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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RE: Talk of going to linux
by tjolley on Wed 7th Mar 2007 18:57 UTC 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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Doc Pain Member since:
2006-10-08

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

That's correct as far as I experienced. Ut seems to be because of all these little problems, such as a serial mouse not working, a video card not supported or no idea how to install a scanner driver.

As it has been mentioned before, the myth of "But I need it!" is one of the main reasons. Most people treat their PC as a better typewriter, some use it as a gaming console. They simply do not know about alternatives, they don't care about security (their own and the one of others) and they expect everything to work by itself.

Most people (at least here in Germany) use pirated software, famous programs they get from their neighbors, coworkers, friends. This software is the reason they use "Windows", it's not the OS itself they're interested in.

So I could say about Linux (as it has been said about MacOS X): The underlying OS is nearly irrelevant as long as there's a GUI and all the functionalities (not "all the particular programs"!) available. And regarding Linux, it is, that's a fact.

I've installed SuSE Linux (one year ago) on my father's laptop. Until now, he even does not know he's not running "Windows", and he hasn't had any problem using the machine. To add a personal line, I didn't own and use any MICROS~1 product for all my life. Maybe I'm a bit old fashioned. :-)

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RE[3]: Talk of going to linux
by twenex on Thu 8th Mar 2007 20:55 in reply to "RE[2]: Talk of going to linux"
twenex Member since:
2006-04-21

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

Yeah, and your BS has been called, not solely by me.

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