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7 weeks 13 hours ago Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services The_Blode

I wrote this article 5 years ago and it's not changed all that much since it was written back when I was in University. It definitely needs a refresh. I'm willing to take this article on again if given the opportunity.

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7 weeks 18 hours ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist George.J

Agree with that. uBlock is much lighter than the bloated AdBlock Plus and faster.

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Calculator DavidFB

Looks like a good one. Thanks

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Calculator DavidFB

Win8 apps like the calculator are lame when mousing and they take over the whole screen. Not handy if working on a spreadsheet, etc. Hence my seeking a desktop calc.

I saw some references to getting the Win7 calc to work in other OS's but a simpler option is the free MS Calculator Plus.

http://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/download/confirmation.aspx?id=21622

You may want to shift the lame modern look to "Classic View" in the View menu.

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7 weeks 1 day ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist magoo304

WOW it is amazing how LONG the "non-intrusive advertising" list is.
Thanks Gizmo for the tip.
Keep up the GREAT work!!!!

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7 weeks 1 day ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Miss Souza

Thanks Bo for your swift response.

Unfortunately the adwcleaner requires me to download & I need administrator priveleges - so can't use it.

Even the ESET virus scan (though on-line) initially requires that I have administrator priveleges to download an active-x control - as stated in the help below:

"Need assistance with ESET Online Scanner?
ActiveX controls are programs that use Microsoft's architecture for running applications through Internet Explorer. The ESET Online Scanner is implemented as an ActiveX control, which means you must first download and install it before the program can be run through the web browser. To install or uninstall the ESET Online Scanner ActiveX control, you must have Administrator privileges"

Any other ideas? - I really appreciate your help

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7 weeks 1 day ago Try Playing With This Great Image Clipping Service MidnightCowboy

Please post support requests here in our forum. MC - Site Manager.

http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/

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7 weeks 1 day ago Try Playing With This Great Image Clipping Service geisha6567

I am very new to Gismo. Do you have a support feature .

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7 weeks 1 day ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh Chaturanger

TeamViewer is great but AnyDesk (same TeamViewer programmers) is better. I recently switched from TeamViewer to AnyDesk. No regrets. In facts, AnyDesk is a TeamViewer improved.

Just try and you will switch.

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7 weeks 2 days ago What Else Have You Just Downloaded? johnvk

I posted a reply in the forums "MD5 checksums for reviewed software" [not letting me post link--you'll have to look it up :(

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software brunetu

Thank you!

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software brunetu

Thank you!

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free CD-DVD Burning Software brunetu

I think out of 10,000 people, only one might turn out to need one of the advanced edit features that ImgBurn has to offer. Although I appreciate it being standalone (not dependent on .NET Framework) and light / fast (the simpler, more responsive interface), I think the drawback that the interface isn't that intuitive, in fact even cumbersome, and that it leaves room for errors from users that are not that technical (the other 9,999 people...) is what matters more. So, I and most people would use CDBurnerXP (or BurnAware Free), which beat even many commercial software I've seen in terms of usability, stability, and so on, and even come (very?) close to the reliability / stability of ImgBurn.

And don't forget, everyone, it is better to burn discs at lower speeds (I would recommend half the speed advertised on the disc), especially with discs of whose quality you are unsure of. The more the sensitivity of the data (the more you care about it), the slower the speed you should choose.

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7 weeks 2 days ago What Else Have You Just Downloaded? Remah

I agree that MD5 checksums would be useful but I don't think it is feasible for us. As you are clearly aware, the minimum cost for us will be having to calculate and confirm checksums which we don't currently do. But the main issue will be that most of the downloads linked from our site are for software that changes quite regularly, much as frequently as once a week, so we would have lot of software where the checksums don't match. This applies to such popular categories as anti-virus and other security products, web browsers, system utilities (e.g. CCleaner), etc.

So to keep the MD5's and downloads consistent we would need a process - automated to be effective - to maintain the reliability of the article information for the latest version of the downloadable software. Here's an example:
1. Monitor the download link page to alert us to a change.
2. Determine if the page change is a new version of the software. If not, stop.
3. Acquire the latest version number, download size, and checksum.
4. Update the product details in our database.

Even if we did this, a further step would also need to be added to step 3 to bring the benefit you desire. We would have to install the new version and check that there hasn't been a change to the bundling.

[Edited to correct spelling]

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Online Applications and Services brunetu

www.ClipConverter.cc/ is a better alternative to KeepVid for YouTube, Vimeo, etc. downloading, as of lately. No need for Java or other plugins, works with 1080p, is simpler to use, supports more video services, and has no ads that I could notice, or they must be completely unobtrusive. I say definitely replace KeepVid as the recommendation with this one!

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7 weeks 2 days ago How to Make a Folder File List from the Windows Right-Click Context Menu drbb01

I have read a number of posts on the web that describe this tip for printing directory lists. However, it is the only one (including the Microsoft Fixit link) that points out that the list will automatically be printed to the default printer. I learned this the hard way after I installed the Fixit with the intention of printing the list to a PDF file. I assumed—incorrectly—that I would be offered the option to select the printer. Instead, when I clicked on the "Print Directory Listing" command in the context menu of a particularly long folder directory, the listing went directly to my default printer, resulting in a waste of many sheets of paper and ink.

If only this simple information Vic included here had appeared in any of the other articles on the web I read earlier—or if I had checked TechSupportAlert earlier—I could have avoided an unnecessary waste of much paper and ink. Good job, Vic!

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7 weeks 2 days ago What Else Have You Just Downloaded? johnvk

Nice article MidnightCowboy.

I got here linked from the comments in Best Free Partition Management Software. In those comments is an extremely good example of just how sneaky these software providers are, and just how easy it is to get tricked if you're not completely vigilant.

Always use custom install!

I would like to add that like Umberto requested in the forums "md5 checksums for reviewed software" i would also like to request that MD5 checksums be provided for software recommended here at Gizmo's.

It is not a perfect solution. Perhaps by the time you come to download, there is a newer version that has not yet been reviewed--wont help this situation.

But it WILL prevent the exact situation that happened with that EASEUS partition program. That was the SAME version that was re-packaged with bundled software and listed on the same download page that Gizmo's linked to. Note that in this case the MD5 hash on the software author's download page will not help this situation.

I don't really think it's too much trouble for reviewers, tho i do appreciate their contribution so much it is hard to ask for something else from them. But it would be so nice to know when downloading a program that it is the EXACT version reviewed by the reviewer. That would give me piece of mind.

I would also like to note for newcomers that many antivirus programs come with the option to search for euphemistically named "Potentially Unwanted Software" or PUP for short. Most if not all of these bundled software programs are in that category. I will just say that the "potential" that you "unwant" these programs is very, very high ;)

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7 weeks 2 days ago Google Earth Pro Now Free (Was $399) abrandt

Appreciate this POST and the following COMMENTS... and any logistic updates ASAP!

Thank you,
~ Alan
Here are (2) additional articles I've found to learn more about Google Earth Pro FREE:

- 4 Things You Didn’t Know You Could Do With Google Earth Pro
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/4-things-didnt-know-google-earth-pro/

- 5 More Cool Things You Can Do With Google Earth
http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/5-cool-google-earth/

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7 weeks 2 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist FlyingTiger33

run IE9 and I tried the instruction for IE 11 but I don't have anything on the status bar except zoom so it's impossible to implement in IE9.

I would like to know how some of the respondits who say they installed it in IE9 did so.

Does anyone know if uBlock is being developed for IE?

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover bo.elam

Hi Miss Souza, you can try ESET Online virus scan. If you run it using Internet Explorer, it will run in the browser. The spam filter in this site blocks the link for it when I post it. Search for the webpage using Google and click the link on the left side. Good luck.

You can also try this tool. Try it first.
http://www.majorgeeks.com/files/details/adwcleaner.html

Bo

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7 weeks 2 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist Linuxser

uBlock is the way to go

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7 weeks 2 days ago Best Free Spyware And Adware Remover Miss Souza

All four of the suggested software tools for removal of adware/spyware in your selection guide require installation on your computer "Runs as a stand-alone program on a user's computer". I am travelling, have picked up an adware infection that keeps popping up on my computer but I don't have my admin password & ID with me. Is there a tool that I can connect to on-line that scans & will remove it without me needing to install anything as I cant at the moment?

thanks

THis is what Sophos says about the threat

Virus Name: McAfeeGW: Heuristic.BehavesLike.VBS.Exploit.A
File Name: set_inf2.php
Filter Name: HTML Filter

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7 weeks 2 days ago Try This Really Flexible Screen Shot Tool djbohn

Thanks for the tip crombierob. It never occurred to me to search for an mht extension. Looks better than pdf, and pickpic et al sometimes stop during scrolling.
To get a complete page with all links/images etc. for use on Mars, web harvest the sucker.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh drjeffrey

I too am a huge Teamviewer fan, I have been using it for years.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Use this Free Program to Create Great Flowcharts and Diagrams George

Yes, yEd supports export to the following formats:
- .bmp
- .emf
- .eps
- .gif
- .html
- .jpg
- .pdf

Why don't you download it and give it a test drive?

Best regards,
George

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh fred64

I'm a TeamViewer fan -- bigtime. Its helped me out in so many ways that would be impossible with other products. It runs on all Windows versions, Mac, Linux, iPhone/iPad, Android, and BlackBerry systems and you can connect across platforms.

Their website provides a two click "instant download" that even the difficult folks who call me for help can navigate using my verbal or text instructions.

I can copy and paste text, files, pictures between systems (and platforms) using its file manager or the clipboard. I can also access remote cloud drives (dropbox, mozy, spideroak, etc.) and print remote docs locally.

For other applications it can run as a service for unattended access, it can also provide a concurrent or standalone VPN channel and it can be used for meetings.

My only trick for you is to set the remote team viewer to run as administrator on windows systems, otherwise you can get stuck if you initiate any security pop ups.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh vandamme

TeamViewer is cross-platform and works on Linux. I've also used Remmina. It doesn't have as many features but it's open source.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Use this Free Program to Create Great Flowcharts and Diagrams trcmf

I haven't tried this software yet because there is a feature that is needed before I waste anymore time experimenting with software. I have spent days looking for the right software with all the features.

Does this software have the ability to export a flowchart as a webpage?

Thanks in advance.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh VirtualCharlie

Chrome Remote Desktop App is my current favorite remote desktop. Chrome Remote Desktop is cross platform so long as everyone has Chrome.Chrome Remote Desktop is also Android friendly. CRD requires some handshaking while both parties are otherwise communicating. I consider this a good security feature.
I also use Google Voice for a hands-free and no minutes charged experience.
https://chrome.google.com/webstore/search/remote%20desktop
Charlie

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7 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer Anupam

Yes, not opening here too.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Best Free Music Player and Organizer caktus

The link doesn't seem to be working. Tried with IE, FF and K-Meleon. Even links on Googled sites don't seem to work.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh CB

Unless I've missed something, RDC requires one of the computers to be Pro or better. Connecting Home Premium to another Home Premium is not possible. TeamViewer has no such restrictions, is lightweight, fast, rock solid, and has the ability to operate on LAN only (e.g. your home network) if desired.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh rob.schifreen

Teamviewer has the advantage that it works with all versions of Windows. You can only use RDC to connect into a PC if you're running the Pro or Enterprise or Ultimate versions. If you have home/starter etc, it won't work and you'll need to use something like Teamviewer instead.

There are other differences too, such as around the level of security required to gain access (and thus the level of security you need to give the remote caller). You'd certainly need to consider the security implications before allowing RDC connections through your firewall.

If teamviewer works for you, then stick with it.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh robmets

I too have been using Teamviewer for a while, is there any advantage of this over it?

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh harrym

Exactly the same as apples to oranges.

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7 weeks 3 days ago Favourite Windows Remote Desktop Manager Gets A Refresh pulsar02

I have been using Teamviewer happily for years, how do they compare?

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7 weeks 3 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback MidnightCowboy

The adds are provided by Google so we have no control over what is shown. MC - Site Manager.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Site Suggestions and Feedback lisawho2u

I notice a big ad for mackeeper on your home page - mackeeper is responsible for the most annoying malware! I don't know if it's a virus but it causes relentless, pop-ups and is very difficult to remove. It has rendered one of my macbook airs unusable for the moment. I can't imagine how they convinced a legitimate site like yours to promote them!
Mac users, watch out for MacKeeper!

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7 weeks 4 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? br1anstorm

I have tried both LXLE and Linux Lite (see http://www.linuxliteos.com/linuxlite.html) on one of my older less powerful laptops. Both seemed pretty good.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? eikelein

@br1anstorm:
Thanks for the elaborate clarification.

I am in a vaguely similar situation, I am looking for a low resource and appealing Linux distro that my typical customer can use without a steep learning curve. And I believe yesterday I found the first candidate, LXLE (http://lxle.net/).

I still want to try two other potential candidates. Looks good so far.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist classicggma65

Have Win7 with IE9 & Firefox...just changed both following above directions with no problems. Thanks for the info. Always wondered why a few ads kept coming through.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? br1anstorm

eikelein - I realise you are seeking to clarify things and perhaps reassure me. I was indeed thinking largely of the metro/touchscreen features of Win8.

I'm not being partisan, nor am I biased for or against either Windows or Linux. My situation is essentially this: I am an XP user, just about willing to use Win7 on my most recent laptop, but basically no longer keen to be tied to Windows because I am unenthusiastic about (a) the cost of moving to Win8 and beyond; (b) some of the newer features of Win8 - like Metro; and (c) the continuing headache that comes with Windows over security and the need for antivirus software etc.

I am not so dogmatic as to believe that the Linux alternative(s) are perfect or trouble-free. But on my limited experience so far, I am finding some Linux distros easy to adjust to, very attractive in terms of visual appeal and performance, and surprisingly versatile (there are few Windows software programmes I use which don't have an equally capable Linux counterpart).

Like others, I think I am likely to continue to run with both Windows and Linux OSs, either dual boot or on separate machines, until I am ready to make a final transition.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist v.laurie

I don't have a copy of IE9 to look at but the procedure is likely to be similar to that for IE11. Maybe someone with IE9 can verify.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist HisSon

Yep! ublock doesn't support Internet Explorer. Thank you jonbourne for that qualification.

I use Adblock Plus with IE9. Is there a way to make it work with 9? When I first started using it, it made my browser loading much faster but I would be interested in making it work for the reasons this tip was posted.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist jonbourne

Agreed. There's absolutely no reason to not use uBlock. It's available for FF & Chrome.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Program Uninstaller jorgeem1717

Hi MidnightCowboy...

Thanks for the comment. I was not aware of that issue. I have used IObit Uninstaller for more than 2 years with excellent results and no issues so far. Maybe you should try posting IObit Uninstaller again. I'm sure that you might not have that issue again. IObit's Uninstaller is really an excellent tool and GIZMO'S readers should have info and access to IObit's software.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist x4rgon

Stopped using ADBLOCK (plus or non plus) a while ago - uBLOCK - way to go !

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7 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Program Uninstaller MidnightCowboy

The IObit product was removed some time ago due to their persistently spamming this site. I am only acting as caretaker for this category so nothing will be radically changed, or added, until someone volunteers to take it over. MC - Site Manager.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Windows Desktop Software - Editors Choice Selection angleco

It would appear that WPS Office has changed from from to a subscription model as of December, 2014. The free version is still available at ksoft.com

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7 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Startup Manager jorgeem1717

You should look at Glarysoft's Quick Startup. It quite easy and simple to use and has a nice GUI also.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Program Uninstaller jorgeem1717

What happened to IObit Uninstaller? Why isn't it even mentioned? REVO is a very good uninstaller but it will not uninstall 64 bit software unless you use the paid version while IObit, I find, is better removing "left over" files and registry input from the uninstalled program and I'm talking about the FREE IObit Uninstaller. I also use GEEK Uninstaller which I consider to be better than REVO.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up v.laurie

Unfortunately, we can't give this type of individual support in the comments. If you post your problem in the forum at http://www.techsupportalert.com/freeware-forum/general-computer-support/, there will be knowledgeable people to help you.

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Block Ads on Adblock Plus Paid Whitelist atomMan

as x4rgon said - uBlock is, by far, superior to Adblock Plus or Adblock Edge (the latter of which does not allow ads by default) - uBlock doesn't slow browser loading and can block images and 1st and 3rd party JS globally or per domain

https://github.com/gorhill/uBlock

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7 weeks 4 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? George.J

The article was meant to give the readers a message "There are options out there especially for free".

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7 weeks 4 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? George.J

I hope the site still had the "Up vote" button [atleast for the registered users] because this comment deserves it. :)

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7 weeks 4 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

mhddfs - the driver combines several mount points into the single one:
http://svn.uvw.ru/mhddfs/trunk/README
http://mhddfs.uvw.ru/downloads/

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7 weeks 4 days ago How to Fix a Computer that Keeps Waking Up mman.jordan

So when I go into my network adapter properties I disable the permission to start computer and I click okay. Then if i go back in the boy is checked again. But when I change something else it sticks. How do I disable it and not have it enable itself?

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

My machines are also dual booted with Windows 7 although Windows only takes up about 5% of my uptime.

A note too about wallpaper since this has been mentioned in other comments. For the thousands of folks who got Win 7 Starter with their notebooks, it is necessary to either hack the registry (never recommended) or install a third party program in order to change the default background. This type of restriction cum lower class status imposed by Microsoft is one that bugs me a lot, as does the supposed elevated status of Ultimate when the majority I know running this never use the additional features. MC - Site Manager.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Jojo Yee

Me too. For every PC that I use, I turn it to a dual boot machine and get the best of the two worlds.

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7 weeks 4 days ago Best Free PDF Writer Software BG Davis

Try free program "FastStone Image Viewer." It is actually a viewer AND converter/editor.

You can Save (Ctrl-S) to various formats including PDF. There is also a bulk processing option (Batch Convert). I use this all the time. Works great.

This is also excellent for many editing functions.

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7 weeks 5 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? eikelein

@Zebedeeboss

Thank you very much kind sir, much appreciated.

Daytime high temp today +5º F (-15º C). No complaints though, that's living in Wisconsin.

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7 weeks 5 days ago How to Convert PDF Files to Word Doc Files for Free anne-ology

Sure glad to know about this - just uploaded 2 files; looking forward to receiving them out of PDF.

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7 weeks 5 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Zebedeeboss

@eikelein

These are purely my choice as the ones that gave me least trouble installing and configuring to my needs. The fact that they needed minimal configuration make them my current working installed favourites.

In no particular order - Voyager - LXLE - PeachOSI - Netrunner - Mint 17.1 KDE.

Harder to set up (for me) but still work well - Manjaro - Salix

I am more familiar with Debian/Ubuntu based systems as I have "played" with them more. I emphasise the word play as I am just a pc user and by no means an IT Guru.

Recipricol Salutations from Chilly NW Kent - UK.

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7 weeks 5 days ago Wallpaper of the Week: Forest Fires From Space rhiannon

I totally agree. I live in an area prone to wildfires, some of them fairly small and some of them gobbling up miles and miles of land. Other adjacent states are prone to wildfires and well, and if the wind gets up, the smoke blows here. Not great to breathe, but makes amazing sunsets. :)

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7 weeks 5 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? garth

Be nice guys, if peeps wanna use Linux they will, if not then they won't. Agree to disagree and move on please:-).
Personally i have dual boot for the best of both worlds.

garth,
site moderator

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

My point just went woosh over your head. I can install Mint quickly and a user can have a complete operating system with all the apps they're apt to need, and won't have to fool with. They can use the stock wallpaper forever. They don't have to customize anything.

Why would they do that, when XP will run forever? Well, I have a ten year old car, and it does what I need it to do, but doesn't have antilock brakes, a backup camera, tire pressure monitoring, LED running lights, GPS, or mp3 player input. At some point it will be uneconomical, impractical and/or unsafe to drive long distances, so I'm shopping for a new(er) one. I'll probably get one off the lot that has the best mix of features I want, although I could order exactly the features I want and wait for delivery.

XP is fine if you never want new features and never go on the internet, and never buy new hardware. Same with Windows 2000, or 98, or 95. If they serve your needs, fine. I've moved on, and I surf the web (with no antivirus).

If you want a new operating system or PC, you will have to learn it and set it up. If you buy Microsoft, you are stuck with whatever they want you to have. If you are overjoyed with Windows 8 or 10, good for you. But if you try Linux, you have a choice of many different distros, with different desktop "looks" and different purposes. You may want a multimedia server, an educational suite, some odd language, or just something that runs on an old machine. You might like Gnome's icons, KDE's menus, or a tiled window manager. Whatever, just download it, install and go. If you don't want to change the wallpaper, fine. If you want to add more desktops or apps, change themes or colors, have wobbly windows, etc. just do it.

The big difference between Windows and FOSS is important to some people. It's not just "free, as in free beer", it's "free, as in freedom". What's the big deal if the NSA has a back door into your operating system? Well, I have nothing to hide and probably you don't either, but there's a principle involved. Also, I don't like the idea of a proprietary "standard".

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7 weeks 5 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Jorpho

Okay, and then what? Does their XP system not already have an office suite, video/audio players, and image editors? And won't they remain afraid of changing the wallpaper on their Mint system for fear of "blowing it up" ? More importantly, if they were happy running on a computer where nothing ever changed, what purpose is there in installing an OS touted as being particularly customizable?

(I hope you're not suggesting that the installation of an entire new operating system is necessary because of whatever difficulty there is in changing the wallpaper in XP.)

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7 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Anonymous Surfing Services BilalGaditek

Nice Article,worth to read it, but i think it is a little bit outdated. Looking for your latest article about the VPN Service Providers.

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7 weeks 5 days ago Best Free Android Apps Jojo Yee

Thanks Anupam. Will look into the apps you've suggested.

Update: SHAREit has now been added to the list.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? eikelein

br1anstaorm,

Thank you for the reply, I read it with great interest.

But I am sorry that I have to assume that you got it wrong: "... why add another layer of complexity to make it look like something it ain't? ..." would only be a correct statement about Windows 8 if it meant the Metro/Modern interface.

The Metro/Modern interface got slapped on top of Windows 7. Except for the UEFI dependency and very few functions that idiotically got migrated to the full screen interface it is exactly Windows 7.

And that will to a large part still be true for Windows 10, at least for what I can see from the available previews (which I have run ALL, in Virtualbox though).

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Office Suite drkstlkr

Another alternative that I haven't noticed anyone mention yet is that Microsoft has a free online version of Office at https://onedrive.live.com/

I know it's not the same as using the full MS Office version, but for receiving/uploading/editing/saving/sending MS Office files (such as DOCX), it's hard to beat since it doesn't lose any formatting that some of your free office suites may do when handling MS Office files (such as LibreOffice). But that's just my two cents. ;-)

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7 weeks 6 days ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? budchekov

For Windows try this.. http://www.radiodj.ro/

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

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7 weeks 6 days ago Wallpaper of the Week: Forest Fires From Space Sgluber

Our point of view makes all the difference.

The origin of this photo is sad but, from that space view, it is a beautiful image.

As usual, thank you, rhiannon! :-)

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Android Apps Anupam

Jojo, would be good to add file transfer apps like Xender, Superbeam, or Shareit, which use wifi direct to transfer files at a really fast speed. Did not know about these until recently, and people should know about it. Maybe cover one of these in an app of the week article?

Also cover backup software for contacts, sms, etc, like SMS Backup and Restore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.riteshsahu.SMSBackupRe...

or Mobile Backup III: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=mobilehome.backup&hl=en

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

I run mainly Linux Mint Cinnamon on machines all older/slower than yours. I do genealogy with the Gramps program. Edit videos with KDenLive, AviDemux, or OpenShot, view with VLC, edit photos with DigiKam, Gimp; edit audio with OcenAudio or Audacity. Mint or Zorin are best for beginners.

You can install any of these apps that aren't included by going to the distro's "app store" and searching, reading the review, and click once to install. None of this going to dodgy shareware sites and getting adware included with your download. Or worse.

Speaking of which: if your Windows machine was hit with a Cryptolocker virus, all your files would be toast. If you keep backups in a Linux format (ext4, btrfs) there's no way they can get infected, even if the virus gets stored with your files. Just sayin'.

I'd stick with Debian based distros; if you want to install stuff, most apps are packaged for Debian first. You'll find a .deb extension on the downloads. Half the distros are Debian based. The biggies are Ubuntu, Zorin, Bodhi, Mint, Lite, Elementary, Deepin; and they're all good for beginners. Go to the distro web site for instructions and introductions, then the forums for more info & resolve problems. If you install Mint or Zorin, look at the Ubuntu info too.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? Fairportfan

Umm, copyright considerations might be something to think about - if you put this online, you are probably liable for the same "performance royalties" that radio stations pay...

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

We all know people who haven't changed the wallpaper on their XP system because they're afraid to "blow it up". In fact, for some of these people, that is a valid concern.

I pull out my Mint USB stick and tell them that in 15 minutes they can have a new operating system, complete with apps like an office suite, video/audio players, and image editors.
With another 30 seconds, we can find a nice wallpaper, I can show how the menu works and where the files go, and we're good to go.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? vandamme

I'm a retired vacuum tube engineer, and I've used PCs since the 8086 days. I like the menu systems in Cinnamon, MATE and KDE, where the first menu is categories (sound & video, graphics, preferences, office) and the next level is applications (GIMP, Image Viewer, Scan). If I can remember what the name is, I just type it in the search (GIMP) and there it is; otherwise I run through the menus.

When you install a Windows app, it gets put where the autor wants it, plus a bunch of other cruft. So you get menu items for "Funkysoft --> FunkySoft on the Web Link, Uninstall FunkySoft, FunkySoft" etc. So, after trying to sort them into logical submenus, you just give up and put a shortcut to FunkySoft on your desktop. When the desktop gets full, you buy another monitor.

ZorinOS is specifically designed to not shock Windows users when they see the desktop, and there's a "look changer" that goes from Windows 2000 to XP to 7. Mint Cinnamon looks like Win7 to me. There are distros for Mac switchers, too: they have nice docks on the bottom, where they "should" be. Elementary is another gateway distro. Of course you can change a lot of things to suit your fancy, but it's better to start with something close to what you like.

So, go to distrowatch.com. Go to the Search at the top and click on "beginners" in the search box. There's links on each distro page to reviews and screenshots. Download a couple and give them a spin as a live disk, to see how your hardware works and how you like it.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? br1anstorm

I defer to your greater knowledge, Remah. But remember I have been and still am an XP user. I do have one laptop with Win7 (which I still regard as pretty new!).

But the jump from XP to Win8 is a big one, both for my computers and - in a way - for me. A simple upgrade isn't possible. I could only get Win8 by buying it and doing a clean install. I don't think the gain is worth the pain.

Win8 no doubt does some things better than XP and 7. But I don't need, and my computers can't do, touchscreen. Nor virtualisation. And the ever-present obligation to take precautions against virus-infection and other security threats remains in Win8 to a degree that simply does not arise with Linux.

Linux OSs aren't perfect. But these are some of the considerations which result in my own answer to MC's original question in the title being "yes".

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Remah

Your misgivings about Windows performance are largely misguided:

1) You can use Windows 7 and 8.1 without customization and the only differences that should impact you are that the default start menu and some settings are only available using the new interface. That new interface is hardly ever seen if you have your main programs on the desktop taskbar which is a faster way to access them rather than using either form of start menu.

2) Every iteration of Windows has not had higher hardware requirements. Windows 8 usually requires less than Windows 7 which generally requires less than Vista for equivalent performance. Certain features do require newer hardware particularly for new features in the areas of security, power, virtualization, and touch screen. The first three are particularly good reasons for migrating from Windows 7.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? br1anstorm

Fair comment, MC. I do recall seeing that review by dedoimedo (whose views, advice and tutorials I greatly respect). In a way he's right: PCLinuxOS is not "cutting edge", if it ever was. I can't argue with his criticism of the partition/installation process, although as a novice I didn't find it at all problematic. But I don't think it's fair to suggest PCLinuxOS is on a downward spiral. To pick up on my earlier car analogy, it may not have the leather seats, glitzy paintwork or flashing dashboard lights of the latest model from the Ubuntu showroom (check out the "Unity" desktop....!). But under the hood and on the road, it works just fine.

There is one other point which I think would-be Linux users need to weigh up: the community support. Because Linux distros are developed and championed mostly by groups of enthusiasts, the support comes mostly from the associated community of developers/users. This can make a real difference to the newbie's experience. It's dangerous to generalise, but in my experience there are three broad categories of community and support:

1) the massive and diverse community associated with the main Ubuntu-based distros. This embraces a range from total novices to uber-geeks. There is a multitude of sites and forums - almost too much. This can be daunting or frustrating. Finding meaningful answers to the questions a new user inevitably has, is like navigating through a jungle and often trying to decipher techie language that experts take for granted.

2) at the other extreme there are specialised Linux distros which have been developed by people looking for particular OS characteristics. These tend to have small, if dedicated, groups of supporters. Some distros(PuppyLinux?) are devised for small, old systems with minimal capacity. Some (ArchLinux?) seem to be better for geeks who have no fear and great expertise. Some Linux OSs seem to be aimed at those who like gaming or need heavyweight graphics capacity. And there are doubtless other distros which for whatever reason have a tiny fanbase and a minimal support community. Some emerge, flourish for a while, then fade. So...

3) I therefore found myself gravitating to those Linux distros which had a reasonably long track record (thus proven), with a community big enough to be helpful, ready to communicate in plain language rather than cryptic acronyms, and not so huge and diverse as to be difficult to engage with. On all those counts I discovered that PCLinuxOS, and Linux Mint, were among the most accessible communities as well as among the most user-friendly distros. But that has just been my experience. In the classic acronym, YMMV!

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? br1anstorm

Just a brief response on my attitude towards Windows 8. I shouldn't perhaps criticise what I haven't tried and tested, but I am no expert - just an ordinary consumer. My misgivings about Win8 are as follows:

1) interface: as a traditional laptop/desktop user, I find Win8's normal configuration and interface unappealing. It is clearly designed more for the tablet-user. I know it can be tweaked (with or without 3rd party apps) to look like Win7. But I figure - why add another layer of complexity to make it look like something it ain't?

2) RAM/CPU demands: I haven't done any testing or research. But I have simply assumed that - as with every iteration of Windows - the latest OS needs more processor power/speed and more RAM than its predecessors. Great if you have just bought or built new powerful hardware. But if you are using computers that are a few years old, might they struggle a bit with Win8?

3) cost: well, surely most people prefer free or low-cost/voluntary donation to expensive payment towards mega-corporation's mega-profits. I also admire the commitment and effort of those who create open-source software, and like in some small way to encourage this. For me, that's as good a reason as any to look to Linux and leave Windows behind: which was in a way the theme of MC's original post...

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? MidnightCowboy

Worth mentioning too I think re: br1anstorm's comment that I generalized somewhat in the article in an attempt to keep it simple. This reflects my point of view regarding rolling distros although for the already knowledgeable, PCLinux is a very different animal to say Manjaro and as such users are far less likely to have problems with it. That said, there's another aspect to PCLinux that might put some others off.

http://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/pclinuxos-2012-08.html

Admitedly the above review is on the old side now but the underlying trend remains the same. On the other hand, another group of users may love it for this alone because it is pretty much tested to death before it hits the streets. MC - Site Manager.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? eikelein

Hey vandamme,

you write "... modern Linux distros that are more like XP or 7 ...".

WHICH ONES? Why don't you name names?

PLEASE!

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? eikelein

@Zebedeeboss:

I read your comment with interest and , I admit, some glee. Thank you.

What I miss are names. Example:
You write "There are now some truly lovely Distros out there ...".

I'd like to learn from your experience, so WHICH ONES are "truly lovely in your experience?

Greetings from snowy Wisconsin.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? eikelein

Dear br1anstorm,

My personal thanks for this well written comment. I very much agree with most of what you said and will give PCLinux another try (my first try years ago was not satisfactory).

In the second paragraph you say "... but cannot ever imagine moving to Windows 8 ...". This puts your other thoughts sort of in question.

I routinely set up Windows 8 and 8.1 systems so that they work 99% exactly like Windows 7, desktop and all.

If you have reasons to reject the added security of UEFI then okay, no Win 8.

But I suggest that you try free Classic Shell (http://www.classicshell.net/). Disclaimer: I am in absolutely no way affiliated with Classic Shell.

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I think it is quite self-explanatory on this page, under the stand alone basis:

http://www.morguefile.com/license/morguefile

Also read the FAQ here:

http://www.morguefile.com/about

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7 weeks 6 days ago Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download greyman

Can anyone tell me what this means?
You are prohibited from using this work in a stand alone manner. Read the license summary.

I know what read the license summary means. I just cannot really figure out what they mean by "stand alone" manner.
Great find, BTW, but don't wish to have a problem posting these images, down the road...
(I was thinking of using them for the occasional accompanying graphic on Google+)

Thanks in advance, to anyone who has an answer.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download Sgluber

*thumbs up*

Thank you, rob! :-)

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7 weeks 6 days ago Best Free Software for Linux Panzer

lighthouse - a scriptable popup dialog:
https://github.com/emgram769/lighthouse

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WOW ! what a find !!
Great, thanks a lot.

Anand

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7 weeks 6 days ago Google Earth Pro Now Free (Was $399) mchldpy

It appears that the log in screen, even though being used for the Pro version, is the same screen used for the non pro version because after clicking on the enhanced trial version it took me to the google earth pro page, where I had just downloaded pro from. While this might not be the "you were right" scenario I thought it was, I still think you are right because of my never ending belief that google is always up to something.

michael clyde

UPDATE -
Now you don't have to sign up to get Google Earth Pro. After downloading the app you simply enter your email address as your username and enter the key "GEPFREE"
for the needed key and your good to google.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Nimbus Note wreckage

If Nimbus sync'ed with Google Tasks which I can see in Thunderbird on my PC, it would be perfect. At the moment I'm using GTasks which does, but I believe it is Android-only.

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7 weeks 6 days ago Google Earth Pro Now Free (Was $399) mchldpy

Hey Vic,
You were right. I'm in the middle of the log in screen after installing and there are two items of interest, "want to try a free trial of google earth enhanced" and "ready to buy google earth enhanced". I guess I'll see what it's all about.

michael clyde

Oh, thanks for the tip.

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8 weeks 1 hour ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? vandamme

Sorry, I'm not AirTime tech support. Also, I was just curious and don't need it.

Reading the "automated" instructions, it looks pretty complicated and lengthy but doable. It requires setting up a webserver and feeding your stream into it, so good luck. The forum tells of successful installs in Ubuntu 14.04, a long term release (probably a good idea, since you won't want to fool with it after you get it going).

And yes, I can install my favorite distro, Mint, from a USB stick under fifteen minutes or so, but that doesn't include downloading updates to freshen it up. Nor the weeks of playing with the settings to please my eye; that is never finished.

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8 weeks 1 hour ago Best Free Antivirus Software movrshakr

While I really like the Comodo apps, I do think its write up should note its "extra" things installed if you do not catch the tiny text (a not obvious, easily detectable way to do that) leading to a separate screen to exclude them. Such is noted for some of the other products.

A Geekbuddy component is one of the extras installed if you do not notice the small text under a BIG button to proceed, and there is another extra I do not remember.

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8 weeks 1 hour ago Got a Spare PC? Why Not Launch Your Own Radio Station For Free? budchekov

Why don't you answer my question, if one has the latest LTS 14.04 installed, will Airtime, last updated in 2013 and compatible with 12.04, install without errors and work.?
Searching reveals it IS a problem and without farting about for hours with the terminal it's unclear if it can be EASILY installed.
@FWIW other than lightweight distros like Puppy Flavors and Porteus, even with the ISO downloaded, no major Linux OS can be fully installed and updated in 15 minutes.

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8 weeks 4 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? br1anstorm

A useful article which has prompted some thoughtful discussion.

I started looking at Linux options when WinXP (which I have used and liked for years) reached the end of the road. I have a laptop with Windows 7.... but cannot ever imagine moving to Windows 8. Hence the exploration of Linux.

I was a little surprised to see that rolling-release distros were so swiftly dismissed. Apart from - obviously - security - I wanted two things from a Linux OS: reliability/stability (or ease of use with no crashes or tantrums), and longevity (no obligation to keep changing or reinstalling every time a new variant came out).

The fact is that because all Linux distros are so tune-able, the developers are constantly revising them. Fine, if you are one of those who trades in your car/computer/OS every year or less for the latest showroom model. I prefer to drive something that does the job well, looks good, and doesn't break down or need constant servicing, and that I can run for years without worry.

Many popular Linux distros are just custom coachbuilds on the same basic underlying chassis (often Ubuntu). Nothing wrong with that, except that all these other distros have to adjust when the underlying chassis gets redesigned.

Rolling releases seem to me much more evolutionary, changing very gradually rather than producing a new model/version every few months.

I have been trying out PCLinuxOS, which is a rolling release. I don't find it unstable. It is well-proven, and competent without being flashy. Its developers are also quite rigorous about testing whatever updates are provided, and tend to discourage unorthodox tweaking and tuning (customising) because that's often the way to induce instability and crashes. For anyone looking at Linux options I'd suggest PCLinuxOS (which does offer various desktop environments from lightweight MATE to the all-in KDE) is worth a try.

Not that I discount others. Of the various other Linux OSs I have tried out, I'd rate Mint as the slickest and most user friendly, Zorin as the most familiar to Windows XP or 7 users, and - for those wanting to keep alive old, slow computers with limited processor and memory capacity, LXLE.

My advice to those thinking of making the change to Linux: try out a selection of distros. It costs nothing, you will undoubtedly find an OS which suits you, and you will come to like it.

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8 weeks 7 hours ago Hundreds Of Free High-Res Images To Download KetchupKid

Outstanding find, good sir! Super hi-res pix. Thanks!

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8 weeks 9 hours ago Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You? Jorpho

But of course. The comments thread for an article titled "Is Moving From Windows to Linux The Right Choice For You?" is clearly no place to debate Linux vs Windows.

(Just sayin'.)

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