1 day 18 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... HabitRPG is a video game to help you improve real life habits. It "gamifies" your life by turning all your tasks (habits, dailies, and to-dos) into little monsters you have to conquer. The better you are at this, the more you progress in the game. If you slip up in life, your character starts backsliding in the game ...":
https://habitrpg.com/

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1 day 18 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... libguestfs is a set of tools for accessing and modifying virtual machine (VM) disk images. You can use this for viewing and editing files inside guests, scripting changes to VMs, monitoring disk used/free statistics, creating guests, P2V, V2V, performing backups, cloning VMs, building VMs, formatting disks, resizing disks, and much more ... libguestfs can access almost any disk image imaginable. It can do it securely — without needing root and with multiple layers of defence against rogue disk images. It can access disk images on remote machines or on CDs/USB sticks. It can access proprietary systems like VMware and Hyper-V ...":
http://libguestfs.org/

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1 day 19 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Mango Blue is a fusion isometric platformer/point-'n'-click that supplies its own walkthroughs! Should be easy, right? You are Mango the Monkey (orangutan, really), making a break from this lab! ...Or are you? ...":
http://globalgamejam.org/2015/games/mango-blue

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1 day 22 hours ago Watch The World's Hackers, Live, On This Stunning Site bernardz

Fascinating.

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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2 days 1 hour ago Best Free File Manager crombierob

Have you tried XYPlorerFree ?
www.xyplorer.com/free.php
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.

Rob

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2 days 2 hours ago Best Free File Manager Pigman58

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

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2 days 2 hours ago A Free Utility that Creates Bootable USB Drives jmaloney

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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2 days 7 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

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.

http://www.wps.com/linux/

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2 days 7 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? richtea

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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2 days 12 hours ago Watch The World's Hackers, Live, On This Stunning Site George.J

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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2 days 12 hours ago What Every PC User Should Know about Windows File Extensions- FAQ toonpig

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

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2 days 14 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 !

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2 days 15 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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2 days 17 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

Tox:
http://ludum.mostlyoriginal.net/game/tox/

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2 days 18 hours ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

"... Pygments - a generic syntax highlighter suitable for use in code hosting, forums, wikis or other applications that need to prettify source code ...":
http://pygments.org/

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2 days 18 hours ago Best Free Web Browser Panzer

Airfox:
http://airfox.sourceforge.net/

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2 days 18 hours ago Best Free PC Games Panzer

"... Mecha Trigger is a new first person shooter with a twist: you type all of your commands to control your skyscraper-sized mech. Fight AI and in online multiplayer or compete worldwide in challenge modes. Fully deck out your mech to take on your foes. Oculus compatible ...":
http://www.kevinpauly.me/#!mecha-trigger/c19a7

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3 days 3 min 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.

http://ubuntustudio.org/

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

http://www.techdrivein.com/2013/09/top-5-video-editors-for-ubuntu-linux....

MC - Site Manager.

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3 days 3 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.

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3 days 4 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.

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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
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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 ?

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

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3 days 5 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)

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3 days 6 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?

Thanks,
Matt

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3 days 7 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

A good video on switching to Linux: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0gVZxQWlLOk
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.

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3 days 7 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.

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3 days 7 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 - https://fixubuntu.com/ - 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.

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3 days 8 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.

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3 days 8 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.

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3 days 9 hours 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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3 days 10 hours ago Best Free FTP Client toritran

i using filezilla, it were problem not connect servers, i try WinSCP, it auto seen config from filezilla, and notice me import. Very good, WinSCP ok.

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3 days 10 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

Try Hylafax: http://www.hylafax.org/content/Main_Page

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3 days 10 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

"Misery loves company."

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3 days 10 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.

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3 days 10 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.

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3 days 11 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.

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3 days 12 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.

http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1871177

MC - Site Manager.

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3 days 13 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.

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3 days 13 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? tweetiepooh

OK so I use UNIX at work so using Linux is less of an issue to me but we use it nearly exclusively at home and neither my wife nor children have had any problems at all barring some minor issues getting Google Earth working.

The main PC runs OpenSuse using KDE as a desktop. We have a couple of refurbished laptops running Mint Cinnamon. Both have a "start" menu accessed at bottom left that brings up a menu that for the most part is usable pretty much the same as Windows. Applications most used are Firefox and Thunderbird also same (pretty much) as Window. The children like to use Scratch and they are getting used to OpenOffice and Scribus.

Advantages to giving them Linux include security and safety. They can install stuff like Windows, it's less vulnerable to malware. It also just works. On the main PC Windows complains about hard disk drivers and won't install whereas Linux just sees the disks and off it goes. We are using refurbished, slightly older laptops and you can pick a distro best suited to both the hardware you are using and/or the purpose you want. So you can pick a "light" distro to run on really old equipment or something newer tuned to a purpose like music production.

There may be issues with how Linux filing works. There is no concept of C or D drives, everything gets mapped to one directory structure but since users mostly work in "My Documents" and that visually looks like Windows that can be a non-issue.

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3 days 14 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

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.

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3 days 14 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

As recommended in the article, why not download a couple of distros and try them out as a live session? Will not interfere with your installed Windows system and you can test how the file managers operate and a selection of programs to see if the these meet with your expectations, or not. :) 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.

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3 days 14 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk v.laurie

Only if you have a valid product key for Windows 7.

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3 days 14 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Hobo

I love to use LINUX have tried installing Ubuntu and Mint as well.
First of, there are so many distributions wich one is the best und most user friendly?
They all run perfect from the cd/dvd then when installink I usually get some type of an error that something I never heard of is missing. Dont know what to do next.
In the forum I got several pieces of advice bu that works fine if you understand the system.
My question still remains after years of trying. Is there a flawless install Linux out there that is simple and user friendly?

I usually have to end yp formating the drive and install windows again.
Linux does not have an option to revert the drive the way it was?

Still frustrated:-)
NEWBIE

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3 days 14 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? clas

maybe someone can answer this so i can make a decision to try or not to try linux. i am really used to windows explorer..the filing system. i use it all the time and its easy and simple for me. i really dont want to have to "go to school" and learn a radically new system for my "stuff"
so is linux about the same as a filing system or what?

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3 days 16 hours ago Best Free Operating System For Kids Panzer

"... The ubermix is an all-free, specially built, Linux-based operating system designed from the ground up with the needs of education in mind. Built by educators with an eye towards student and teacher empowerment, ubermix takes all the complexity out of student devices by making them as reliable and easy-to-use as a cell phone, without sacrificing the power and capabilities of a full operating system. With a turn-key, 5 minute installation, 20 second quick recovery mechanism, and more than 60 free applications pre-installed, ubermix turns whatever hardware you have into a powerful device for learning ...":
http://www.ubermix.org/

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3 days 18 hours ago How to get a free legal copy of a Windows 7 installation disk kirsty72

Can I use this to upgrade from Vista 32-bit?

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4 days 48 min ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

The main reason why I changed was stress. I just found Windows stressful to use. There always seemed to be something swallowing up my time with updates. Half the time program updates did not complete properly using Secunia so I had to download them from somewhere else and install manually. I even lost a complete system when in “Windows is installing updates do not switch of your computer” mode we had a power cut. Maybe it was recoverable but I couldn't work out how. :)

Also, having to check out the large number of dodgy links posted on our site, there was a constant fear of infection.

The overall speed using Linux is also far greater, especially with anything web related, and with Linux I don’t have security software grinding my speed down checking downloads, links and the content of USB drives.

Lastly, I like to customize my desktop to achieve an individual look. This is only partially possible using free software for Windows. To get anything worthwhile you have to pay, plus many of the free offerings are riddled with PUP’s and malware. MC - Site Manager.

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4 days 1 hour ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update v.laurie

The updates you mention were already posted http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-microsoft-windows-security-... and then http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/free-microsoft-windows-security-...

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4 days 2 hours ago Powerful Free Microsoft Security Tool EMET Now in Version 4.1 Update AJNorth

EMET has been updated twice since this article was published; the current version is 5.1, released 2014.11.10 - https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=43714 (a user manual is available, along with the application).

Still very highly recommended (if not essential).

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4 days 2 hours ago How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows v.laurie

Thanks for telling us about this. It is becoming all too common for developers to bundle utilities with unwanted stuff. A note has been added to the article.

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4 days 4 hours ago How to Reveal Your Windows Product Key in All Current Versions of Windows chi-stan

I found the following on another forum. The post was dated 11/23/14.
"I do not often comment on Forums, but as I used this forum yesterday along with the above program to find my Windows 7 Product Key, I wanted to share my experiences in hopes of warning others. While the magicaljellybean keyfinder program did find my product immediately on install without me having to do anything. However, with the download also came a very unwanted program called TuneUp Utilities, which may be an AVG product, but I'm not sure. There was no notice on the website that the TuneUp program was also part of the download. This program would not uninstall and I couldn't stop it process from running. More worrying was that it messed with my Norton AntiVirus program and I was really scared that in solving one problem, I let a monster out of the bag. I eventually had to resort to editing the registry, something I do NOT like to do, but after hundreds of deletes I got most of it. Please be careful!"
Source: http://www.tomshardware.com/answers/id-1819949/find-windows-product-key....

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

Can recommend Linux Mint, the main edition. Used it full-time for about three years, but then job forced me to use Windows. I still keep a copy of Mint on my desktop and laptop PCs, double-booting with Windows 7. Why? Mainly in case some drastic malware attaches itself to my PC - I can (presumably) boot Mint and repair some of the damage. Also, if I need a more secure computing environment, I can boot Mint. But when all these reasons are said and done, I just enjoy being in Mint on occasion, for a computing environment that feels less distracting, more quiet. more secure. A shame that any unique apps that might make Linux attractive will immediately be translated to Windows.

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4 days 10 hours ago Finds of the Week (One Click Windows 8 Restore Point, Mars News, Magic Tricks, Futurism) rhiannon

It works fine on my Windows 8.1. :)

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4 days 11 hours ago How to Remove Ads, Wasted Page Space and Annoying Content Lassar

I know that using easylist without element hiding reduces the memory used in ADP.

Is it possible to reduce the number of rules in the easylist to about 200 rules?

And use a host file to block the rest of the ads.

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4 days 12 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? AntonMagus

If your employer makes the corporate decision to go with Microsoft Windows/Microsoft Office, as so many companies do, then it is not realistic to use Linux on your home PC. Switching between Microsoft Office and Open Office just adds to the individual's learning curve.

Secondly most hardware manufacturers focus their support on Windows. When support ended for XP I tried Ubuntu but I couldn't get my scanner to work. I then made the upgrade to Windows 8.1 and had no problem finding an updated scanner driver on the manufacturer's website. Also, for me, Windows 8.1 works well. Its very stable and was not difficult to adapt to from XP.

I appreciate that Linux and a whole bunch of software is available at no cost or very low cost compared with Windows and Windows software, but in my case my employer buys it for me and it all works well. There is just no incentive for me to change and I think there are a great many people who feel the same.

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4 days 12 hours ago Best Free Office Suite RCHamilt

To stop WPS from opening their templates link on startup, go to File>Tools>Options. Under the General and Save section, there is a selection to "Start With" (either the Home Page or a New Document) at the bottom. Select New Document and their Home Page won't open any more.

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4 days 12 hours ago Finds of the Week (One Click Windows 8 Restore Point, Mars News, Magic Tricks, Futurism) camile

the critical point is:

Does "Create a System Restore Point in 1-click with Quick Restore Point Maker" work with w8.1??????????????

Yours sincerely

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4 days 13 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Pattern-chaser

The main reason to stick with Windows is commonality. EVERYONE uses Windows, with all of the user-benefits that commonality brings. That's not to say Windows is the best, of course. ;-)

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4 days 14 hours ago Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely SwanKnight

The title is a bit misleading; the term "Develop" suggest the article is about some sort of web development IDE or suite.

I suggest using "Host" instead of "Develop" (for the title).

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

I'll rephrase them more focus on Linux.

The vast majority of home computer users:
1. don't see desktop Linux running anywhere.
2. either don't know that Linux exists, what it is, or if it is even an alternative to desktop Windows.
3. don't know anyone who will support a Linux system for free. Most people don't pay anything for home computer support. They are supported by family and friends. As nobody they know uses Linux, they don't know who to turn to when they have a problem with it so they won't choose it.

Those three reasons reflect most end-users "buying" decisions as people often buy technology in a non-technical manner. Their concerns are less technical and more social and they are quite conservative too. This means that the underlying technology is largely irrelevant. That's why, for example, for gaming consoles there are social groups who all have Wii consoles, others have Xbox consoles, and others that all have PlayStations. That's how my kids choose, they see what their friends are doing and using. Until Linux captures social interest then it is unlikely to become markedly more widely adopted.

I'm keen for something that works better for less technical end-users. The uncertainty and confusion surrounding the use of Linux could be reduced for many of them by, for example, providing a few standard configurations with simple and complete instructions. Users could adopt them with confidence because they are proven to work on a wide range of computers and provide a relatively seamless transition from Windows.

I have seen attempts to do this in the past but they failed because of the vagaries in continuity and consistency of the Linux distros, lack of commitment to do something that receives less kudos than producing a new distro, and the lack of a means to get the information to enough people who would benefit from it.

The perceived risks for most home users are much more than the technical issue of dual-booting so a solution would need to be a great deal more than a dual-booting guide. Likewise referrals to support forums are a surefire way to deter most people I know. Isn't it true that most people who raise issues in the comments never move onto our support forums?

A more complete commitment to free software might see this site champion the adoption of Linux. Perhaps by working with existing groups/sites. We do reach lots of home users, can maybe sustain the commitment to develop some simple options, and might be able to support two or three specific solutions.

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

I'm not sure I understand all of what you are trying to say.

I thought I'd covered item 1. and part of item 2. with "Influence exerted by Microsoft".

There are other reasons of course why Linux will never bypass Windows in terms of user numbers, but the gap would be considerably less if Linux had the same marketing budget as Microsoft.

The second part of item 2.is only partially correct and depends on your geographical location. Here in Brazil for instance there are more Linux PC's available from leading suppliers than those installed with Windows. Windows use here is also mostly pirated with a street sold Windows 7 disk that will update and run as an original costing just $5.

Maybe I'm having a slower day than usual :) but I'm not sure I understand point 3. either. I know of no one who provides free support for either Windows OS or Windows software, they all charge. In terms of forums there are of course plenty for both OS's where users can receive support for both system and software issues. The advantage of Linux though is the speed at which major issues get resolved when compared to Windows. There is also far less likely hood that a third party program will trash large numbers of machines as happened for example with Regseeker, Avast! and Bitdefender.

The only risk for Windows users is getting past the dual boot stage and with so many dedicated tutorials online this risk is minimal and should be covered by a Windows backup image anyway. Thereafter they can play all day with Linux v Windows and over time decide if they want to keep their dual boot, change to Linux completely or stick with Windows.

Those Linux users here always try to provide support via the forum whenever it is asked for. Possibly this article will generate more demand in which case we will try our best to service it. I don't think at this point though there is cause to move into more detailed support until we see the need for it. Most Linux users will post in the dedicated forum for their chosen distro and this is usually the best place to go. MC - Site Manager.

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

MC, you've missed out some of "the main reasons why Windows users stay put":

1. Windows is the dominant desktop operating system (80-90% market share whereas Linux has a tiny footprint (the largest in the remaining 3% or so) so most users have never seen Linux in use. What makes it worse is that many users who see a Linux computer will not even realize that it is not Windows.

2. Most users don't know that Linux either exists or is an alternative to Windows. They never see an advertisement for Linux and they never see Linux computers in the shops. So it is no surprise to find that people won't think of it if you ask them for alternatives to Windows.

3. Not many home users know someone who provides free Linux support. Free software without free support is too risky for most people.

This site works so well because it provides access to both free software and free support. Maybe we should provide more prominent and detailed support specifically to ease the transition Linux for home users. Linux is so popular here that it might be very successful.

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5 days 24 min ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

There are Linux distros that are optimized for pretty much anything from multimedia to system recovery and security testing, or you can take a basic distro and so customize it yourself. Here are a few examples of what is available off the shelf.

http://live.linux-gamers.net/
http://ultimateedition.info/ultimate-edition/ultimate-edition-gamers/
http://linux.softpedia.com/get/System/Operating-Systems/Linux-Distributi...
http://zoringroup.com/blog/2014/03/20/zorin-os-8-gaming-is-here-and-its-...
http://store.steampowered.com/livingroom/SteamOS/
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-great-linux-media-cente-distributions-tra...

Also, if you go to the DistroWatch site and click "search" from their top menu, you can select distros by category such as gaming, multimedia, forensics etc. There are also other filters such as for desktop environments.

http://distrowatch.com/search.php

DE choice is mostly a matter of personal preference. KDE in general will mostly be a little slower than something running Xfce, but then KDE offers more bells and whistles for stuff like desktop effects, if this is important to you. Cinnamon is also great for aesthetics but is in heavy development and there can be some issues, depending on your hardware mix.

One other thing I would suggest is to surf a couple of forums relating to a particular distro before deciding whether to install it or not. This way you can see the issues being reported for it and decide if these are something you can cope with. If not, there are plenty of others to try and choose from. :)
MC - Site Manager.

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5 days 44 min ago Best Free Office Suite MidnightCowboy

What you say is true but the free version is now restricted, or a some users see it, crippled. See details about these restrictions in our forum thread. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/home-office-and-productiv...

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5 days 7 hours ago Finds of the Week (One Click Windows 8 Restore Point, Mars News, Magic Tricks, Futurism) poorjim

Jojo Yee - Thank you for your help.

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5 days 9 hours ago Best Free Office Suite hawk40

Hi, I've been a user of Kingsoft Office for a few years and agree it's the closest to MS office but reading some comments here about the new upgrade, "WPS Office 2014" being a paid only is not so. I upgraded but theres still a free version called 'WPS Office 2014' and a paid one. I have 2014 and it's free.

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5 days 11 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? RecklessMaverick

Excellent article! Thank you. Just one question....

Aside from aesthetics and personal preferences is there any IMPORTANT differences that should influence a newbies choice of distros and DEs? For example: are any of them optimized for specific purposes such as gaming, Photoshopping and high definition content streaming or overly simplified for newbies and basic internet and email type usage?

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5 days 15 hours ago The Big Windows 10 Reveal. Holograms Included. MidnightCowboy

The off topic comments that were posted here related to Linux have now been moved to a forum thread where the discussion can continue.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/system/14871-windows-vs-l...

An article has also been published in response to a request made in these comments.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/content/moving-windows-linux-right-choic...

The original comments have been copied into the forum thread linked above.

With thanks to those members who have participated so far. MC - Site Manager.

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5 days 18 hours ago Need To Browse The Characters In A Font? Here's How. tommyzulu

The fonts you refer to are called "fixed width fonts" because each character takes up the same amount of line width.
You can Google search for fixed width fonts and find lots of info.
There are plenty of free fonts out there...
Here's one list to start with

http://www.dafont.com/theme.php?cat=503

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6 days 24 min ago Finds of the Week (One Click Windows 8 Restore Point, Mars News, Magic Tricks, Futurism) Jojo Yee

In Windows' File Explorer, right-click "This PC" and select "Properties",
then click "System protection" and "System Restore".

OR:
In Control Panel, click "System And Security", then click "System",
select "System protection" then click "System Restore".

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6 days 29 min ago Need To Browse The Characters In A Font? Here's How. David Roper

Sure would be nice to know some other Fixed size fonts to use in Batch files besides the usual Courier and Courier New. I like writing Batch files and, of course, they need to be fixed size to line up stuff. Enjoyed the CHARMAP tip.

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6 days 4 hours ago Best Free Folder Synchronization Utility Seb

I tried Allway Sync a few years ago and found that it strewed database files all over my hard disk. As a means of keeping track of files in each folder and helping to manage collisions etc it creates a database of all the files, dates etc and stores this database file in each folder.

At the time I decided I didn't want that so I didn't use the software. I am interested to know if it still works in this way.

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6 days 6 hours ago Develop Web Sites On Your Own PC Easily And Safely MrDog

I use XAMPP on Windows and have done for quite a few years. Works well and I wonder what advantage this has. There is I believe a Linux version called LAMPP?

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