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Old 23. Jul 2013, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I've been dual booting Windows and Linux for some time now. Since making the leap to Win7 from XP I find myself spending more time with Win7. This is not to say I've lost my admiration with Linux rather Win7 offers easy to use applications that Linux that has yet to provide. To be more to the point Video and Music rendering is easier with Win7. I still frequently boot into Linux because of the eloquence that Linux provides something that Microsoft should study.
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Old 23. Jul 2013, 11:17 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Good to see you've Win7 finally. I boot into Win7, 80% of the time, the rest on Mint.
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Old 23. Jul 2013, 08:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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To be honest I was critical of Win7 and was deeply entrenched with the XP supporters. My son at the time had Vista on his box and I absolutely hated the darn thing. Constantly lost internet connection it also froze allot and to sum it up its was plain buggy. I'm so happy with Win7 I plan to get the upgrade for his computer, maybe some extra ram and a better video card. I hope to save money in the long run

I will always boot into Mint but not quite as much.
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That's the thing actually. I think about installing Linux, but problem is that there are loads of software available on Windows to do any kind of work, whereas, I think Linux might be lacking in that department. Even if they exist, it will take time finding out those alternatives. Although for general usage, equivalent and good software must be there, but still, you get a whole variety in Windows.
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I think about installing Linux, but problem is that there are loads of software available on Windows to do any kind of work, whereas, I think Linux might be lacking in that department.
I believe you will get arguments of the contrary by Linux enthusiast. I suppose Linux could do most things that Windows does but at what Costs. I don't care to struggle with finding all the right dependencies or deal with shifting software that works with the older version of Mint but not the newer version. Linux is very fragmented in my opinion, case in point Ubuntu used to be based on Debian but now its a bit of a hybrid. Mint has Mate and Cinnamon flavors however there are differences between the two and lets not forget about XFCE.

If I want to work in a easy breezey environment to play older games, surf the net write a few e-mails then Linux works for me. For extensive video and music rendering than Windows 7 suites me best.
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I have never found anything I needed Windows for because I could not "do it" with Linux. True I am not an elite tech user but I know lots who are that don't even have Windows installed.

For me one of the keys is speed. Linux is just so much faster to open stuff and use, especially internet related apps. Also, it seems that every time I boot into Windows something other than the OS needs updating which is detracting and time consuming.

There are also zero security concerns unless you want to log in as root and ignore all of the built in safety measures.

Also, even without an image I can re-install from scratch in the event of a problem and be fully customized and back to where I was in around an hour.

For all of this, I can also choose whether I want a distro that updates to a brand new version every 6 months or so, annually, or one that doesn't need changing for several years.

So for me, Linux is a no brainer regarding speed, efficiency and worry free surfing. The downside is that often issues require greater attention to fix than in Windows but only if users are incapable of searching a forum and copying code into a terminal. Certainly there are less Linux systems rendered unbootable by serious issues that those running Windows.
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Old 24. Jul 2013, 02:12 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Other than software support, there is the issue of drivers, games, and even a few online services. Plus, Windows is already provided by computer manufacturers, most of the time you cannot save money by not including it. That means Linux isn't as appealing, except on old machines.

Currently I use Windows 7 64-bit exclusively on my gaming laptop and Linux Mint 13 XFCE exclusively on my older netbook. The main reason I'm not completely switching over is hardware support, plus Windows 7 will be updated for a long time.
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I have never found anything I needed Windows for because I could not "do it" with Linux.
You may be able to do it but its not going to be as easy.
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For all of this, I can also choose whether I want a distro that updates to a brand new version every 6 months or so, annually, or one that doesn't need changing for several years.
I'm still using Mint 14 Mate and will probably stick with it for at least another year. I base my comments on my experience with Mint 15 which still has a few bugs. To be fair imo Mint should be the easiest distro for those migrating from Windows.
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Other than software support, there is the issue of drivers, games, and even a few online services. Plus, Windows is already provided by computer manufacturers, most of the time you cannot save money by not including it. That means Linux isn't as appealing, except on old machines.
Ever since Gabe (Head at Valve and Steam services) have shown interest in Linux (and he is a Windows 8 hater), most (Valve) Steam games (largest gaming distribution platform) will work well on Linux as well. It won't be long before others follow suit and Linux will be a major hub of gaming.
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I'm going in the Linux direction. My new comp came with Windows8, which I really hate! I'm in the process of moving over towards Linux and have dual booted with Mint15 Mate. I now use Mint most of the time and hope to dispense with Windoze altogether in time.

I thought of downgrading my Lenovo to Win7 but there are 2 webpages of drivers and other things to download in order to complete the installation. And how to get Win7 to play happily under efi and with the hybrid ssd/hdd drive combo. By contrast Mint installed in well under the hour and already had all the hardware drivers in place. Even the Fn keys work as they should (except for the one switching the mousepad thingy off and on).

I'm free from the constant maintenance I used to have to do (or perhaps convinced myself I had to do) to keep Windoze safe and up to date. As MC says: Linux is a no brainer. So far I haven't found anything I can't do in Mint, and I'm no expert.

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