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Apparently, Linux is the anti-wrinkle cream of the IT world.

“Mind you, I can’t abandon Windows altogether. Not only do I write about it for a living, I also rely heavily on certain features and programs not currently available in Linux.”

Sure, if by breathing “new life into an old and/or slow PC” you mean you can make it all of the sudden run faster or rise all those busted electro-caps from the ashes.

“[O]r you’re just tired of paying for operating systems[...]”

So you have got compulsive OS upgrading behaviors. Understood.

“My Linux 'distro’ of choice is Ubuntu, which is quick and easy to install and about as user-friendly as they come. Right out of the “box,” it has everything you need to do, well, just about everything. There’s Firefox for Web browsing, LibreOffice (an OpenOffice variant) for word processing and spreadsheets, Banshee Media Player for music, and even Ubuntu One for online backups (you get 2GB free!).”

Notice all those bottles of O’Realy Whachamacallit Oxygen-Breathing Magic on your missus’ vanity stand? Yep, just keep rubbing them in and all your inevitable problems of aging will totally vanish in thin air.

“The OS is admirably fast, too. I’m running it on a 3-year-old Acer laptop that came with Vista. It took forever to boot and was just maddeningly sluggish overall.”

Well, as someone who has been using Vista for some years, all I can say is, “If your install happens to get slower and slower over time, then you are most certainly the one to blame.”

Seriously.

#1 Posted by KOMMENTER on Jul 5, 2011 12:17 PM

“[O]r you’re just tired of paying for operating systems[...]”

Yeah… I never payed for windows, came with the PC you know?

“My Linux 'distro’ of choice is Ubuntu, which is quick and easy to install and about as user-friendly as they come.”

How’s unity working out for you?
Most people seem to think it’s the most broken piece of failure ever invented.

“Right out of the “box,” it has everything you need to do, well, just about everything. There’s Firefox for Web browsing, LibreOffice (an OpenOffice variant) for word processing and spreadsheets, Banshee Media Player for music, and even Ubuntu One for online backups (you get 2GB free!).”

Firefox -> Available on windows together with a ton of other browsers, here in europe windows even lets you choose which one you want.

LibreOffice -> Available on windows and runs even better. In case you actually want to work you have the option of paying for Microsoft Office.

Banshee -> Windows Media Player?

Ubuntu One -> Dropbox = 5GB, cross platform, just plain better.

They’re not packed with windows since MICROSOFT WOULD GET SUED IF THEY DID.

“The OS is admirably fast, too. I’m running it on a 3-year-old Acer laptop that came with Vista. It took forever to boot and was just maddeningly sluggish overall.”

My 3 year old crap pc came with vista, it was slow, then came a certain service pack, then it was ok. Then I put 2GB of ram, then it was FAST.

#2 Posted by ChrisTX on Jul 5, 2011 8:58 PM

Haha, check out the linked post http://www.bnet.com/blog/businesstips/linux-vs-windows-should-your-office-make-the-switch/11688

“Ubuntu has its oddities like any other OS. Every time I boot up, for example, a dialog asks me for my “login keyring.” I have no idea what that is or how to get rid of it. Also, the Pinta Image Editor program I installed routinely crashes when I exit.”

Typical behavior. Windows solved the issue using DPAPI over a decade ago.

“I’ve yet to find a decent VPN client that will let me connect to the one corporate network I need for one of my blogs. Consequently, I have to return to a Windows machine to get that part of my job done. I’m sure there’s a viable utility out there; I just haven’t found it.”

Y U NO OPENVPN?!

“There’s no iTunes for Linux, meaning I can’t sync my iPhone or iPad. That’s a pretty major obstacle, though Apple’s forthcoming iCloud may solve that problem.”

Oh I’d be willing to bet that won’t do it.

“There’s no Outlook for Linux, either, which may be a dealbreaker for some users. The rest of Office is decently represented by the bundled LibreOffice suite, which includes word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations. Likewise, there’s Evolution for e-mail, calendaring, and contact management — but the program’s a lightweight compared with Outlook.”

Evolution a 'lightweight’ ? Trolling hard ?

Also, seems that 'decent’ is a stretchable word.

#3 Posted by reactosguy on Jul 5, 2011 9:51 PM

“If you install happens to get slower and slower over time, then you are most certainly the one to blame.”

“The OS is admirably fast, too. I’m running it on a 3-year-old Acer laptop that came with Vista. It took forever to boot and was just maddeningly sluggish overall.”

Then use msconfig and get rid of any sh*tty piles you don’t want on startup.

“My Linux 'distro’ of choice is Ubuntu, which is slow and hard to install and about as user-friendly as DOS. Right out of the “box,” it has nothing you need to do, well, just about nothing. There’s Firepox for Web bluffing, Cr apOffice (a Sh itOffice variant) for porn processing and threadsheets, Pornshee Media Player for DOS music that sucks huge c0cks, and even Ubuntu One for online f*ckups (you get 2KB for a trillion dollars!).”

^Fixed

“[O]r you’re just tired of paying for operating systems[...]”

Then earn more money dammit

“Mind you, I can’t abandon Windows altogether. Not only do I write about it for a living, I also rely heavily on certain features and programs not currently available in Linux.”

LOL. Hypocrisy in an instant.

How hilarious.

#4 Posted by administrator on Jul 6, 2011 12:49 AM

But wait, I thought real writers didn’t use Windows!

Who exactly gets “tired of paying” for Windows? For most people, it just came with their computer. For many of them, they’re still running XP. With release spans of 3-5 years between versions, it’s difficult to understand why anyone could “get tired of paying” in such a long time span.

Besides, the retail (not even OEM) cost of a Windows 7 license is $130 for the upgrade, or $200 for the full version. The OEMs that come with computers are even cheaper. Amortize that cost over 3 years and you’re paying literally pennies a day.

That daily latte could buy you 10 Windows licenses in the same time period.

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