Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:05 UTC, submitted by Luis
Linux Complaining about Windows Vista is a national past time on Internet forums these days. Windows Vista 'costs too much', 'has onerous product activation', 'requires too much hardware', etc. These complaints are often followed up by a very simple boast: 'I'm just going to switch to Linux'. But in today's landscape, how viable is that statment? Is the threat to switch to Linux an empty one, or is it entirely possible?"
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Talk of going to linux
by TaterSalad on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:36 UTC
TaterSalad
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2005-07-06

I hear this a lot, many people on forums and boards will say they are switching to linux and giving up Windows completely forever but rarely does anyone do it. I usually say sure you will, then 6 months down the road its "well I had to download patches for windows yesterday!". I thought you gave up windows 6 months ago? Even if it is possible to use strictly linux there is a lot of talk about switching but no action.

Edited 2007-03-07 18:43

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RE: Talk of going to linux
by twenex on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:44 in reply to "Talk of going to linux"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

many people on forums and boards will say they are switching to linux and giving up Windows completely forever but rarely does anyone do it.

Speak for yourself. The only computers I use Windows on are the ones I can't put Linux on. And the reasons I can't are responsibility-, not tech-, related. And so it has been for 8 years now.

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RE[2]: Talk of going to linux
by tomcat on Wed 7th Mar 2007 23:16 in reply to "RE: Talk of going to linux"
tomcat Member since:
2006-01-06

Welcome to the sub-3% club.

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RE: Talk of going to linux
by jcinacio on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:50 in reply to "Talk of going to linux"
jcinacio Member since:
2006-03-12

I can be wrong, but i don't think anyone would switch back to windows after 3 months of using Linux unless...

like it's been said before: games are to be blamed it.

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RE: Talk of going to linux
by tjolley on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:57 in reply to "Talk of going to linux"
tjolley Member since:
2006-03-14

It is entirely possible to dump Windows.

I Dumped Windows 2 years ago. The only place I use Windows is at work where I have no choice - but I use open source apps wherever possible.

My main workstation is a Mac, my laptop Runs OpenSuse 10.2, and I have a server running Novell Open Enterprise Server (based on SuSE Linux Enterprise Server)

Thinking I would 'need' Windows, I even put boot camp on my Mac..LOL what a waste of space..I've never booted into Windoze since installing it and testing it.

Heck, after I started using open source applications: OpenOffice (and I write tech documentation for work - thousands of pages, so don't tell me OO doesn't work or isn't up to the task), FireFox, Operal, 7-Zip, Gaim, etc,etc,etc.. I found the OS irrelevant, so I switched to better OS's that I don't have to worry about viri, etc.

I have yet to find a reason to 'Need' Windows..just doesn't exist for me. If I want to play games, I fire up the game console, or run the Linux versions of the game or run them in Wine, if I must - but I find I rarley play games.

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RE[2]: Talk of going to linux
by TaterSalad on Wed 7th Mar 2007 19:20 in reply to "RE: Talk of going to linux"
TaterSalad Member since:
2005-07-06

I never said it was impossible, just said people talk a big game about dumping windows then never do.

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RE[2]: Talk of going to linux
by isaba on Thu 8th Mar 2007 13:30 in reply to "Talk of going to linux"
isaba Member since:
2006-12-30

I completely agree.

As a linux user I see that most people who show interest in Linux -and even say that they´re fed up and will abandon windows- just try one liveCD or two, then think it is slow, they do not find programs where they think they should be, find out that some browser plug-ins are missing, then try to watch a DVD, then...

These people fear change, they fear making a partition for dual-booting, they think they will spoil information on their HDs. In short: even well intentioned (towards linux)people have too many mental barriers to demolish. They just do not dare to change. That's the problem (imho). They have to cope with lots and lots and lots of problems with Windows, but cannot bear a small fail in linux.
And all the previous is about people who really want to make a try, most people do not. It is not a problem of software nor knowledge, it is a matter of following-or-not the herd.

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