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[2]: I couldn't agree more
by djohnston on Mon 26th Nov 2012 16:15 UTC in reply to "RE: I couldn't agree more"
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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.

I think you're grasping at straws here. I wasn't referring to a dead hard drive. I was referring to moving a hard drive from one motherboard to another and proceeding without interruption, as indicated by this portion of Howard's article:

My motherboard died last summer. I removed the boot disk from the dead system and plopped it into another, then booted that Linux instance on the target computer. Problem solved! Windows won't let you do this.

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RE[3]: I couldn't agree more
by helf on Mon 26th Nov 2012 18:50 in reply to "RE[2]: I couldn't agree more"
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You actually *can* do this with windows, I have done it numerous times.

Guess what, I did this with BeOS even longer ago.

No one cares. This shouldn't be a feature point on a chart. It should be assumed that a system is designed well enough to cope with such a change.

I just recently did the swapping to get both crunchbang and windows 7 installed on an old laptop of mine that doesnt support USB booting ;) "hurray".

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lucas_maximus Member since:

The problem is that it is pretended as though it is a Linux/*nix only trait.

When in fact any OS can be setup to do it. My criticism is not with the OS it is with the article that pretends that a major selling point of an alternative OS is this ... when it tbh it isn't.

Edited 2012-11-26 23:07 UTC

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lucas_maximus Member since:

Still can be done on modern Windows without many problems other than that you run with no Hardware acceleration for a while.

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