Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux

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  1. mood

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    Reasons to Abandon Windows For Linux
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  2. EASTER

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    Can anyone imagine if MS would have just dedicated a section of their business model devoted specifically for Windows 7 & 8 with a forward progression of maintaining that supply pool of users as well as churn their development of Win 10 instead of dissing those customers/users in an obvious vain attempt to force computer users onto 10?

    Satisfied Windows 8.1 happy camper here. The force job was a very bad idea as well as distancing themselves from 7 & 8 despite how well those (2) O/S series still qualify greatly with a solid customer/user base of satisfaction.
     
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    Windows 10 telemetry can tamed be to a mere whimper. You just have to know how ;)
     
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    There are plenty reasons to abandon Windows for Linux. I switched to Ubuntu a few years ago.

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    Reasons to be cheerful:

    1/ Security; waving goodbye to an AV was a major factor for me.

    2/ It's freeware.

    3/ Lighter OS. I swapped Vista for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS on a small laptop and it totally transformed its performance. It went from a sluggish computer that took all day to do anything to a relatively fast and efficient machine that was a pleasure to use.

    4/ Ease and simplicity. I've always thought Ubuntu was easier and more intuitive to use than Windows.

    5/ No updating rigmarole or problems, unlike Windows in my experience.

    6/ Very few bugs in my experience in comparison.

    7/ Compatibility; Firefox, Chrome, Vivaldi, LibreOffice, GIMP, Pinta, SMPlayer and all the other application programs or browsers I used regularly on Windows all run as well or better on Linux.

    8/ The Linux system clock is actually accurate. Why can't Microsoft fix the Windows BIOS clock?

    9/ Overall aesthetics. I just think Linux looks nicer lol.

    10/ Trust. I just don't trust MS anymore. I do trust Canonical.

    11/ All of the above.

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  5. Brian K

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    Daveski17,

    Are your updates automatic? I do them manually and there seems to be updates every few days.
     
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    I usually wait for them, although sometimes I instigate them with the Software Updater. Small and often updates are normal with Linux, not unlike Android.
     
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    I must be over anxious to get updates. How often do you get updates offered?
     
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    It varies, sometimes there can be weeks before any updates. I don't have to individually update Firefox or Chrome manually.
     
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    I'm loving my new Mint Mate install but I haven't jumped ship on my other two Win10 machines. That one machine refused to start resulting in BSOD after BSOD. I got sick of that, installed Mint and that machine won't have Windows back on it again. It runs better with Linux than it ever did with Windows.

    I usually boot my Mint machine up and check for updates, then install any it finds. Sometimes later that day there are more updates. While Mint hasn't been installed that long I have noticed a few days go by where no updates are found, like today for example, but I get far more updates on that machine than I do my Win10 machines. They don't bother me and so far I haven't needed a restart to apply any updates, including a new kernel recently.
     
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    Number 8 :argh:

    Wish my own ambition to switch was as much :thumb: The day the internet kills off my 8.1's, as in meaning something crazy like "This O/S no longer complies with world net standards" :eek:
     
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    I think you can now buy software that fixes the Windows clock. It might sound like an odd reason to ditch Windows but the Windows 'slacker clock' played havoc with my astronomy software lol.

    I have regretted a few things in my life, but I've never regretted switching to Ubuntu.
     
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    Appreciate the suggestion from personal results-all positive of course.

    Strange for me that before some useful Rescue Environments were pieced together into a cohesive package (Partition, Imaging Apps etc.) it ALWAYS fell to my Linux Mint on a thumb drive and saved Registry files to often pull Windows out of the abyss from not booting to GUI at all to scrambled eggs all over your desktop settings. Sometimes errors I encountered gave rise to a deep suspicion that O/S was purposed to either waste a customer/users time trying to reach critical settings that were HIDDEN or they just weren't intelligent enough as a team to refine a system framework into a much more dependable experience.

    Of course malwares absolutely smothered it in every conceivable fashion to bump the thing into the disapprovals column which they only recently got around to zipping up those open channels. I never encountered anything of the such with Linux but smooth sailing the times I tinkered with running it in routine daily manner.
     
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    I'm not sure what's going on at Planet Microsoft these days. I often wonder whether it's negligence, slacking, incompetence or something else. Their hegemony is slipping, which they also realise of course. I'm just glad that I'm now MS free.
     
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    You guys should move to the Northern Rivers where I live. :)

    We don't have issues with Win10 or Linux.
     
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    That would depend on whether users have or haven't installed or removed software packages. I've installed virtualization software and some ppas, including Google Chrome, on my Kubuntu 18.04. So, compared to someone who hasn't, I'd see more updates. Someone who has chosen a "minimal" install option (and not added more stuff) may see fewer updates.

    Needless to say, we'd all be provided with kernel updates and other security updates.
     
  16. guest

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    Ex-Win10 lover, Linux MX user here, beat Win10 to pulp.



    same here , now on MX, i just use Firejail or AppArmor; finish the AV circus BS with idiotic fanboys that has no clues about security.

    yep Open-source has advantages.

    same here, faster on my low-end machine than any Windows. MX uses XFCE, you won't find a lighter desktop.

    if used out-of-the-box, yes , but if you start going deeper, it is less simple.

    that i can't deny even if personally i never had issues (due to high maintenance of my static system) but my customers did have.

    yep, MS Q&A always sucked.


    same observation too.

    lol

    use KDE and Windows look like a neolithic system in term of design.

    i trust nothing, but that just me.:argh:
     
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    You probably made a good choice of distro. There are bleeding-edge distros with updates that are buggier than Windows.
     
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    Installing (MBR) MX Linux is the scariest of them all. I want to install Grub into the root partition and not into the MBR. You aren't asked for the Grub install position until the Linux install has completed. All other Linux installs ask for the Grub position prior to the Linux install.

    Now I know.
     
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    @guest what made you choose MX Linux?
     
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    MX = Xfce, so extremely low on resources and snappy.

    It is just plain simple, efficient , easy to use, with all the tools I need.

    You have a review of it in here, check the Linux section.
     
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    I just couldn't face even trying Windows again. :eek:

    Windows security (or lack of) was a constant source of anxiety. :doubt:

    Its main advantage being that it isn't Microsoft. :thumb:

    I was gobsmacked on how it transformed my old laptop. :D

    You could say the same for Windows though. I don't know a great deal about Linux but I've managed to run it successfully over a period of several years. The Ubuntu forums really are helpful. I can't say the same for Microsoft. Their usual response to any problem enquiry was: 'Are you running Norton AV?'. :argh:

    Updating problems with Linux are usually because of incompatible hardware in my experience. Once you run Linux on a computer that is deliberately Linux compatible (like many Lenovo machines) there are no real problems. :)

    Sucked big time! :mad:

    Vista was pretty. Unfortunately it ran pretty awfully. Ubuntu isn't the best looking distro, but I like its general overall appearance. :cool:

    I'm with you on that. I tend to trust Shuttleworth as Ubuntu is basically a vanity project for him. He's rich anyway, he just seems to want there to be a viable (and freeware) alternative to Mac and Windows, especially for average home users. AFAIK he's never made petty verbal attacks and insinuations against MS as they did to Canonical. I honestly don't think MS give a rodent's derriere about their customers anymore. It isn't the beanies, weenies or meanies. It's just MS! :isay:
     
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    I'm sure there are. I'm still pretty convinced a major factor with problematical Linux updates is hardware compatibility.
     
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    I installed an Ubuntu version of Chrome and I haven't had to install a ppa to get updates.
     
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    I use both Windows 10 Pro N and Parrot Linux, and the primary reason for using the latter for browsing is because WDAG doesn't give a duck about working anymore. Uploaded logs and all that to the feedback hub. Microsoft responded like 6 months ago, then silence.

    I have a really fast computer with an SSD with about 1 gig read speed so I don't really notice any difference in speed between the two. Might consider switching to Parrot Linux entirely if they ever get Office 365 support, and video game support for GOG games.
     
  25. vasa1

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    Please post the output of
    Code:
    apt policy google-chrome*
    and
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    grep -Ev '(^#|^ *$|deb-src)' /etc/apt/sources.list /etc/apt/sources.list.d/* | grep google
     
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