WhiteWasp From United States of America, joined Feb 2013, 45 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 8 hours ago) and read 1299 times:
I used to be a Windows 7 guy, but I have migrated over to the Linux Mint OS. I find it works really well on my laptop and it doesn't need all the CPU power and RAM that Windows 7 needed. Who else here use a Linux OS?
I do most of my software development at work on Linux, but that box is in a lab and I access it via VNC running on Windows 7. The evil empire M$ has infiltrated the IT department and all our email is via exchange and all our docs are in the ms-office format dejure. Our company-issued laptops are for mail, documents, meetings (WebEx) etc and I run an unsupported VNC client for my "real work".
A fellow employee has posted a fine wiki page on all the workarounds/hacks/configurations needed to use Linux Mint on our laptops but I can't spend my time hacking that when I should be spending my time hacking for my real job.
I stopped hacking for recreation around twenty years ago. Now I get my fill of it via work and use my non-work time (what little there is!) for other things.
golfradio From Canada, joined Jun 2009, 860 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 2 days 2 hours ago) and read 1227 times:
Quoting Revelation (Reply 3): The evil empire M$ has infiltrated the IT department and all our email is via exchange and all our docs are in the ms-office format dejure. Our company-issued laptops are for mail, documents, meetings (WebEx)
My work place is the same. I inverted the setup. I run Xubuntu and use a Windows 7 virtual machine for all the MS applications.
HT From Germany, joined May 2005, 6525 posts, RR: 22
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 9 hours ago) and read 1081 times:
The no-longer-mobile laptop computer (no major brand) only works with XP, but the slightly more recent netbook dualboots XP and Xubuntu.
Granted I don't use each computer for much more *) than anything that a internet browser can display, so no need to run any Windows programs under Xubuntu.
After trying several GUis available around Ubuntu I settled for the Xfce, resulting in the Xubuntu distribution.
Installation worked well including WiFi and accessing my printer via WiFi. And I am no expert on Linux !
One thing I found handy here is that I created a HTML-file (in WORD on business computer) with all my favorite web addresses which is stored locally. That way I am independent from any "bookmark"-function browsers may offer and still get the very same start page on each computer & browser.
*) only proprietary Windows programs are a flight database (MS Access runtime) and for the income tax declaration.
Carpe diem ! Life is too short to waste your time ! Keep in mind, that today is the first day of the rest of your life !
mham001 From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3911 posts, RR: 3
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 hours ago) and read 1066 times:
Quoting AM744 (Reply 8): Xubuntu here as well. XFCE is lightweight and truly rocks. Even regular Ubuntu and Fedora are bloated up these days, go figure.
No doubt. My jump from Ubuntu 10.04 to 12.04 on the desktop was very disappointing. Disliking Unity and trying out different interfaces loaded up entire packages that I haven't figured out how to uninstall. So there are multiple picture viewers, scanner programs, word processors, video players, etc that all want updates. My update que is in the thousands except Ubuntu won't let me because one of them is untrusted, or some such thing, so nothing updates. 12.04 also broke my printer. I will need to start over. Not unlike what many are experiencing with Win 8. At least the price is right.
Glad to see more XFCE users. I have a vaio circa 2003 with 512Gb RAM that got an extended lease of life with XFCE. Even that dinosaur now boots up in under 30s.
I used to be a Gnome guy but the direction the Gnome team is taking, made me part ways. Gnome is some sort of a freak mutant now. And don't even get me started on the Unity crap that Ubuntu's pushing now. They are trying to develop into some sort of unified pc, tablet and mobile kind of interface while forgetting why users switched to linux in the first place.
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2890 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 1012 times:
I have Ubuntu on one of my personal laptops and I must confess, longtime Microsoft-hater that I am, that I'm not entirely happy with it.
When infrared ports began appearing on laptop computers in the early 90's, it was the coolest thing in the history of all the things in the world (Apollo 11 is a close 2nd), and it became quickly and incontrovertibly clear that billions of years of carbon-based chemistry were originally set in motion so that mankind could one day achieve infrared data transfers.
And I can't get no infrared-type communimacations going on my Linux laptop.
Revelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 13370 posts, RR: 25
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 9 hours ago) and read 975 times:
Quoting mham001 (Reply 9): My update que is in the thousands except Ubuntu won't let me because one of them is untrusted, or some such thing, so nothing updates.
I must say I have had more issues with updating .deb/dpkg based systems like Ubuntu and Linux Mint.
I recall having auto-updates on, then getting a message saying the update system was broken, and being given some command to fix it up, but that command didn't fix the problem.
I've had better luck with rpm based systems but that is not all that significant a data point. Currently my sw development system is running CentOS and KDE and it's really rock solid and I've extended my rpm system to point at a few extra repositories so I can get my hands on pretty much any tool I care to have.
I suppose I should find a way past the deb/dpkg kind of issues since I think I'll be needing plain old Debian for some work on an embedded mips system I'm about to get my hands on.