Windows defector.

Discussion in 'Member Introductions' started by Greentea, Jun 6, 2014.

  1. Greentea

    Greentea New Member

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    Hello all. After several migration attempts, and after the 'Win 7' experience, I'm ready to go full-time Linux. The only real obstacle is finding alternates to all those proprietary MS apps that you're used to and depend on. I've dabbled in Ubuntu a few times but I'm not so keen on the Ubuntu Unity desktop. So many great distros to choose from - Bodhi and Mint/Cinnamon are my hot favorites. Looking forward to life in Linux. Peace.

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    ryanvade Administrator Staff Member Staff Writer

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    Falcao New Member

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    Welcome, I did the same 2 and half years ago, same way, first Ubuntu then Mint/Cinnamon. Now Linux 100% of time.
  4. Jim Laughlan

    Jim Laughlan Active Member

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    I've used Linux before years ago, but since I changed to a laptop in '08 I was unable to use Linux as my keyboard was not being recognized. So I was stuck being held hostage with Vista. Now I use Mint (and I started with Ubuntu and Unity. Ubuntu is a fine distro w/o Unity and straight Gnome or anything other than Unity.) 17 and a Cinnamon desktop and its here to stay. If I didn't have to sync an iPod I would totally away from Windows all together, so I just use XP in a Virtual Machine to sync it with iTunes.
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    Murp New Member

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    Jim: Heh, I gave up on a previous Linux conversion attempt because I couldn't get the Wifi in my laptop to work with any distro I tried.

    Greentea: I'm in your shoes, except that I never really used Windows-exclusive programs. For the past, oh, seven or eight years, I've been using the same programs on XP...
    GOM Player
    Irfanview
    OpenOffice
    Firefox
    GIMP
    7Zip
    ...all of which have Linux versions. Er, well, maybe GOM doesn't, but I'm no longer as satisfied with it as I was when it first came out, and I'm not super-attached to it anyway, so whatever most people use on Linux to play videos and music'll probably be fine for me.

    Search for "linux windows program replacements" and you'll find comprehensive lists.
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    VP9KS Member

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    Love your avatar, mate! good choice
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    pane-free Active Member

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    "Linux Hardware compatibility list"
  8. Jim Laughlan

    Jim Laughlan Active Member

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    Ha! Some people say I look like him. Anyway, 'nuff said :)

    73 de W2KYM
  9. VP9KS

    VP9KS Member

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    OTAY, but do you have that cool accent too? .... .. .... ..
  10. Jim Laughlan

    Jim Laughlan Active Member

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    NOOOOOOO!! Thank god.
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    MikeyD Active Member

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    I LOVE VLC media player and I'd recommend it if you're making the switch (although its available on Windows as well).

    I think it was the first open source software I ever used back when I couldn't get certain videos or codecs to play on Win media player or Quicktime player.

    I've never hit an issue or codec error with VLC if the file was playable and it seems a lot faster than any other media players I've used. It not bogged with with a "media center" that tries to organize all your music for you and other superfluous crap, just play my @!@#* video!
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  12. VP9KS

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    I can relate! The wife went from win xp to win 7. She just loaded it onto a new 3tb drive that I got for her 2 weeks ago. she has only gone to"TRUSTED" sites, and her virus software has picked up on 4 infected temp internet files already. I only use xp to play scrabble and boggle against her on our local net. I use Quicken 2004 and the basic stamp compiler software on an old win98 machine. For EVERYTHING else I use Linux, in one flavour or another, Just could not see giving Microsoft any more of my hard-earned cash. besides, I'm having too much fun with Linux to ever go back to Windows.
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    jerz4lunch New Member

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    Windows 7? Not for me. But what made me switch entirely to Linux on my HP laptop was Windows 8. Yuck! What a mess of an OS. Never though M$ would release such an awful system.
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