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Windows 7: Should I download linux?

03 Aug 2012   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 
Should I download linux?

Apparently it's a good bulletproof system why wouldn't I get that? I like playing games but surely I could make that happen with some tweaking.

Anyone else use linux?

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03 Aug 2012   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

A Live Linux CD is always handy for dealing with annoying Windows problems.

I don't think that many PC games are available for Linux.

You'll probably have to run a Windows VM.
I've got an XP VM which runs my old games without problems in Ubuntu 10.04 LTS (64 bit).
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03 Aug 2012   #3

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I don't play games butI do keep a copy of Ubuntu on disc so that if I have a problem with booting up a PC, whether it be mine or someone else's I can always run Ubuntu from the disc and get to all the data files without booting up Windows. Would recommend this to anyone as a safeguard.
You can run Ubuntu from the disc to see how you get on with it! No need to install. You should get the choice when you load the disc!
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03 Aug 2012   #4

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

I made a bootable USB pendrive Knoppix recently using the free tool from

Boot and run Linux from a USB flash memory stick | USB Pen Drive Linux

and its kinda fun. Comes with Open Office and the Photoshop-like Gimp, which is remarkably good. Needs a fairly modern pc that will boot from USB.
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03 Aug 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

You have to be careful and make sure that you choose a "high" performance USB stick.

I installed Ubuntu on my 4 GB USB stick, but it actually ran a lot (and I mean a lot!) slower than the Live CD!
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03 Aug 2012   #6

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Fair point, but I actually used a cheap slow pen drive for the Knoppix and it seems ok. Slow USBs tend to be slow in the write dept which isn't the issue here.

One advantage of USB is that settings etc can be stored. I downloaded Flash to test the Knoppix browser with YouTube and Flash was still there on next boot. I believe I created a persistence file or something that remembers settings. I was also surprised at how Knoppix had drivers for LAN, sound and my HD monitor ! Most codecs seem to be there as well - since the OS can see my Windows files, I tried a few movies out.

I also had a go with Ubuntu, but it wouldn't load. Someone told me this was because Ubuntu didn't like my 12GB ram.

Anyhow, for the OP - since these distros are free, grab a few and experiment. Live CD/USB won't touch your Windows files.
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03 Aug 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techpro View Post
Apparently it's a good bulletproof system why wouldn't I get that?
It's got a rather steep learning curve for anybody coming from a lifelong experience with Windows. If you have previous Unix experience, it won't be that difficult to get used to.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techpro View Post
I like playing games but surely I could make that happen with some tweaking.
Depends upon the game, your hardware, and how much time you will dedicate to getting a game for Windows running on another OS. Personally, for people who game, I strongly suggest that they keep a Windows box around just for that. Use Linux for the other things.



Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by techpro View Post
Anyone else use linux?
Yes, I use it a ton and support it at work. Have been using it since 1998 or so.
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03 Aug 2012   #8

Windows 7 Home premium 64bit SP1
 
 

Yeah I use it on my other pc,installed linux on it and it's not to hard to learn to use it.
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03 Aug 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 16 MATE (64 bit)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed View Post
Fair point, but I actually used a cheap slow pen drive for the Knoppix and it seems ok. Slow USBs tend to be slow in the write dept which isn't the issue here.
It was strange.
My USB version would get to the early splash screen quicker than the Live CD, but then it seemed to hang for a couple of minutes.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed View Post
One advantage of USB is that settings etc can be stored.
Agreed.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 3D Jed View Post
Anyhow, for the OP - since these distros are free, grab a few and experiment. Live CD/USB won't touch your Windows files.
Agreed.
IMO, Linux Mint 13 (MATE) seems like a promising distro.
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03 Aug 2012   #10

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Yep I have mine on CD but cannot get it to install from it to make a dual boot on some old machines I am working on - nice handy app though for when the old Windows is kicking up
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