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Windows 7: Windows 7 overtakes XP - finally

13 Oct 2011   #11
Maguscreed

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Windows 7 x64
 
 

I quit using linux distros after spending nearly 2 months trying to keep a stable wireless connection on my laptop with it.

Following massive amounts of assistance from the linux community trying everything I was directed to do verbatim then being told it only didn't work because I was doing it wrong. ...no never again. I have never encountered a problem in windows I couldn't solve within a matter of hours.

There is also the matter of me not owning a game console and thus my computer is my gaming device. Linux kind of kills that as well.


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13 Oct 2011   #12
serpentracer

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Maguscreed View Post
I quit using linux distros after spending nearly 2 months trying to keep a stable wireless connection on my laptop with it.

Following massive amounts of assistance from the linux community trying everything I was directed to do verbatim then being told it only didn't work because I was doing it wrong. ...no never again. I have never encountered a problem in windows I couldn't solve within a matter of hours.

There is also the matter of me not owning a game console and thus my computer is my gaming device. Linux kind of kills that as well.

holy cow I thought mine was the only one. If I leave it sit for 30 min it lost the connection and I can not get it to connect again unless I restart the computer

and not to mention the fact mine has a broadcom wireless card (pretty popular I'm told) and I had to spend days looking for and downloading packages after packages to get it to work.
pretty pathetic considering the computer came originally with xp home and I put pro without any service packs on it and I never had to download any special driver for it.
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13 Oct 2011   #13
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Linux gets overlooked on the market shares because its mostly free and don't require you to buy a license which is the basis of sales which then becomes the basis for market shares.

I'd assume when you guys talk about Linux, you are most likely talking about Ubuntu. I have quit on using Ubuntu cause the system on how I'm supposed to navigate through it doesn't suit me. I'm a Linux user as well as a Windows 7 user and first of all, I agree that Linux is no match to the feel of Windows 7. Its miles and miles away from the complexity and on how well Windows 7 is polished. But still I can't shake the feeling that other Linux distros, some with rather good or decent features often get overlooked. But Linux starts up and shuts down faster than Windows (Mine would shut down in 6 seconds).

However, I found a Linux distro called Linux Mint, from a source I read, its users are only 1/3 the number of Ubuntu users but this one is so much friendlier than Ubuntu for Windows migrants. I made a dual boot between Linux Mint 9 and Windows 7. I have a DSL connection and it works well with this distro as long as I follow the rules or else my connection would be so slow I can barely go to sites beyond Google. Here are the rules:

1. If I want to use Internet on Linux, I have to boot Linux first before Windows since I turned on the computer.

2. If if boot up Windows 7 first, but then I want to switch to Linux Mint, after I'm done using Windows 7, I have to shut down the computer, unplug it, unplug the power of my MODEM. Plug them again, turn on my computer then boot to my Linux Mint 9 then the Internet connection would be smooth.


I have observed the same rules if I want my DSL Internet to work on Ubuntu and other Linux distros as well.

Newer versions of Linux distros now come with the Software Manager that installs apps much easier than doing a lot of tricky installations of tons of packages and stuff. But this requires Internet connection of course cause the Software Manager downloads and installs apps automatically for you. This is another aspect about Linux that is often overlooked.

I have learned to deal with the Linux Mint distro and I use it almost everyday cause it also produces a slightly louder sound output than Windows. I listen to songs and if I need louder sound output, I use my Linux. Its not as good as Windows but for a free OS, its pretty decent so I don't bash Linux right now.
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13 Oct 2011   #14
echrada

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I think we all know that Linux and all its distros 'suck', even though the Linux world out there refuse to believe it.
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13 Oct 2011   #15
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Linux has a purpose, one which it is uniquely suited for, and quite possibly better at than any alternative available free or otherwise.
It's just not as an operating system for a home computer.
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13 Oct 2011   #16
ACR731

Win 7 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by serpentracer View Post
I don't mean to get this thread off track but, I don't see what everyone likes about linux. other than it's "free". all it has is a bunch of fluff that no one needs and linux nuts act like it's the greatest stuff since sliced bread.
ooohh, you have a useless 3d cube.
well I can add and remove icons from my desktop. you can't. a way more useful feature that everyone would use.
back to back ubuntu vs windows 7 everyone I've let use both said the linux sucked. (average joe public user)

and I pretty much agree. it lacks so much actual useful features out of the box that it's like playing on a windows 95 machine. and getting everything up and working takes hours of downloading missing packages and software to get stuff to work. for example, to get a firewire port to work you have to download ubuntu studio controls. some program that sounds like it has absoutly nothing to do with a firewire port has the only control to enable it. (roll eyes)
one look in a control panel of a windows 7 computer and you'll find 75% more settings than a linux installation offers.
and at least a windows install I can choose from hundreds of drivers for hardware. linux one or two.

I don't think Linux sucks. I have used an Ubuntu distro on numerous occasions and think its rather decent. However, the problem I have with it is that it is totally useless to me for everyday use. Every application I use is Windows based, and I also play games downloaded from GFWL or Steam. For those reasons a Linux CD would be used as nothing more than a coaster for my coffee mug.

Decent OS, but have no use for it. Same goes for running Mac OS in a virtual window. I've done it, but I have no real use for it and it isn't worth wasting my time tinkering with it.
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13 Oct 2011   #17
lhorwinkle

Win 7
 
 

The problem with Linux (on the desktop) is that it has no significant vendor push.

Microsoft and Apple are tuned into their customer base, and they try to cater to it. That's what any business tries to do.

What company is the proprietor of Linux? There isn't one. That's why it has gone almost nowhere (at least on the desktop).
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13 Oct 2011   #18
Vertex

Windows 7 Ultimate 32 Bit, Windows Developer Preview, Linux Mint 9 Gnome 32 Bit
 
 

Well, I totally disagree that Linux ultimately "sucks" because that's an understatement. I even use it if I'm handling potentially dangerous operations like removing malware from USB flasdrives because its immune to most malware. Believe me I've done that many times to rid off malware from my own flashdrive or other people's flashdrives. I just let the explorer on Linux show hidden files I manually delete these bad stuff without even using an antivirus. Its way too overlooked by many people.
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13 Oct 2011   #19
serpentracer

windows 7 ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Vertex View Post
Well, I totally disagree that Linux ultimately "sucks" because that's an understatement. I even use it if I'm handling potentially dangerous operations like removing malware from USB flasdrives because its immune to most malware. Believe me I've done that many times to rid off malware from my own flashdrive or other people's flashdrives. I just let the explorer on Linux show hidden files I manually delete these bad stuff without even using an antivirus. Its way too overlooked by many people.
that is one of the 2 or 3 useful things it's good for. lol
the other one I use it for is torrenting. I don't trust windows to not catch a std from another computer lol
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13 Oct 2011   #20
Maguscreed

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 x64
 
 

Funny I use the commonsense security suite with window (see - no active antivirus)
I have not gotten infected in nearly a decade.
I don' t know why people act like viral infection is an issue for anyone with any real level of computer experience.
...and yes I was even a member of the torrent community for awhile. Though admittedly it was mostly to support distros of open source stuff I liked.
Kind of got out when I realized how criminal the community really was.
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