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Windows 7: Five operating system alternatives to Windows 8 and XP


10 Apr 2013   #21

W7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Golden View Post
I think that idea is antiquated.....some very large organisation seem to be doing very well indeed.

List of Linux adopters - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
All these businesses use special software made just for them... so they can use any OS and also maintain it themselves and likely write their own version of Linux. This may be feasible and useful for Google, or Amazon. but 99% of the businesses rely on off-the shelf applications and even if it is just for interoperability with their environment, who use windows applications.

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10 Apr 2013   #22

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Whether we like it or not there ISN'T any alternative to Windows and there really isn't likely to be any either.
I disagree....there are several excellent distributions around, and its far easier than it used to be, or is made out to be.

Try LinuxMint14 or Zorin....it has almost everything the home user needs.
And I absolutely agree with you as well. Jimbo you seem to like Windows 8 too much. I have tried 7 or 8 distros in the last few weeks on VM and on the HD booting. Things just work. They even have one click installs. Linux has really grown up and as far as this old Geek is concerned is a viable alternate to Windows 7 ONCE that reaches end of life. If M$ goes the way of Active Desktop 95 Version 2 TIFKAM I will be on Linux running a locked down Windows 7 for compatibility. 7 years time I'll be using my 24 core 6 GHZ CPU with 2 TB of Ram and running VM will be child's play. (Got to get those specs past the wife first but just look back 7 years and see what I mean).
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10 Apr 2013   #23

W7 X-64 RTM,SUSE 11.1, XP PRO SP3 as a VM, VMware ESXi
 
 

Hi there
I never said anything about Windows 8 - I merely said that IMO there isn't any alternative in the corporate world - or even as a non technical home user to Windows (other than APPLE). Keep using Windows XP if you like or even THIS version (scr shot enclosed).


Running various Linux distros on a VM is totally different to running REAL HARDWARE. For example have you managed to stream Music / Video content from your Linux VM to some real hardware.

The argument is NOT that Linux doesn't work -- it's about the SUITABILITY for it to REPLACE Windows -- and the mere fact you've used around a dozen different distros just proves the point -- how does a NON TECHNICAL user handle all this -- and for corporates it's on the whole a NON STARTER unless you employ some prohibitively expensive service organisation which pushes up the TCO to make it totally non worth while.

I LIKE Linux -- that's not the point -- we are discussing whether it is SUITABLE to replace windows and the practicality of being able to do it too.

Using the new printer example given above -- the user (remember non technical) has to know a) Which Linux Distro -- it might well have been modded by the initial OEM when the computer was bought, b) possibly the kernel release, c) the latest release level of the distro and possibly a whole slew of other stuff.

It's also possible that the new hardware driver won't be available on the distro the person is using.

Not only that -- having also used all sorts of Linuxes over the years the whole process of obtaining and updating software isn't one I'd recommend for non technical users-- it's easy for someone reasonably technical on this forum to say type sudo and aptget or whatever software distribution your distro uses to obtain and update its software but to avoid errors updating Linux systems the manual does need to be read carefully.

The Windows user doesn't have any of these problems -- in general the Windows drivers are usually (especially nowadays) available BEFORE the hardware hits the market place so it's no problem for the end user. I certainly as a manufacturer wouldn't want to maintin 24 different driver modules for all the most common distros out there.


Cheers
jimbo


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10 Apr 2013   #24

Windows 7 x64 and numerous virtual machines
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Hi there
I never said anything about Windows 8 - I merely said that IMO there isn't any alternative in the corporate world - or even as a non technical home user to Windows (other than APPLE).

Running various Linux distros on a VM is totally different to running REAL HARDWARE. For example have you managed to stream Music / Video content from your Linux VM to some real hardware.

The argument is NOT that Linux doesn't work -- it's about the SUITABILITY for it to REPLACE Windows -- and the mere fact you've had to try around a dozen different distros just proves the point -- how does a NON TECHNICAL user handle all this -- and for corporates it's on the whole a NON STARTER unless you employ some prohibitively expensive service organisation which pushes up the TCO to make it totally non worth while.

I LIKE Linux -- that's not the point -- we are discussing whether it is SUITABLE to replace windows and the practicality of being able to do it too.

Cheers
jimbo
Actually I tried that many as I could. Freedom of choice, choice is a good thing. OK so 45 versions of lettuce but I like Iceberg Lettuce anyhow. I was playing music last night in Mint on a VM. Kept cutting out. Not on the hard drive boot. I know this, when I run Windows 7 or 95 on a VM it does not run the same as actual hardware but gives me the ability to test and try stuff out. If I break it I can start over easily and not hose my system.
I have worked for 2 very large companies and one we were allowed to install anything we liked in our development group providing we had a licence for such. We were even given copies of OS's (Windows 2000 and XP Pro) and a company provided Virus Checker to put on our Home PC's if we wished. Oh happy days. The other machine was pretty much locked down on XP and not so much on Windows 7.
In my book all it would take was for an OEM like Dell Samsung et al to provide Linux instead of 8 at a really cheap cost and Linux would take off. I know this has been done before but things are different this time. My thoughts are that Blue will not fix 8 and we will see 7 back on machines in the stores for Xmas. If not M$ is doomed.
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10 Apr 2013   #25

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Windows XP SP3, Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit)
 
 
Windows Software Repository?

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Unless you are a "techie" Linux is NEVER going to become mainstream -- never mind how good or bad it is there are just TOO MANY different distros, no central software repositories or no central update mechanism -- this would be a total DISASTER for any type of central IT dept. (Servers are another issue -- but you have large corporate suppliers like Red Hat).
A "central IT department" would deploy the same version of Linux to everyone (just like with Windows) thus eliminating the repository/update issues.

It is a simple operation to point workstations at an address on a central server, to retrieve approved/tested updates.
The default repository addresses are just deleted or disabled.
That is how "my" TAFE handles Linux operating systems for the training various courses.

Unless you are referring to W8 Apps, where is the central software repository for Windows software?

Unlike Windows, Linux desktop and server versions are basically interchangeable.
You simply add or remove the appropriate modules (e.g. Apache).

Red Hat's info page specifically mentions servers and workstations.

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jimbo45 View Post
Not only that -- having also used all sorts of Linuxes over the years the whole process of obtaining and updating software isn't one I'd recommend for non technical users-- it's easy for someone reasonably technical on this forum to say type sudo and aptget or whatever software distribution your distro uses to obtain and update its software but to avoid errors updating Linux systems the manual does need to be read carefully.
That is only true if you want something that isn't in the Package Manager (which is a GUI on all the distros I've tried)

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The Windows user doesn't have any of these problems -- in general the Windows drivers are usually (especially nowadays) available BEFORE the hardware hits the market place so it's no problem for the end user.
That might be true if MS didn't screw around with the driver coding/model constantly.

For example, the sound driver for my 2 year old motherboard in W8:
W8DP: working
W8CP: broken
W8RP: broken
W8 Ent: working
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10 Apr 2013   #26

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

I like Microsoft and want them to do great in all markets they enter.
Through the years we have all seen some great things coming out of Microsoft. We have also seen some things from Microsoft that really didn't get the job done.
I think this kind of pattern would be in any company that was trying to please so many people and companies located all over the world.
I'm a home user and have never been in any I.T. department. I think I have above average knowledge of the use of a home computer system in some areas and lacking in other areas.
All this being said I don't remember Microsoft ever bringing out a new operating system that moved computing backwards. We have seen operating system that Microsoft put out but were not ready for prime time.
A SP or two and things worked for the home user and many companies.
Because of the quality of Windows 7 Microsoft really couldn't do a lot of improvements to improve sales.
Their next option was change.
Microsoft as well as many others seen the change in the market was going head strong to the new Poke and Go generation. Any company would be foolish not to want to be a big player in this up coming and growing market.
I guessing we can all understand that.
In my opinion Windows 8 was designed from the get go for the new Poke and Go mobile cell phones and tablets ect. market place. I think that is a great idea and I hope
Microsoft does great in this new market. Many PC and Laptop users have also join the Poke and Go crowd but they still use and love their PC's with Windows 7 installed.
Those such people can have it both ways.
At this point what choices does Microsoft have.
If they SP-2 Windows 7 that will slow sales of Windows 8 on PC/Laptops and SP's are free. Therefor no profit.
If they change Windows 8 to much they might loose market share in the Poke and Go people and products. These are billion dollar decisions.

To me the answer is simple; give the customers a choice.

Some will choose to install Windows 8 in the Poke and Go method on every piece of hardware. Mobile or otherwise.
Some will choose to install Windows 8 Poke and Go just on mobile hardware and install Windows 8 to be used in a traditions fashion on PC/Laptops.
That way Microsoft sales of a operating system for PC/Laptop would stay dominant and they could join the growing Poke and Go market at the same time.

Alternative free and paid for operating system have been out for a very long time and Microsoft still had a 90% plus market share. Microsoft must of been doing something right.
I would like to see Microsoft get back to the old way of doing things.
Make great products that people and companies want to buy.
Then we can get back to listing to people bitching about Microsoft is to big and strong and their isn't enough competition. The government should do something ect. ect. ect.
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10 Apr 2013   #27

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

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most wouldn't know how to use a console for the Bash commands which is a UNIX set unfamiliar to the basic dos commands
I really don't see that as an impediment for the average home user though........for example its safe to say most home users don't get deep into ICALCs from the Windows 7 command prompt.

If they don't in Windows 7, they don't need to in Linux.
And that would precisely the point. If they don't with Windows what happens to someone running an older release and something needs tending to at the console? With the latest releasse over the last couple of years on the other hand you wouldn't be confronted with the need for the console since many Linux apps are now seeing install options rather then the need to download and install manually. But for the most part Linux will likely retain the "Geek's OS" label it received a number of years ago.

Now for you jimbo45 know that a good number of businesses do run Linux on their servers! They only have one Red Hat release going back 10yrs. but they still use the freebie for the network and server side of things while the office machine will either see one of the other Big 3 OS namely Windows, Mac, and Solaris not Open Solaris(freebie) by SUN.

Actually when you get down to the very core of how many OSs look at what? MS came up with Windows while every other OS has one thing in common. They are UNIX based! It's just that with the Fruit company and SUN Microsystems the OS is tied to their brands of hardwares! Linux and Google besides tablet, phone for Google are two other UNIX based OSs.

The one thing most are unaware of is that there are some Linux distros you will find that are not free for home at all! When mentioning the Red Hat distros you won't find Mandriva formerly Mandrake on media free of charge. And businesses tend to support the Red Hat server side of the Linux community there to a degree while the bulk of the distros the typical user tries out are free to download and run. Commercial application like servers for corporations, large companies and home use are two different things entirely.
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12 Apr 2013   #28

Win7 64
 
 

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"They only have one Red Hat release going back 10yrs."
I wonder if they have found the need to "reboot the server" yet?

Mandriva server is available free "up to 5 users" but I think the main thing you are paying for is the support.

But then Linux admin's should be at least "RedHat Certified" so they would have a very good idea of what they are doing.


Also
the two major packages for source code are RPM or DEB.
You can build from source code to either package.
Or use a program called Alien to convert between packages.
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12 Apr 2013   #29

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, XP Mode, W8.1 Preview VM - 7 Pro x64 second remote tower
 
 

Well that's another thing to consider as well. There are IT personal at larger companies on the payroll to maintain the IT dept.s that have to be familiar with Linux from the get go in order to maintain things. Outside support for any distro would be for large scale application where you then see fees imposed.

The media still sees a price however to cover that type of expense while that may be the only way to get a certain flavor like good for 100 users type release over a freebie good for home server application. Prices on the commercial for business type releases which suggests prepackage Linux office apps not found in just your average download and needing to see a separate install but are all ready equipped would be the thing you would tend to see more of.

Those can range from $22 upwards of $140- depending on which flavor of the month. Several commercial distros can be looked over at http://www.linuxcentral.com/catalog/index.php3?cat[]=dist&subcat=a&id=C1Cn5C78jcRC2

Now when going backwards to the home page you then see the featured products like desktop releases including a business desktop release at http://www.linuxcentral.com/catalog/?cat[]=dist&id=C1CKPXTAJAHCA

You will notice that's one of the largeest vendors for finding a distro on cd or dvd there with just over 300 flavors some being dfferent releases for each of the distros they carry. Since most only see the freebies for download they would never realize how far that OS has gone as far as marketing.

Now is the few bucks for a cd just to cover the media and handling/shipping or something more when you see a price drop from $28 down to $10? Then you add the books to learn the OS and tricks to the list of things and sure enough you are still seeing a degree of marketing for a believed to be entirely free? OS.

Now the advantage for the programmers on the other hand is being able to build on existing source codes to modify things according to need as say for a specific application one business would have. That can save the effort and $$$ in having a totally separate software written up for other OSs(Windows, Mac, or ?).
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13 Apr 2013   #30

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1 64bit
 
 

my opinion only ... a little off topic for alternatives, but I guess I need to rant ...

I personally agree with all the reasons why Windows 8 is a loser from the perspective of a techie or someone who wants to do real work on a computer. My best guess is that MS wants part of the market share that others in the portable market enjoy.

Because I have much more contact with "the man in the street" than with what I prefer to call real computer users, I see the rationale behind my perceived reason for the MS move toward mobile OSes and desktop versions of the same. Culture as a whole has degraded into a mass interested in social and entertainment aspects of computing only.

How many people do I run into who don't have a smart phone? -- not many
How many of them are chronically texting? -- most of them
How many are addicted to sports, celebrity gossip, YouTube videos, etc.? -- quite a few
How many of them can type or properly communicate in complete sentences in written form? --very few

... and last, but not least ... Which market segment which will jump at the newest smart phone or tablet or newest (usually useless app) without regard to productivity issues? -- the same group

Businesses cannot afford to make continued migrations to unwarranted upgrades just to keep up with the newest technology when the old serves them perfectly well. Likewise, enterprise customeres are more apt to lean on developer support (read MS in this discussion) than the ordinary consumer/user. The result? ... Enterprise represents a smaller potential growth market with a larger expense for support. The (perceived) solution? ... Provide a desktop version of the portable OSes and gradually evolve to a totally cloud based computing environment. Gee! That decreases production and distribution costs. Sound familiar? -- To me it sounds like the next logical step after shipping computers without installation disks.

At the risk of sounding overly cynical, I will always trust large corporations to discover a method for achieving increased profits and ram that business model down the throat of the consumer. Then it is up to the marketers to provide the propaganda to convince the sheeple (not a typo) that it is what they really want.

My rule of thumb is when in doubt about changes (planned obsolescence), follow the money of the impulsive!!

irreverently submitted,
drpepper
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