Do you actually need to use Linux?

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  1. mood

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    Do you actually need to use Linux?
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  2. reasonablePrivacy

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    I think that most casual gamer who doesn't only play newest games can be happy using Gnu/Linux too. Buy desktop PC with Nvidia graphics card, though. Nvidia's proprietary drivers for desktop are of highest quality.
    Note that I don't like Nvidia politics against Gnu/Linux and more generally not releasing documentation about hardware to general public. I also think that for office laptop Nvidia isn't great, because of problems with support for discrete Nvidia GPUs on Gnu/Linux.
     
  3. Joxx

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    Disagree.
    Gaming on Linux is a hassle, on Windows is a breeze.
    There's often that game that you just want to play but has no native Linux option. It can be an oldie like The Last Express, a niche one like Rise of Flight or an upcoming triple A like Anno 1800.
    And don't bother me with Wine or other not-an-emulator because I just want to install and play whatever tickles my fancy; and that's Windows, like it or not.
     
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    Even on Windows not every game is available. There are exclusives for game consoles. Yes, you can have both PC with Windows and gaming console, but you also can dual boot Gnu/Linux and Windows for titles not available on Gnu/Linux. I am talking about casual player, who does not spend that much time gaming.
     
  5. Palancar

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    I am not a gamer so my opinions ignore that completely. I would NEVER want to return to Windows. Linux has been so smooth for my daily activities on my home computer/VPN network. Updates are quick and slick. Haven't seen a "cootie" in so long I don't remember what that is like. My hardware is mid-level and Linux just flat out screams with speed by comparison. Now turning the page to unconventional usage, which for me is my hobby life, linux seems imperative. Hobby activity happens on different hardware of course to promote and maintain compartmentalization. What I can do with hopping around half a dozen servers and TOR is so much easier using linux. I keep a Win 10 Pro setup in my home but it hasn't been booted in months now. Just my take.
     
  6. Azure Phoenix

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    I don't have any big issue with Windows 10 home. So, I don't really care much for Linux since Windows has serve me well.
     
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    +1 ... I'd never want to go back to Windows.
     
  8. longshots

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    +2, but my emphasis is different... I'd never want to go back to Windows. Have run Linux for many years, but I still use W10 on my laptop because of the limitless supply of software, and can't see myself ever giving it up entirely to use one of the 147 different flavours of Linux.
     
  9. Stefan Froberg

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    Been using Linux and Windows since 1998. Been jumping around between these two OSes.

    Best Windows version been XP and 7. Vista was dog slow. Didn't much care about
    wannabe phone-desktop frankestein of W8 and absolutely hated W10 for two reasons:
    1) It's a privacy nightmare unlike any other previous version of Windows
    2) The forced updates that home users can only delay but never avoid. And this last one
    was the thing that finally broke the camel back: 2 weeks ago my only laptop with W10 in it spitted this out after update:

    upload_2019-2-28_0-12-15.png

    Yep, The famous Blue screen of death. Tried to go back to previous restore point. Several of them. Nothing. Tried the other "fixes" from the windows menu. Nada.
    Tried every possible option. Not single one worked.

    At this point I had two options:

    1) reinstall W10 and then pray that the same thing will never happen again in the future...(yeah right...)

    2) take the ******* W10 drive with all it's files out, put a new fresh drive in, install Linux and then put the ******* W10 with all it's files as a backup drive into USB 3.0 external hard drive enclosure that I had keeped around just incase.

    Try to guess which option I chose ....
     
  10. Daveski17

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    I wasn't sure if I'd miss Windows, or more accurately software I used to run on it. I've run Ubuntu and Windows for a few years and finally ditched Windows and now run macOS, Ubuntu, Android and ChromeOS. I don't miss Windows and I can, and do, live without it. I couldn't be happier. I don't need 147 flavours of Linux, just Ubuntu. There's very little I can't run on Unix that I ran on Windows and the programs that only ran on Windows have equivalents. I don't hate Windows, oh sorry, yes I do lol.:eek::argh:
     
  11. guest

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    If your concern is stabity, security and privacy, then Linux or Chrome OS are the best choice.

    If it is games, or proprietary softs like MS Office, Photoshop, your job software or some hardware requirements then you are stuck on Windows.

    There is no other valid reasons to stay on crappy Windows and keep being treated like Guineas pigs for their half-baked features.
     
  12. mirimir

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    If I need Windows for something (mainly running Excel) I have Win7 and Win10 VMs that I can clone, and run with whatever CPU and RAM I need for the work. I generally run them with no network interfaces. Occasionally I put one online (via VPNs and Tor, of course) and update it. But mostly I don't care, because they're never online, and just see data files that I expose via shared VDIs.
     
  13. Nightwalker

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    I actually like Windows 10 and it is the only OS that can fully satisfy my work and entertainment needs.
     
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    Is it really that hard to imagine that people can actually like Windows 10?
     
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    Not at all. I like Windows 10 a lot, in many ways.

    It's just so damn snoopy. And it's virtually impossible to protect against that.

    Except by running it as a VM, with no network connectivity, anyway ;)
     
  16. guest

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    Sure, but do you like Windows for what it it is (architecture, design, features) or because you are used to and comfortable with it?

    Maybe if Linux was released before Windows and been the standard, you may say the exact same thing for Linux.

    I also used to like Windows, very much, in the past, but more and more MS makes me shift my point of view, to the point that buying a chromebook as my next machine become a reality now.
    Unless my prod machine dies, I won't buy a Windows machine anymore.
     
  17. roger_m

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    I've got no use for Linux, other than very briefly playing with it once in a while, as Windows works so well for me. On my main laptop, Windows 10 is fast, stable, problem free and I never have any issues with malware, so I've got no reason to use anything else.
     
  18. Daveski17

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    Photoshop runs on Mac as well. I always disliked being a Microsoft guinea pig/crash test dummy. It wouldn't be quite so bad if Windows was freeware, but to have to pay to be a test pilot as well is seriously wrong.
     
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    Yes.
     
  20. mirimir

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    Hey, I love Linux. It does just about everything that I need. And if I need something else, I can easily run VMs.

    But I gotta say. Compared to Windows 10, it just looks so plain. GUIs aren't much more than fancy collections of text.

    I don't have much experience with macOS. So maybe it's just that I don't know it, but I prefer Windows.

    But as I've said, Microsoft is just too snoopy, and I don't trust them.
     
  21. mirimir

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    If it weren't for Microsoft being such a jerk, I could say much the same.

    However, once I started playing with remote servers and VPS, I needed to know Linux. I mean, try managing a remote Windows server sometime, if you gotta connect via Tor. RDP is cool and all, but the latency, jitter and low bandwidth make it unworkable. And once I needed to know Linux for that, I decided to focus on it.

    But hey, if you don't care about the snooping, Windows 10 is a great OS.
     
  22. roger_m

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    I have managed a remote Windows server in another country and had no issues.
    I do care about snopping, but I'm just not convinced that Windows 10 is snooping on me.
     
  23. mirimir

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    Try it via Tor :)
     
  24. vasa1

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    I don't need to use Linux. I don't use applications available only via Microsoft Windows. So I prefer using Linux.
     
  25. Beyonder

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    I've tried Linux several times. Hell I'm wrting in it right now, in a VM. However, I don't think I'll ever install it as the main OS, or as a dual boot OS, ever again.

    As other people mention in the thread, I like to play games and that means dual boot is completely useless to me. I tried this once, but found the hassle of rebooting every 45 min to be too annoying. Eventually I stopped using the Linux partition entirely, and it just sat there until I deleted it.
     
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