Completely moved away from windows!

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  1. Kyle1420

    Kyle1420 Registered Member

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    So after 13 years of using windows since the age of 10, and dual booting with linux for 8 years I think (for me at-least) linux has come far enough and polished enough for me to be a 100% alternative. The main reason that held me back all this time was gaming support, and thanks to a lot of key players and steam, this has changed.

    So last night, no more dual booting. I took windows off the SSD and threw on Elementary OS on it, My god does that thing boot up fast on an SSD.

    Who else has completely made the switch and no longer dual-boots with windows on their main rig?
     
  2. Joxx

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    that was last night

    come back every 3 months,
    and promise you're still on the wagon
     
  3. Kerodo

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    I recently finally decided to go 100% linux after years of back and forth between linux and windows. Linux has all I need, it was just a matter of time till I did it. I have spent over 10 years distro hopping I guess. I am using Linux Mint Debian at the moment, but Elementary OS is great. If you want to see apps start up fast, try Elementary OS. It's quite good. Mint is probably my favorite. Anyway, yes, I am now pretty much linux only, with no desire to use Win whatsoever. :)
     
  4. Kyle1420

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    Haha, This wasn't a decision taken lightly, I formatted the drive so no going back without a lot of hassle. There's really no reason to use windows besides a few specific games.
     
  5. Kyle1420

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    The recent years and I think especially this year we have been blessed with so much polish by distro's like mint. :) No longer are they just a novelty OS and a geek toy, but a very professional and usable OS.
     
  6. J_L

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    Are you using Luna or Freya?
     
  7. Kerodo

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    Yep, very much so. They look and feel good now, and they are very easy to install and get set up for most users now too. Much progress has been made. I just reached a point where I was tired of all the bloat (300+ updates in Win 7) and security nonsense and finally realized I really don't need Windows any more..

    It's great to have alternatives, especially free ones...
     
  8. Kerodo

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    I have an image I use of Luna, and love it.. sorry, I know you were asking Kyle1420... just my 2 cents..
     
  9. mattdocs12345

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    I haven't moved completely. I still use Windows 7 on a netbook for netflix and amazon prime and for rare occasion when I buy a product unsupported on Linux. I don't dual boot. Linux is my primary workhorse.
     
  10. Kyle1420

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    Luna, very much looking forward to Freya.
     
  11. zapjb

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    Honestly using Linux only frees up too much of my time. I guess using Windows feeds my OCD.
     
  12. roger_m

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    I can't see me switching any time soon as I'm way too attached to Windows. As well, there are some Windows specific applications I use.

    At the moment dual booting Windows and Linux is not really an option for me either.

    But, I do acknowledge that Linux has a come a long way since I first tried it 14 years ago, when it had very limited hardware support.
     
  13. Kyle1420

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    That's what distro hoping is for! LOL
     
  14. Veeshush

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    It's a hard thing to do, to not have that one Windows install for those several things that will never be dev'd for Linux (games still being a big one). I'd love to be able to though- it's always been a hassle to babysit a Windows install by manually hunting down updates compared to repos on Linux.
     
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    But a one that gets smaller and smaller considering the many games available for Steam. Counterstrike being the latest example.
     
  16. Veeshush

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    The older ones though will never be. Then there's others, like GTA series, that are lucky enough to get a decent PC port at all let alone Linux support.

    On the plus side, at least with Linux you can be EA free.
     
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    It's been one year for me now. Ubuntu + Fedora.
     

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  18. The Red Moon

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    I have totally made the switch now to linux mint 17.There are some aspects of windows i miss dearly but linux is running full time here with no problems.Its a huge learning curve but one i am enjoying so far.

    It does feel a bit odd not having any form of antivirus installed and i only have the built in firewall activated.
     
  19. Kerodo

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    I have to admit I still get a craving for Windows now and then. I had decades of fun with Win, so nostalgia sometimes gets hold of me. But on the other hand, I don't feel that I actually *need* Windows anymore. That's kind of a relief too.
     
  20. Veeshush

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    I just stumbled across this today: https://h-node.org/hardware/catalogue/en

    That'd be a good site to follow if anyone wants to stay with only using Linux, as one of the major headaches is being sure your hardware won't have issues (like printers, scanners, etc).
     
  21. mattdocs12345

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    I feel the same. That's why I keep a netbook with windows 7.
     
  22. viking313

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    I have been using PCLinuxOS for almost a year now as my go too on both my desktop and netbook without windows....formatted my XP install and never looked back.....but recently got a new laptop for the wife with win 8.1.....wow what a convoluted piece of........oh well she has to learn for herself
     
  23. ChristineBCW

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    It's mostly a matter of the applications. Which Windows applications does a User need or want? What are their Linux equivalents? How much of a learning curve is needed to use them? (All programs will have some upgrade-learning curves eventually. Microsoft's cumbersome and space-wasting floating toolbar reminds experienced users of that.)

    So, I wonder what video-editors you're using on Linux? What kind of disc-decrypters and burners did you try? What PhotoShop alternatives? What sort of audio editors? TV recorders? Did you only try Samba to transfer files between old Win drives?
     
  24. Rasheed187

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    Yes me too, I will probably never move away from Windows. Once I had to work with a Mac, it was a nightmare. I'm just too attached to stuff like the taskbar, quick launch, tray-icons, and the "right click" context menu for example. :)

    This is another important factor, I would hate losing my favorite apps (including my security tools).
     
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  25. zapjb

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    @Rasheed187 Imho Linux is much easier to use than rotten fruit.
     
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