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Goodbye Windows

Discussion in 'The Lounge - Off Topic' started by zimbo, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. zimbo
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    As the thread says... enough is enough!! Im in the testing phase of moving to ubuntu and boy am i amazed! Finished class at 1:30 and been plugging away since..... Didnt want to dual boot so i have installed it in VMWare. This is what i have achieved so far:

    Got MP3 music working - XMMS with codecs
    Got DVD working and associated formats :D
    VLC Player
    Support for .rar files
    aMSN - looks just like messenger!

    Now the big one.. Java and Eclipse.. i think this will work out - tomorrow im going to my mates backing up all my data and bye bye Windows!!

    BTW who else is running *nix?
     
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  2. JohnBradbury

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    I'm often tempted but MS really do have me by the balls :blink

    This might be useful for anyone making the move:
    http://whdb.com/2008/the-top-50-proprietary-programs-that-drive-you-crazy-and-their-open-source-alternatives/
     
  3. zimbo
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    Thanks for that!
     
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  4. Phoenix
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    Not me
    I have absolutely no problems with windows
    so why switch?
    lol
     
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  5. zimbo
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    I was like that.. until windows keeps crashing with everything i do! :rolleyes:
     
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  6. Phoenix
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    Damn

    My Mac crashes more than my Windows box
    have not had a windows system on me crash at home for well over 2 years
     
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  7. JohnBradbury

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    I'm sure you could have just as much trouble with Linux. Checkout the Ubuntu forums and you'll see plenty of people having problems with Ubuntu too.

    The main reason I'd switch is the freedom. From a technical standpoint I think MS provide good products.
     
  8. BosonMichael
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    What he said! :)

    Plus... gaming on Linux is pitiful.
     
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  9. onoski

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    Most of us are in IT jobs because of windows like it or not that's a huge fact. No offence but think there is no need degrading an OS that truly has made IT and even the internet as popular as it is today:)
     
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  10. zimbo
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    oh you boys are not convincing me! :biggrin im in uni.. i have no need to depend on a OS - if i need i might still dual boot with just 10GB for Windows.. but i want to move to ubuntu.
     
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  11. ManicD

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    then maybe you shoudl choose yoru software providers more carefully.

    if you NEVER installed anythign else onto windows, it would never crash, the only reason it crashes is because software programmers make errors and dont write the software 110% perfect, thus things go wrong.

    the only reason other operating systems seem more stable is because you have very limited choice on what to add to it, thus everything is easier to make compatible with everything else
     
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  12. zimbo
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    You know where is Uncles Freddy and Trip when you need them. My laptop got formatted last week. I was running nothing and it still crashes. Want to know the main reason? Uni is getting boring.. i need to learn new things so linux is the way forward for me! You lot sound like im committing IT suicide?? :biggrin
     
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  13. tripwire45
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    Keep in mind that your certs seems to be in the MS arena, Zimbo, so you'll likely be working with Microsoft OSes for some time to come. I use Ubuntu as my home desktop and don't have any worries (gaming means nada to me). That said, I do keep one Windows box at home because the publishing industry almost universally uses Office and Office templates sometimes break when opened in OpenOffice.org. Also, since I have been writing books on MS products, it behooves me to have at least one Windows machine.

    Also, my wife and son fear Linux and will only use Windows. :wink:
     
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  14. JohnBradbury

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    I think both Linux and Windows have their places. However
    for some reason the Linux community really hate MS and they let it cloud their judgement when comparing Linux to Windows.
     
  15. zebulebu

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    Ditto

    Windows XP SP2 is the most stable OS ever released (at least one that's usable for 'real' home use, so not counting BSD etc)

    I just do not understand why anyone rolls out the old 'Windows is unstable' chestnut any more. You had an argument pre Win 2K, but ever since SP3 for that OS and SP2 for XP I can't think of a single time that WIndows has just crashed on me for no reason (which, lets face it, used to happen weekly or even daily with 9X or NT)

    Fair enough if you want to move to Linux - I have no problem with it. If you want to go because its free then thats great - its an excellent reason. Even if you're rabid about being anti-evil empire then thats fair enough too. But if Windows is constantly crashing on you and you're using XPSP2 - then either your hardware is bad, your software installation regimen is pants or you simply don't know how to get your OS stable. In my experience, more than 90% of crashes on XPSP2 machines that I've seen were related to

    Spyware,
    Cruddy software leaving detritus behind after uninstallation, or
    Graphics drivers updated incorrectly or too quickly before being fully tested simply to eke out 2 more fps in
    Far Cry.

    My answers to that are:

    Run a firewall and stop downloading pr0n
    Use your loaf when installing software, and
    Use a console - that's what they're built for

    Sorry to rain on your parade zim, but instability is not a valid reason to stop giving Gates (sorry, Ballmer) your money :biggrin
     
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  16. Jakamoko
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    I have to agree with the majority, Zim - simply for common sense reasoning. It's clear you relish a challenge, and that's a great credit, but the facts (as stated already) are that current Windows is, by and large, rock solid (never had BSOD in 4-5 years on XP). This thread hopefully isn't and shouldn't be a platform for an anti-MS rant.

    I am also hoping to get more into Ubuntu / *nix, but that certainly isn't because of any probs with Windows - just for the challenge .... like your good self, Sir :)
     
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  17. zimbo
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    Well i got java to work! Im pretty suprised there hasnt been one word of praise for poor linux! :( so we taking bets then on how long ill slug it out? :biggrin
     
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  18. Bluerinse
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    My Vista Ultimate is the most stable OS i have used to date. Sure it's irritating sometimes but what relatively new OS hasn't been.

    I have toyed with Ubuntu in the past and found it to be lack lustre and annoying. I need to run my accounting software and i cant on *nix.. i like COD4 but cant play it on *nix.. I run Outlook with exchange and would have to tear my hair out to achieve the same useability on *nix. I like the fact that it is free but i would rather pay for a product that does what I need.

    Apple Macs.. the Bang & Olufsen of personal computing :wink:

    I will be a Windows fanboi for a while yet. 8)
     
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  19. zimbo
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    Thats the thing pete.. i only need to run eclipse (java) and openoffice. So why not? Its something different! :biggrin
     
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  20. sunn

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    Are you guys kidding?
    My WIN machine crashes frequently. Yes the OS and apps are legit.
    Hmmm, maybe it's time for a fresh install :rolleyes:
     

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