Completely moved away from windows!

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  1. Rasheed187

    Rasheed187 Registered Member

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    @ zapjb

    I never really tried Linux, but from what I've seen, it's a bit more like Windows. But I'm quite happy with Windows for now. :)
     
  2. Daveski17

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    I replaced Vista HP with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on my Belnea 0.book Sunday morning. It's far faster than Vista and starts and closes down very quickly in comparison. My desktop has Win 7 still, but when M$ stop supporting that I'll switch it to Linux (probably Ubuntu). It's one of the best decisions I have ever made with computers.
     
  3. mrfargoreed

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    After getting so sick and tired of Windows over the last year, I've also finally switched to Linux, today, after testing several flavours and also settling for Ubuntu. Mint was nice, but had little things like no thumbnail previews for movie files, etc, but Ubuntu just seems to work nicely so far - I can't find any deal-breaking things wrong with it.

    I hope and pray that I can stick with it long enough and never go back to Windows. I've kind of been planning for a while, gradually easing out all the programs I 'need' on Windows and finding open source alternatives, but after reinstalling Windows 8.1 yesterday, adding 110 updates, only to have all those updates fail and revert back, I had enough. This has happened a few times with me now, exactly the same problem, and it's just not acceptable.

    Today I installed Ubuntu and I really like how it's running.
     
  4. Daveski17

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    There is nothing I miss on Windows on my o.book. I have (or will) installed everything I used regularly including, VLC, Stellarium, Celestia, Audacity, Google Earth, Marble Earth, Pinta, GIMP and more in Ubuntu. Although a decent chess program would be the icing on the cake.
     
  5. Joxx

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    is there a way of getting rid of the top bar in Ubuntu ?
    now that we can have the menus in each window
     
  6. Veeshush

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    Again guys, I'd just be sure to at least have one laptop/desktop, or a separate drive for a Windows install. That way you can stick with Linux as your main desktop but still have that Windows install in case you need it for that 1 or 2 things that only work for Windows.
     
  7. mrfargoreed

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    Veeshush, can I get away with running Windows inside Virtualbox instead?
     
  8. Veeshush

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    That entirely depends on what software and what you're trying to do. For example, a system stress tester I use is only available for Windows yet works great for detecting stability issues- no way could I run that in a VM.
     
  9. Kerodo

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    If you're afraid to let go of Windows entirely, or still need it for some reason, you can always dual boot. Best of both worlds then....
     
  10. Daveski17

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    But that's exactly what the OP stopped doing when they started this thread! ;)
     
  11. mrfargoreed

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    I think there are only two programs that I need to run, both very simple so I think VirtualBox should be okay for me. I'm not a heavy user. Thanks for your answer.
     
  12. accessgranted

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    Best chess compo I could come up with is [Arena GUI + Stockfish] engine running on Wine. Stockfsih can run at full strength this way on x64 cpus
     
  13. Daveski17

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    OK thanks, although my o.book is only x86, I will check out WINE though shortly.
     
  14. I tried it, but opted for Zorin-OS, bit fatter, but worked better (no hangups during try-out).
     
  15. mrfargoreed

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    Well, it's been a whole week since I started using Ubuntu as my primary operating system, and I have to say that I love it - I haven't missed Windows one bit.

    The advantages, for me, have been much less disk space taken up by Ubuntu, much faster file copying speeds, faster startup and shutdown, some fantastic software that I had no idea even existed, innovation, stability, faster updates - it's just, at the moment, all positive. It's easy to use, everything just seems to work. I haven't even yet come across any annoying niggles where I've though, "That would have worked in Windows."

    I was also getting constant disk error reports running Windows - not a single one since running Ubuntu.

    I've yet to set up VirtualBox to run Windows in (I unfortunately need it for Kies for my Samsung mobile backup and to configure my gaming headset), but if all these plus points continue to impress, then I'm here for good.
     
  16. Daveski17

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    I found 'DreamChess' in the Ubuntu Software Centre, it's pretty good for freeware. Now there is nothing on Windows I can't have in Linux.

    http://www.dreamchess.org/home.html
     
  17. The Red Moon

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    i made the switch to linux mint several months ago and im certainly glad i did.No more bsods etc.
    No need for special updaters as mint updates everything in one go.

    It comes with quality software pre-installed and ready to go.
    Boot up and shutdown times are much quicker in linux.

    I didnt really like ubuntu as it just doesnt seem to be as customizable as mint in many ways.Everything just seems so much easier with linux.
     
  18. Veeshush

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    Just be sure your BSODs weren't hardware related. Run a few passes of http://www.memtest.org/ and the like if you haven't already. Maybe a stress tester in Linux too. These work pretty great: https://unigine.com/products/benchmarks/
     
  19. ahriman

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    I've been Windows free for about 5 years now. My new HP Laptop came with Windows 8.1. I was curious, and tried it for one or two days.

    Ubuntu is now installed on the HP (a UEFI system and Windows had a death-like grip on it.)
     
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