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QOTD: Have You Replaced Windows with Linux?

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Like many here that read Tom's Hardware, we've all been using Windows for a long, long time. Myself, I have been using Windows since version 2.

Windows has gone through incredible changes since the early days. It's now capable of so much more than it could have done a decade ago. Remember Windows 95? That was one of the biggest operating system launches in history. I remember flying into Toronto and seeing a huge, long banner draped from the top of the CN Tower down to the street advertising Windows 95. Those were the days.

Times changes a lot of things, and it definitely changes the computing landscape. These days, there are so many good choices to use--particularly in the Linux space. One of the most popular distros is Ubuntu, and many are using that in a dual boot configuration accompanied by a Windows side-install. Despite some of its shortcomings, Windows has a nearly untouchable advantage with its hardware and application support--yes, this includes games.

There are many users out there however, who feel that they belong on a Linux installation. Whether it's for the sheer aspect of "power-using" a PC with a Linux-OS' comparability or just to try something new, Linux operating systems are definitely gaining ground. Many MIDs and netbooks are shipping with Linux operating systems.

The question of the day is: Have you replaced Windows with a Linux distro?

I mean, completely. Are you one of those who are running on pure Linux? Do you miss your Windows days? What made you switch?

With Windows 7 on the horizon, would you consider switching back?

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    kyeana , April 30, 2009 5:28 PM
    I use both, but i could never give up windows completely. Something about gaming and ease of use
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    dman3k , April 30, 2009 5:34 PM
    I switch to Ubuntu for a while and went back to Windows because I'm not going to write drivers to make things work the way I want it! Windows does that for me and all I have to do is change a few settings. Not to mention, many internet plugins (like flash) didn't work back in the day.

    Why limit myself?
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    Dax corrin , April 30, 2009 5:21 PM
    I have not used Linux, nor do I plan to. I'm mostly a gamer with some research on the internet as a side hobby. Windows does everything I need and I have no problems with it. I plan on staying with Microsoft products for the forseeable future.
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    KyleSTL , April 30, 2009 5:27 PM
    I've played around with a couple Ubuntu distros, but I've never used them for any significant amount of time. When I rebuild I might consider doing a dual boot with Vista/7.
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    kyeana , April 30, 2009 5:28 PM
    I use both, but i could never give up windows completely. Something about gaming and ease of use
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    yingwuzhao , April 30, 2009 5:29 PM
    Yes, I did it about a year ago, and couldn't be happier. I used to have dual boot of win and linux, mainly for gaming under windows. Then I simply stop gaming, and delete the windows partition.

    Now I am a happy linux user, I know exactly how the system work, and it work exactly according to what I want. System take much better advantage of the system recourses. Everything I need to do with computer, can be done under linux, and in fact even done better than under windows. Now I simply can't stand the "bloatness" of windows!

    Further, linux is generally much more secure, and never need to worry about virus. And it's under active development everyday. You will never stop being surprised by linux!

    By the way, I started linux with Ubuntu, than Debian, than finally rest on Arch.
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    thearm , April 30, 2009 5:29 PM
    God no. I'm trying to do more with my computer no less.
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    Anonymous , April 30, 2009 5:31 PM
    I switched cold turkey (Or is it turnkey?) four years ago. I've never been as consistently happy with my computer since. By the way, it's the same computer I built in 2003. I have used only Linux since I installed it. I have since used other people's computers loaded with XP or Vista and I have to say, since I've been a Linux user I've developed a very short fuse for Windows. Especially Vista.
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    Anonymous , April 30, 2009 5:32 PM
    Nope, I game too much.
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    dman3k , April 30, 2009 5:34 PM
    I switch to Ubuntu for a while and went back to Windows because I'm not going to write drivers to make things work the way I want it! Windows does that for me and all I have to do is change a few settings. Not to mention, many internet plugins (like flash) didn't work back in the day.

    Why limit myself?
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    beneukel , April 30, 2009 5:40 PM
    I have switched to a Ubuntu-only environment at home - except on the HTPC because of Netflix. I switched the server to Ubuntu after I was comfortable with Linux administration. I am able to play any game I want to play, I haven't run into any driver issues in a long time, and any issue I've ever had was easily solved by a Google search - just like Windows...

    I have been running Windows 7 in a VM. It seemed good enough to use, but was not better than Ubuntu. It would be fine for my wife's computer, though.
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    Greatwalrus , April 30, 2009 5:42 PM
    I have been using solely Linux for at least 2 months now, meaning I do not have Windows installed anymore. Before the 2 months, I had Windows Vista installed alongside Linux and would use Windows for things like word processing or other programs that didn't work with Wine at the time. Now MS Office and other programs I needed work fine with Wine, and since I had some disk problems and had to erase the drive 2 months ago, I decided not to reinstall Windows. That doesn't mean reinstalling it is out of question in the future though. Right now I am loving Linux - Arch Linux to be specific.

    I started using Linux just in March of 2008.
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    jeverson , April 30, 2009 5:42 PM
    I still use Win mainly but have started using Ubuntu Live disc for various tasks. But I just don't think it can ever fully replace Win unfortunately. I am keeping my figures crossed that Win 7 will live up to all the reports and reviews I've been reading. I think Linux has it's places and uses, but mainly they are in the business sector for low cost servers and workstations.
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    kittle , April 30, 2009 5:43 PM
    nope I havent. I cant get linux versions of all the stuff I want to run.

    The one linux install I acquired was on 5 1/4 disks which vanished many years ago.
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    thearm , April 30, 2009 5:45 PM
    I also work on computers all day every day for Honda. So when I get home, I just want things to work. I don't want to configure a bunch of settings or look up a problem on the net to find out why something is not working (Unless I have to). Windows is trouble free because everything is compatable with it. I have been running Vista since it came out with no problems and I'm now running Windows 7 with no problems.
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    bill gates is your daddy , April 30, 2009 5:48 PM
    I am about to build from the ground up a new gaming PC. I will probably take the old one and install Ubuntu just to see what all the hub-bub is about.
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    silversurfernhs , April 30, 2009 5:48 PM
    i wouldnt know where to start, ive been a pc user for the longest time. can anyone point me in the direction of a guide to a nice efficient linux distro and setup, something akin to the usability of windows
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    silversurfernhs , April 30, 2009 5:50 PM
    can i use adobe MC CS4 and office 2007 on a linux distro?
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    Regulas , April 30, 2009 5:51 PM
    Yes, I recently bought a Acer from Newegg for a great price. It came with ME II, I mean Vista. I would watch the HD light constantly run under Vista even with 3Gb of Ram and turning off several services.
    A couple of days ago I installed the new Ubuntu distro and it's running fine. My HD light hardly ever lights up after the program is loaded. Battery time has increased. I completely wiped the drive and allowed Ubuntu to have it all. It is fun (I am a geek) learning some new stuff. The 9.04 version fixed a couple things that held me back, after trying the live CD for about ten minutes I committed.
    I still have XP on my big Q9650/GTX 285 gaming rig but use it for games, nothing like Far Cry 2 or Fallout 3 at 1920 x 1200. Must use a mouse and keyboard too, no kiddie consols for me.
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    thundercleese , April 30, 2009 5:51 PM
    joeman42I did, but then I grew up.


    Yep. Pretty much.
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    Anonymous , April 30, 2009 5:53 PM
    Completely switched to Linux 10 years ago. Currently using Slackware based "Vector Linux" and Kubuntu.
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    Anonymous , April 30, 2009 5:53 PM
    Yes, twas forced into a dual boot by my brother, but never went back to Windows. I found that for doing anything besides playing games, Linux is far superior. Web design, programming, etc. The flexibility of open source tools is great, it's just a matter of getting over the Linux learning curve.
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