Linked by Allen Boyles on Mon 7th Nov 2011 09:46 UTC
Graphics, User Interfaces In the commercial software world, user interfaces are generally designed by one group. Like Microsoft for Windows or Apple for Mac OS. Those desktop environments were designed by one company who did things like user testing and statistical analysis to try and make the desktop they thought would work best. Linux is different. Large groups definitely DO perform user testing and statistical analysis, but one group can also say "Here's what we want" and, if they have the ability to code it, their idea comes into being. It's pretty amazing, when you think about it. Linux lets people create what they want. If you don't like what's out there, fork it! Or start from scratch! You're in control!
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by Hiev on Mon 7th Nov 2011 18:00 UTC
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After years of trying out the linux desktop I finally made the complete switch 2 weeks ago,there are some applications that I was using already on windows so there where no problem using them in linux and there are others that didn't existed but there was an alternative application for it, here is the list of those applications and its linux alternatives I'm now using:

Windows - Linux
Windows 7 - Ubuntu with GNOME-Shell
Virtual box - Virtual box
IE9 - Firefox
VNC Viewer - XVnc4Viewer
Terminal Server Client - rdesktop
PeaZip - File Archiver
Windows Media Player - Totem / RhythBox
Windows Live Messenger - Empathy
Firebird SQL - Firebird SQL
FlameRobin - FlameRobin
Skype - Skype

What is crucial to me is hardware detection, if the distro detects all your hardware then 80% of the migration work is done.

Edited 2011-11-07 18:01 UTC

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