Windows to Linux





Introduction: Windows to Linux

Just wondering whether this could be the start of something interesting to anyone. I think there are other people who run Windows just out of habit.



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    Honest advice: Don't move to Linux if you are going to use commercial softwares like MS Office, Photoshop, etc... There are alternatives but not the exact ones.

    The only reason to move to or start with Linux is that you don't have any money for Windows and didn't get preinstalled windows with your machine and are a good citizen so don't do piracy.

    If you do go with Linux, choose Linux Mint and not Ubuntu, it's basically the same thing with common softwares installed.
    Remember, Linux will give you a lot more power, but with great powers comes great responsibility.

    I like Linux. Personally, all the computers I own are Linux, the slow one I use now runs Mint 14 with Cinnamon on it. It does all you need, it's free and its the closest you can get to windows while still using Linux.
    The other two, use Ubuntu with the Gnome 3.6 Shell on it and numerous other extensions. It's more customizable, I like that. But, the majority of programs on the internet are designed with Windows in mind. Porting can be slow but waiting is worth it. Sometimes, Wine just doesn't stack up. All in all, I recommend Linux over anything I've ever used.

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    I like both Linux and Windows but have never got into MAC so I don't really care for it

    Transitioning can be a bit difficult, but it's well worth it, and now it's easier than some years ago. You have a multitude of distros to choose from, and what's more important, the hardware support is way better. You'll usually have your GNU running out of the box.

    As for me, I used Linux for the first time when in high school; there was a series of extracurricular classes about networking/IT/Linux at university, and I attended. We used Knoppix live CD's there. I had some contact with Linux CLI at technical university too, but I didn't learn too much then. Later - in 2008 or so - I set up a dual boot WinXP/Mandriva, but preferred the former. In 2010 I started having more than two computers and needed something to act as a router; I had an old dual PIII server, installed IPCop and practiced some things in tty. In 2012, I got a job as a tech support engineer in a telecom company and that's where real learning started! I got to choose an OS when I came there, and gladly sticked with Fedora 16. Some weeks later I installed Debian wheezy at home and totally got rid of Windows. I use Wine for running apps for it - mostly games, as I'm quite a big Portal geek :).

    And - by the way: if you're keen on using Wine for gaming, go for Ubuntu or Fedora. They get updates, and you want that, since new versions of Wine are released bi-weekly. I use Debian testing (wheezy) and there's an old stable wine-1.4 in repositories; anything newer is in sid (unstable), and I wouldn't recommend using unstable for beginner users, unless they really want to learn a lot and solve occassional problems with OS. It's best to set up a i386 rather than amd64 system... unless your distro has a good multiarch support, and I guess it's not a problem nowadays.

    Oh, I forgot... Mint is Ubuntu based, just has a bit friendlier interface and adds that closed source stuff to make for an easier install. It pretty much just works right from the CD! For single core computers I suggest going no higher than Mint 9. Later versions like a bit more power...

    I have to second the use of Linux Mint ( It was designed to be easy to use and contain all the codecs and drivers most people need -- don't have to search them out and install them! That does mean that there is some proprietary stuff included though (but free to use). I have no issue with that! I set an older P4 computer up for my wife with Mint 9 on it several years ago. If she could use it, anyone could! Her only complaint was she couldn't run a few simple picture search games with it, and she had never used anything but Windows! WINE will run many Windows programs on Linux, but not all. Virtual Box solved that without too much added complexity.

    straight linux mint 14 cinnamon with mint menu cinnamon settings play on linux and wine the easiest to use most stable easy to learn from windows and windows compatible system ive ever used love it

    went from windows to linux about 2 years ago. the main advantage for me is control. mr gates is perfect for a one size fits all. with linux, each user can customize your os as much or as little as you want. i prefer dsl (damm small linux) for recovering older laptops, your complete operating system can load to ram.. very small, killer fast.. under ten seconds to boot.. another thing worth mentioning, i can go months between reboots.. do not try that with windows..