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April 3, 2009 8:43:41 PM

i use Linux with graphics user interface ..
i know some new devices sometimes video card you need to shutdown the GUI
to install the driver on it ..
Linux are great OS and it very stable but for unknown reason you can't find drive for your device if Linux Can't detect it ...
i hope they find some utility similar to what windows have(ADD new hardware Wizard)
April 3, 2009 8:47:55 PM

YES, I have a Vostro 1400 laptop with Vista, but I dual boot to Ubuntu 8.10, which is what I use for almost everything, only switching back when there is a certain feature that windows does that is difficult to use in Ubuntu. I far prefer the customizability and feel of Ubuntu over vista, which is clunky and badly organized. With the plugins I have installed, I can do almost any of the "eye candy" and usability features that a Mac can do, without paying the "Mac tax". This particular version, I will admit, is not quite as fast to boot as windows or OS X, but the next version is slated to release this month and is supposed to be much faster. GIVE IT A TRY!
April 3, 2009 8:49:23 PM

I used to run FreeBSD with CTWM. I stoppd using FreeBSD when I couldn't get drivers for my NVIDIA 5200FX, never went back.

Right now I'm running gOs/Ubuntu on my netbook.
April 3, 2009 8:51:13 PM

I have a machine that I keep as a backup and it is only a P3 700MHz. But it is quite fast running Ubuntu.
April 3, 2009 8:54:25 PM

No, I do not. I have one Celeron 1.1GHz running a router distribution.

And I have Fedora installed as a Virtual PC... but I never use it. If I did use it, it would be running a GUI of course.
April 3, 2009 9:00:26 PM

Yep. Gnome on ubuntu 9.04 beta.

April 3, 2009 9:01:03 PM

Yes, MythDora.
April 3, 2009 9:02:39 PM

i boot from a USB device but i cant get it to boot XD im still learning... you got to start from somewhere
April 3, 2009 9:14:54 PM

At home, all the times.
My home desktop is a only LINUX machine for 3 years now.

At work.
Its not my decision. Unfortunately.
April 3, 2009 9:15:41 PM

Gnome on most desktops, XFCE on the older ones. Webmin on servers although I often just use the terminal. Compiz is interesting but I don't normally enable it as I don't find it useful. With Live CDs I use whatever they default to.
April 3, 2009 9:19:41 PM

Ubuntu with Gnome. My machine is a dual-boot with XP, and I've found that I do pretty much everything on Linux now except for certain games or if a website requires Internet Exploder... I mean Explorer.
April 3, 2009 9:20:19 PM

yes, openbox, gnome, kde and even xfce are too bloated.
April 3, 2009 9:25:30 PM

xfce(ubuntu) on a acer aspire one and kde(debian) as a dual boot a desktop.
April 3, 2009 9:34:23 PM

KDE on top of Arch linux, but X doesn't start at boot so, yes and no, depends on the mood
April 3, 2009 9:42:22 PM

Gnome desktop on nearly all systems running linux/bsd except for my firewall/router but that one does have a nice GUI you can use in your web browser.

Seriously that my system do have a gui installed doesnt mean i cant run without or that it boots in to the gui whenever it boots.
For many tasks command lines are way better.
April 3, 2009 9:51:11 PM

XUbuntu, only thing stopping me from removign vista is Touch screen and wlan
April 3, 2009 9:52:08 PM

Nope,, no GUI on my Debian netisnt. Using it as a ftp/webserver. IMO that's the kind of stuff linux is good for. Windows is still my main OS. Running debian off vmware.
April 3, 2009 9:52:17 PM

Xubuntu. Will remove vista as soon as I figure out touch screen and wlan
April 3, 2009 10:11:03 PM

I've been using Linux since 1998, both on servers and as desktop. I don't even have Windows or any other Microsoft software at home. I'm a Unix system/net administrator and security consultant though... Not quite an average computer user. If you'd have to run some specific graphical/CAD/custom software, you might not have the luxury to choose. Or if you're into mainstream games. I'm not one of those users that tries to convince others the whole time, though I've helped non-technical people transition from Windows to Linux on the desktop successfully. The OS shouldn't matter to people no matter how little they know about computers, if all they do is browse, email, do some office work, play music and watch a movie now and then. Linux is user-friendly, especially when you help people on their way with the hardware setup.

Hardware support shouldn't be an issue to most people either; the only real issue would be the level of support for the latest graphic cards, but it's not as if you're going to be able to play most commercial games in Linux anyway. In fact, I have more faith in the stability of (even minimal) Linux drivers than in the crap some companies dare to ship without any QA review. Let's face it, most of the time it's stuff like drivers that makes your system misbehave and/or crash.

FreeBSD/OpenBSD I've never used as desktop, but at least FreeBSD should do quite well there too, with a bit of luck in hardware choice. Same goes for Solaris really, unless you have the luxury of running it on real Sun hardware of course...

Hardware support for alternative operating systems is often a matter of corporate interest and an economical and often also "political" issue rather than something that Linux (or *BSD) should be directly blamed for. If companies don't provide either drivers or tech specs for their products, it's going to be rather hard to make that hardware work no matter what OS you're in.
April 3, 2009 10:12:28 PM

Gentoo, gotta love it.
April 3, 2009 10:14:53 PM

I use both, but primarily a GUI. I spend a lot of time in the console, however.
My primary Linux system is Arch Linux. Just recently, I have moved completely away from Windows.

zelog, I believe I heard better touch/multitouch screen support is coming soon :) 
April 3, 2009 10:17:06 PM

Yes, OpenSuse 11.1 X_64, KDE 2.2 runs very well on my laptop.Compaq Presario (HP) CQ60-220US with 4 gig ram.
April 3, 2009 10:27:22 PM

Yes, I run Ubuntu and arch(although I dual boot with winXP) both have gnome. I'm still waiting for KDE to get a little more stable.
April 3, 2009 10:31:34 PM

I run PC-BSD here for my main desktop, and my Wife's as well. It's underlying OS is FreeBSD 7, is running KDE 4.2, and works quite well, even for more novice open-source users.
April 3, 2009 10:31:56 PM

I've tried Linux numerous times in the past, usually once a year for the past 4 years now, each time, I would run straight into a dead-end. First it was DSL, then PC-BSD, then Ubuntu, then Myth-Buntu. Either it was a hardware compatibility issue or Linux simply not offering that which I needed to perform on my computer. However, this last time I gave Linux a shot I was happily surprised. I tried out Linux Mint after deciding Ubuntu just was not enough, and was instantly pleased by how much more Windows-like Mint was. I could finally play a DVD and rip and MP3 without having to add components! It also has a VERY easy remove application function, a nice Ubuntu-derived install apps application, and with a few "how-to"s on the internet, I managed to get transparency and other neat windows effects working using an old Radeon 7000. I would go so far as to say that I could probably use Mint as my main OS, if it would only work with my new Lexmark printer. I'll keep on eye on that. With more Linux installs becoming standard, hardware makers are started to produce Linux drivers. Unfortunately, I sold my Linux Mint box. That was the purpose anyway, to put an OS on that system so I could sell it. I do miss it though, and have thought hard about sometime returning to Linux Mint once I get another chance. As of right now, Window XP still rules the roost.
April 3, 2009 10:36:37 PM

openSUSE switching between KDE 4.2, KDE 3.5.10, Gnome 2.26, XFCE 4.6, Openbox, LXDE.

Maybe you should ask if someone is still using console only Linux/BSD ?
April 3, 2009 10:38:36 PM

Both, Primary desktop runs under Ubuntu/Gnome. My netbook is running Eeebuntu. All servers and router are managed through command line or web interface. At home I have only one XP machine, just in case, at work I am Windows system administrator so all servers and workstations are running some kind of Windows.
April 3, 2009 10:48:45 PM

IronRyan21Yep, Gnome!

+1. Same here. You can't use GIMP,etc with out a GUI. :p 

I'm using:
OpenSUSE 11
Fedora 9 (Yes, I know 10 is out, haven't had time to upgrade)
openSolaris 2008
DSL (Damn Small Linux; on a flash drive)
April 3, 2009 10:49:07 PM

Yesh Arch and Buntu (no windoze). Foss GUI's are much better than windoze GUIs and faster and stabler too. Windoze GUI doesn't even have virtual desktops. And it is not at all configurable like linux. You can easily edit scripts and write etc etc for example you can start a RAM session where the HDD is stored in RAM which makes everything ultrafast (great if you've 4GB + RAM) . You can edit conf files and make it boot ultrafast (at least in Arch). Compiz with Gnome runs full speed in my P4 1.5 / 768 MB / Geforce 6200 and then you can easily compile and fasten everything with foss getting the real performance out of the hardware without overclocking/overvolting. I like KDE 4 but I'm waiting for it to mature. Also XFCE 4.6 runs easily on a celeron 600 having > features than Windoze. And then there's LXDE with it's great file manager....

The only good thing windoze has is DirectX. I wish we could have better OpenGL / XServer.
April 3, 2009 10:57:34 PM

If you'd have to run some specific graphical/CAD/custom software

True that. How ever there are alternate versions (usually free) for Linux. For example GIMP. It really depends on if a user want to learn a new program or not.
April 3, 2009 11:20:21 PM

My desktop runs gentoo with the fluxbox (minimalist) window manager. Its extremely fast, even on my old hardware.
My desktop is also is a file server/apache web server running mediawiki/subversion server/ssh server. But all of these services are not public.

My laptop runs ubuntu with gnome. I run ubuntu because its the only distro that just works with my laptop hardware. I run gnome on ubuntu because that's the standard and I don't want to fight with my computer every time they make a major update.

If you actually use linux on a day-to-day basis you need a gui. I need to open pdfs/view webpages (text browsers are no longer a functional replacement with today's webpages).
April 3, 2009 11:34:01 PM

Yes, Gnome via nxclient over ssh.
April 3, 2009 11:37:41 PM

Gnome on my laptop and desktop. Fluxbox on VNC servers.
April 3, 2009 11:37:57 PM

family machine on ubuntu(gnome), my nettop with debian (lxde) , my server with freebsd(kde)
April 4, 2009 12:14:46 AM

Ubuntu with a GUI but I am trying to learn the command prompt because I have broken the GUI many times and the more I know the faster I can get the GUI running.
April 4, 2009 12:41:46 AM

Ubuntu for running programs for work.
April 4, 2009 12:50:00 AM

Run dual boot on my gaming desktop with Ubuntu 8.10 and Window 7, laptop is permanently 8.10. I have tried Gnome and KDE, and prefer Gnome, although I find it funny how similar Windows 7 looks to KDE...
April 4, 2009 1:06:09 AM

Yup, I run KDE 3 on my OpenSUSE install. KDE 4 is a mess.

I don't run a GUI on my FreeBSD server though.

I run the top 4 OS in my house: Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and FreeBSD.
April 4, 2009 1:19:36 AM

sure i do. om my working machine i use gnome. but on the server that i manage: no no, no donut for you!
just the old and good text mode =D
April 4, 2009 1:29:35 AM

Yes I run Debian with LXDE.
April 4, 2009 1:48:53 AM

Yes, I use Ubuntu (and have had Debian/Gnome before). And I guess for most users, it doesn't feel any more text-based that Windows. Its interface is not very different than XP's (in turn, Vista copied a few Linux features: desktop special effects, visual brilliance and lack of compatibility with Windows applications).

I keep XP for gaming and Windows apps, but Linux is my OS of choice. My video collection and personal stuff are entirely on the Linux partition. I can be almost sure I'll find suitable application for a given task on public servers. No ads/payments/license troubles, just a functional, customizable program that (usually) works fine. Customizable - that's about the whole OS.

Linux, like Windows 9x, is technically text-based, and man technically comes from a prehistoric ape... just don't get wrong conclusions.
April 4, 2009 1:49:12 AM

I've been running Fedora on my laptop (cheap Dell Inspiron 1525 with a Pentium Dual-core) for over a year now, as my primary operating system. I use both Gnome and KDE 4.2. I use my laptop as a file and media server, as well as an internet access point, media machine connected to an HDTV via HDMI (with working sound, something even Windows wouldn't do reliably). With all of those things running I still have plenty of resources left to play music, work with CAD drawings, edit photos, and write a technical document.
April 4, 2009 2:16:40 AM

I am an admin, I manage a bunch of servers and a cluster that run linux and obviously I don't use GUI on them. At home there's no real linux machine though only running it through VM, Windows satisfies my everyday uses more.
April 4, 2009 2:40:12 AM

i do exactly like you do, but i have it serving gaming servers co-located, and also reach it by ssh :) 
April 4, 2009 2:45:38 AM

Mandriva 2008 with KDE
April 4, 2009 4:02:36 AM

GUI great for some things but good ol' term or xterm works fastest in many cases too.

embrace all the options Linux has to offer.

damned! is it ipconfig or ifconfig?!?
April 4, 2009 4:14:53 AM

On my firewall, (pfSense) no, on my NAS, RAQ4 and file servers, no, on my laptop and netbook, yes (ubuntu 8.10), on my Media Center PC's, yes (Mythbuntu).

So, uh, yes and no.