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I am about to make the the bold step of ditching Windows in favour of Linux.


I have been running a dual boot machine with Ubuntu and Windows for about 6 months and realised that I very rarely use Windows now, and when I do it irrates me so much.


All the annoying little pop ups;


You have unused icons on your desktop;


Windows has detected new hardware, would you like installed?

Yes please,

Sorry windows can't find the drivers for your incredibly common printer, would you like to install it manually?

NO, but I will, now go away.


Windows has detected new hardware, would you like it installed?

NO! :evil:


Windows has been updated and the update requires a restart, would you like to restart now or later?

Later, i'm busy.


2 mins later......


Windows has been updated and the update and requires a restart, would you like to restart now or later? :evil:


Windows needs to be rebooted everytime it does anything. :evil:


You have to click Start to shut down and then it asks you if you are sure you want to shut down!!


Er, no I just clicked that for a laugh! :evil:


Then theres the retarded paper clip in office!


Looks like you are writing a suicide note would you like help with this?


How would you like to kill yourself? pills? rope? Beachy Head? :D


And you have to buy software to do stuff that windows should already do! Like burn DVD's for instance. :evil:


Anyway, I am about to order a new desktop and laptop from Dell pre-installed with Ubuntu 7.04 I can't wait. Bring on the penguins!


No more virus worries. :D


Are there any more Linux fans on here?



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OH does Linux for a living. As a result all computer run linux, whether I want them to or not :?

I can even do basic command line stuff and edit some sed and awk scripts :clap:

At least my whole system doesn't clog up and need re-installing now I'm on Linux :D and OH claims it is unusual that open office crashes for me :? I like open office, anyway and have been on Firefox for ages.


You can get Linux to do anything you want :D but on the downside if you want something very specialised (endnote, Biochem programmes) someone like OH has to fiddle with it, or you have to blankly search on the Internet to find it. :roll:

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I was first introduced to the world of linux by my Auntie who wanted a computer for nothing, not a problem as me and my bro's had enough spare parts to build one. Then she said she didn't want to pay for software, again not a problem if you don't mind breaking the law. She did!


So what do you do for the girl who want's it all for free, yes Linux.


So I spent hours learning a new language, ( I was comfortable with command line DOS and UNIX but that was sooooooooooo long ago) anyway I installed it on her free machine and was so impressed I put it on ours too. She has had a few probs which I have managed to sort out via Ubuntu forums, yes she expected free IT support too.


I dread to think how long I would have spent trying to sort out a hooky version of XP for her. I have always paid top dollar for the Windows operating system rather then using dodgy ones.


although i hated the aggro at the time my beloved aunt did me a favour.



I know from experience that if Linux goes wrong you are left with a command line, which is scary to the uninitiated.


But there is more help available online than you would ever get from Windows experts.


The only problem I have is a replacement for AutoCad which I think I have solved with Varicad.



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It's all a foreign language to me Kev. I haven't understood a word...apart from "Auntie". :lol:


Yes I know what you mean! Chochick would find more useful programs for Linux than Windows, If you want to play games Windows is the way, if you want to do serious work Linux provides software for free developed by like minded scientists. From my point of view, I just like the fact fact it works without bugging me, comes complete with software which would cost hundreds to buy on top of windows.


AutoCad and Varicad are engineering drafting programs BTW.


I miss drawing boards and pencils, that was artistic, having said that reminising (sp) isn't what it was. :lol:



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your posts as funny as ever Kev, says me trying hard to get used to Vista :lol:


Thought I'd share this with you all, your post reminded me of it




For all of us who feel only the deepest love and affection for the way computers have enhanced our lives, read on.


At a recent computer expo (COMDEX), Bill Gates reportedly compared the computer industry with the auto industry and stated, "If GM had kept up with the technology like the computer industry has, we would all be driving $25.00 cars that got 1,000 miles to the gallon".


In response to Bill's comments, General Motors issued a press release stating: If GM had developed technology like Microsoft, we would all be driving cars with the following characteristics:


1. For no reason whatsoever, your car would crash twice a day.


2. Every time they repainted the lines in the road, you would have to buy a new car.


3. Occasionally your car would die on the freeway for no reason. You would have to pull over to the side of the road, close all of the windows, shut off the car, restart it, and reopen the windows before you could continue. For some reason you would simply accept this.


4. Occasionally, executing a maneuver such as a left turn would cause your car to shut down and refuse to restart, in which case you would have to reinstall the engine.


5. Macintosh would make a car that was powered by the sun, was reliable, five times as fast and twice as easy to drive - but would run on only five percent of the roads.


6. The oil, water temperature, and alternator warning lights would all be replaced by a single "This Car Has Performed An Illegal Operation" warning light.


7. The airbag system would ask "Are you sure?" before deploying.


8. Occasionally, for no reason whatsoever, your car would lock you out and refuse to let you in until you simultaneously lifted the door handle, turned the key and grabbed hold of the radio antenna.


9. Every time a new car was introduced car buyers would have to learn how to drive all over again because none of the controls would operate in the same manner as the old car.


10. You'd have to press the "Start" button to turn the engine off.


I love it :D




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has been doing the rounds... (but still leaves linux users sounding as smug as mac-users do!! 8)




If Operating systems ran the airlines...


UNIX Airways


Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing non-stop about what kind of plane they are supposed to be building.




Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and so on ...


Mac Airlines


All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are gently but firmly told that you don't need to know, don't want to know, and everything will be done for you without your ever having to know, so just shut up.


Windows Air


The terminal is pretty and colorful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.


Windows NT Air


Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.


Linux Air


Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself. When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the Seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"

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very true, and if I had the time to fiddle, I'd probably be on Linux at home - I like the challange, but we're stuck with Windows at work and it's total pants. My current work machine is being replaced today :D because it keeps crashing, so when the IT support bod has transferred over all the data, I am going to strip this machine down, reload it and see if I cam get it to play my way :roll:


Phil (being an illustrator) uses a Mac (two in fact) with twin processors, liquid cooling and fancy lights - they both look very flash, have enormous screens, but he uses a tablet and I can't get to grip awith it :oops:

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Well the laptop has arrived, I am typing on it now! And the desktop is due any minute!


Dell told me that delivery would be the 30th, so not bad really!


I haven't managed to connect to the web via wireless, I can't remember the passkey! It is a rubbish router anyway, Belkin, stay well clear they are spectacularly rubbish! It didn't work very well with Windows either. Try to download anything and it falls over.


So once the other machine turns up I am going Router shopping. Can anyone recommend one? particularly Linux users.





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I would recommend Netgear......Good overall and not hugely expensive.......Not sure how they work with Linux, but that should be an issue, Neatgear are massive.......


I would be really interested on what brower you are using with linux and if you are using some kind of x-windows to run everything on........

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Does that version of linux have some kind of x-windows interface though?


The reason I ask is that I want to run an asterisk phone system but they come with various different versions of linux and I wanted to know the easiest way of accessing the net as well.......as the computer would be a waste just using it as a phone system.......

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I'm not sure if I have your drift here but if you want to run Windows apps from X then there is a program called Wine, which is a windows emulator I think??? runs on top of X Not sure if thats what you need, but it works for a lot of things apparently.


I am a bit new to Linux but I like it more and more the more I use it more, OK too many mores!! :lol:



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