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    Psioncy

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    Made the switch

    Post  Psioncy on Mon Feb 16, 2015 3:37 pm

    I don't even have the words to desribe how fed up I am with Windows 7.  I couldn't install XP on this machine, so I was stuck with this clunky buggy piece of shit called Windows 7.

    I remember sometime back Pi and I were talking about Linux.  And I hadn't used it for about a decade due to compatability issues.

    But then I considered what I'm doing on my PC nowadays, and it struck me that Linux might just work for my needs.

    So I installed Ubuntu and I've on it for about a week.  It has some striking pros and cons.

    Pros:  Boots and shuts down much much faster.  Apps load faster, and my CPU and HD aren't fiddling around constantly.  None of the problems I had with windows 7, like hanging when I switch between windows or between browser tabs.  It's fast like lightening and I love it!

    The display is great, much cleaner and more customizable than windows.  Their free office suite is just as good as Word and fully compatible with it.  You can run Firefox or Chrome linux versions, and they work far better than on windows.  So for web stuff alone it's really worth it.

    Everything is just way faster.  Videos never lag or hang, all the apps launch in a second or so.  I find I can run twice as many applications as I could on windows and the system still runs faster.

    Cons:  Compatability.  A lot of windows apps will work on Linux with Wine... maybe.  It's a crapshoot.  If they do, great.  But otherwise you're in for some frustration. I haven't had any luck with my Tomb Raider 4 games, they run like shit.  Apparently there's some fix for that... but that's the problem.  A lot of linux stuff requires you to open a terminal window and run tons of command lines, por over websites for info and such.  So that aspect is far from user friendly.  It doesn't search my drive partitions very well either, I have to find everything on there on manually.  But my files are pretty organized so that's not a biggie for me.  I'm sure there's some addon for linux to handle that, but again it probably comes with all kinds of confusing linux hoops to jump through.  That's the thing, if there were something that just WORKED, it would have come preinstalled with Ubuntu.  So if there's a feature you don't have with the initial install that you want, expect headaches.

    Overall:  I'm quite happy with it.  Having a simpler, sleeker OS has a soothing effect on my mind and I can focus on things better without all the clutter.  It's not for everyone, but for web stuff, videos an the like it can't be beat.  If you are really reliant on big complex windows apps, it might not be for you.  But for my needs, it fits the bill perfectly and I've decided to stick with it.


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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  The Great Splendini on Tue Feb 17, 2015 11:09 am

    yeah, after some research i came to the same conclusion.

    linux is BETTER ONLY IF you use it for ABSOLUTE BASIC stuff like browsing, watching movies.

    and boot up speed, etc...

    for everything else, the apps are inferior and constantly in "bug" mode. because no one is paying for this stuff, so the software doesn't follow the same serious development cycle that the paid ones do.

    you literally get what you pay for, apart from all the stuff that's FREE on windows anyway.

    maybe in 10 years linux will take over. or maybe never. why should anyone make FREE top-notch games?

    i don't believe in the whole concept of Linux. people should just pay for what they need and software companies should not gouge people.

    like some Adobe stuff is amazingly expensive and you can only afford it if you're making money from using it.

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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  Psioncy on Tue Feb 17, 2015 3:31 pm

    I agree with what you said on most counts.  But the fact is, aside from games, I never use any big complicated apps anyway.

    Tomb Raider not running right sucks, but in a way that's a good thing.  I've played almost every custom made level on trle.net... somedays I jsut play it nonstop.  I mean I'm so good at Tomb Raider it's ridiculous.  I can play through the most insidiously designed levels without so much as a hint, find my way back through mindfuck mazes practically with my eyes closed... I even dream in TR sometimes.  But the truth is, that skill doesn't translate into anything more useful than wasting more of my life playing more Tomb Raider. Well yeah sure maybe someday I'm stumble upon an undiscovered ancient tomb somewhere and know what to booby traps to look and solve all those extravagant puzzles ancient kings had designed their tombs so people in the future would have a shot at getting their treasure, but you know, probably not.

    Besides, I've still got windows on there and can boot into it if I need my TR fix.  Otherwise, Linux has got my needs covered in full.

    For my writing I've been using their Libre Office and it works just like Word and is fully compatible with docs... and all the other basic crap you need officewise is on there.

    One big advantage of free software is that it isn't designed with all the back doors and spyware that come with Windows and Mac OS.  Youtube up "Stallman" and listen to what that guy has to say, the sneaky shit those corps are pulling runs even deeper than most already think...  they're set up to remotely control your system and peripheals, they use "digital handcuffs" to reduce the performance of the software you paid for, and all the backdoors they leave in to exploit you also work for hackers, governments, etc.  

    Linux keeps you a lot safer.  No worries about virii/trojans/spyware.  And so, so, SO much faster cuz it's not running all that nonstop bullshit constantly.  Also I really like the display and function, quite elegant like a Mac.


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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  The Great Splendini on Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:38 pm

    as far as back doors, i haven't noticed anything.

    anyway, all emails can easily be tracked. now, they want you to give your mobile number when you set up an email account so you can't have a secret email account.

    the fact is, i wanted to make the switch to linux and a few guys on youtube say it's only good for basic shit and if you want to do serious work, the apps suck and are constantly being upgraded and there's like a million different versions of everything. it sounds like a pain in the ass.

    there's no viruses on linux, but if it ever gets popular it might be the same as windows.

    well, if you're not doing any work besides downloading porn, then go ahead.

    i'm planning to install some software at some point, so i'll stick with windows.

    i dunno. something tells me theres some kind of conspiracy behind linux. it's supposed to be "anti-establishment" and "anti-capitalism" but a lot of guys got rich with linux. and people who give away their time and energy coding for free are idiots.

    what we need is a software company that challenges microsoft but actually pays developers and people pay for, but not an exorbitant fee for software.

    so linux sucks and windows suck in different ways. they BOTH suck.

    and i don't care about privacy. GOD SEES EVERYTHING anyway. there's nowhere to hide.


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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  The Great Splendini on Wed Feb 18, 2015 2:46 pm

    anyway, the guy who tried to turn me on to linux is a guy who hates bill gates.

    he always uninstalls windows and replaces it with linux.

    but as much as he hates bill gates, he always finds that there's something he can't do with linux and regrets uninstalling it.

    you should do more research.

    ideally, wait until you get a new laptop. keep linux on the old laptop and muck around with it.

    windows 10 is coming out this year and might be pretty cool.
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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  Psioncy on Thu Feb 19, 2015 5:42 am

    If you can clear up about 60 gigs on your C:/ drive, you can install Ubuntu alongside windows.  (Ubuntu is only around 1 gig, but you want to give yourself space to install other software, store media, etc.) Then you'll have a boot option to get into either.

    You can do it by using a flash drive as a boot disk.  It's not that hard, only two downloads.  I can find the site with the instructions if you're interested.

    When you boot Ubuntu from the flash drive, you can run it directly from that and use it like a trial.  If you like it, there is an install option which will partition your HD and install Ubuntu automatically, just follow the default settings.

    My PC boots into linux by default, but if I need windows for something I can just hit restart and select it from the boot menu that appears.

    As it turns out though, I don't need it for anything.

    Yeah Linux and most of its apps are totally free, however there is nothing to prevent developers from charging for them either.  For me that's not the issue, I never pay for anything anyway.  I've got a pirate version of windows, and any pay software on it is the same.  I like Linux cuz it's faster, cleaner, simpler.

    Some of the free apps on Software Center are pretty good.  Installing those apps is really easy too.  You just open software center, find the free apps you want and hit the "install" button.  Done!  Later if you decide you don't like it, there's a "Remove" button.


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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  The Great Splendini on Thu Feb 19, 2015 12:39 pm

    fuck it. everything you install can cause headaches and problems mucking around and learning how to manage it.

    windows 7 is GREAT. the only thing is you can't browse porn sites. apart from the time a few months ago i visited a porn site, i never had a virus in years. and never had problems with torrents.

    i'm waiting to see what windows 10 will look like. i think windows is shifting over to more graphical touch screen type interface because maybe the trend is heading towards laptop and tablet hybrids.



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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  Psioncy on Thu Feb 19, 2015 2:40 pm

    Yeah sure, if Win7 is working for you, keep with it.

    It wasn't working for me. I have a fairly modern system and it was still sluggish as hell. I followed every procedure to get windows down to bare bones, anti-virus, etc, but it still hung like mad switching between tabs and windows and such, and that damn HD light was running constantly. Ridiculously long boot up/shut down times. Shit was driving me nuts.

    Linux solved all those problems for me.


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    Re: Made the switch

    Post  The Great Splendini on Fri Feb 20, 2015 12:28 pm

    sometimes my machine is slow.

    the thing about linux is that it will work fast on very old computers, on computers that windows 7 probably will not even run on.



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