Didn't Sun Tzu figure this out a zillion years ago? If only we could adopt this to more of this issues of life.
I have a dual boot on some of my machines using Windows 7 and OpenSuse 12.3. Most of them just run OpenSuse Linux though. I really like Mint too, but my preferred UI is KDE. I only boot Windows now when I have to. I have mostly had an uneasy relationship with Microsoft for years. I kept spending and upgrading the OS, the utilities and other add-ons. I was convinced I needed to stay with Windows. But after being asked to help my friends, family and colleagues with their trashed Windows installations, I decided to tell them I would only help them if I could install Linux. First of all, everybody wants a copy of my damn software. I fricken paid for it and it was getting old and annoying with all the friends, family and colleagues that were asking me to give them the copies I paid for. My reply to a plea for help has been, call the local computer guy and give him your card number or agree to trying Linux. The first reason to install Linux for them is that it is legal and doesn't affect my licenses. Second, it is FREE and that was hard for them to argue with. Third, doing a full Linux install to a fraction of the time that a Windows install too. My kid's behavior online kept pounding their Windows installations. They didn't obey my rules for the Internet. But they needed it for school work too. Fine, now their installations don't break and even if they did, it would be free and less timely to fix. Another benefit is my kids are now grown and the Linux experience I forced on them, has enhanced their career opportunities and resumes. At the office I replaced the server and workstation OS's and everything still runs great. My computers also are easier to deal with. Linux uses all human readable config files. I don't like regedit or "win.ini" edits. Yes, there still are some decent Windows products. But the reason to use them is because others annoy you to keep them in the fold and you aren't motivated enough to try something else yourself. Microsoft will always be with us and a force to be aware of, but they're relevance is in decline. They might have their "Coca Cola" moment with Windows 8 and 8.1, but the horses have already left the barn. Most young people use mobile phones more so than anything else. They will be more familiar with a UI like that at the desktop at work, and so will their eyes when they age. None of them are using Windows on phones. Of all the people I have helped, only 2 have gone back to Windows. Some that have bought new computers with Windows 8 have begged me to come over again and get rid of it. The handwriting is on the wall.
Golly, Mr Wizard. I'm gonna pitch Firefox now.
That's the same thing that I thought. The CO2 at Mammoth Mountain here in California has been so high it's killing trees. It's all volcanic too.
It really took a pile of government money to fund some geniuses at a university to figure that out, huh? And people wonder why the planet is going broke!
I lost patience with Adobe long ago. I know Gimp isn't as good as Photoshop. But it does 98% of the stuff I need to do and it's hard to argue with FREE. Inkscape is coming along very nicely now too. Getting off of their upgrade treadmill is a relief.
Steven Sinofsky was the head of the Windows division of Microsoft. He was probably fired. But he says he left for his own reasons. Yeah, sure. That should tell us that even Microsoft realizes they pooched this deal. Everybody I know that got a computer with 8 on it has begged me to put 7 on it for them. But I actually put OpenSuse 12.3 on a bunch of machines lately. UEFI is a pain in the a$$ too.
I was making a joke. But I actually have an HP XW8600 as my desktop machine. It has 2 quad core Xeons with 12M cache running at 3Ghz. I also have 32G of ram and an Nvidia GT520 graphics card with 2G ram. It runs games pretty nice. I have a dual boot with Win7 Ult 64-bit and OpenSuse 12.3 64-bit. Most of my games are now on Steam for Linux. Actually works quite well. But those big burly Xeons arouse my techno lust.
Hey, I want a pair of these new CPU chips from Intel with 10 cores each and 30M of cache in my next PC. These CPU's will now directly access a measly 12TB of ram. Heck, they're only $4616 each. Why not use them to run Far Cry 3 real fast?
Windows 8 takes a decent interface and hoses it up. But Microsoft had to change something to keep you on the upgrade treadmill. It's not about better, its about money. Told ya so.
These people spend all their time trying to deny other people of freedom. If we need any kind of control, it's Senator control.
If it was gaining in Botswana, Outer Mongolia or Paraguay it might have been believable. Nah.
Since Microsoft is so good at ripping off other ideas, they might as well be consistent. Why not steal KDE for their next brilliant idea.
The latest Mint is a Debian based distro too. Much better than that crazy Ubuntu distro.
OpenSuse has as the default desktop KDE 4.10.1. It's a stable UI and very customizable too. I love it. I just installed it on a bunch of computers.