Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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RE: I couldn't agree more
by lucas_maximus on Sat 24th Nov 2012 21:14 UTC in reply to "I couldn't agree more"
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Switched from WindowsXP to Linux over 10 years ago. I've never looked back. And, you're right about the hard drive swap from one motherboard to another. I've done the same several times now.

What happens if the hardrive goes?

You can be back up and running with Windows or any other operating system if you plan for it.

Even if the video driver at bootup is for a different card than the original, the OS will switch automatically to a generic vesa or other generic driver.

Windows Vista/7 and 8 can also deal with that. I have had the same Windows installation cross motherboard hardware ... the only common denominator was the processor was intel.

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