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Comment Re:Can I jump ship yet? (Score 1) 88

The problem is that for the average user, there are plenty of reasons (like you just mentioned) to use Windows.

There is only one reason why anyone really uses Linux - free as in beer.

Tell me one thing that only runs on Linux and not Windows? Yeah. That's why people are on Windows.

Comment Re:That was easy (Score 1) 867

As a recent migrant from Linux BACK to Windows, I have found that Windows 10 is actually a lot more productive.

My experience with Debian based distributions is that there are very few things that Linux does better than Windows when it comes to the graphical user interface. I did realise that when it came to dropping to the command line , Linux does everything better than Windows.

Combine that with the fact if you include games, and the tons of peripherals that come with proprietary drivers (including graphics cards, laptop bioses and motherboards), Windows does on the aggregate MORE than Linux does, it just made sense to go back to Windows. Most OSS that Linux has is also available for Windows. I cannot see any incentive to move away from Windows.

Comment Used computeres (Score 1) 508

Why not buy used laptops? If a Chromebook is sufficient for your work , any laptop from the last 5 years will also be sufficient.

There's a few hundred under 20$ right there on eBay. Put in some work , install Xubuntu/Ubuntu-MATE and Libreoffice and you're good to go. Go to any large local corporation and ask if they will donate depreciated laptops. When corporations depreciate , they will give away their machines for free. Since you only need about 10 or so machines, this should not be a problem.

Comment Ah but PDFs (Score 1) 394

Do you know the one thing that caused me to abandon Linux and get back on the Windows band-wagon when I got a new Thinkpad? There is absolutely zero PDF editing/viewing software for Linux that will compare with Acrobat Pro, Foxit Phantom or Nitro Pro.

That , and the fact that there is nothing on Linux that absolutely needs Linux. Nearly all open-source software in the Linux world also runs on Windows. OTOH, there is plenty of commercial scientific and engineering software that is either available only on Windows, or has been optimized in such a way that it works better on Windows. This is often due to the graphics card drivers. I just recovered from a 2-week fiasco with AMD drivers because some linux developer pushed a broken kernel (pci_ignore_hotplug removed!).

I think it is time that people admit that as of 2015, there are several use cases where Windows is just better to have installed rather than Linux. In fact, I'd go so far as to say if you have to install just one operating system on a computer, most definitely install Windows. As a computer literate user , you are less likely to have to fiddle and run into roadblocks with Windows.

Comment Re:Linux Mint gets it right. (Score 1) 155

Dude, people who know enough about what software they are using and for what specialized purpose are not the ones making 'this OS is better than that' arguments. These arguments usually come from fanboys on both sides.

For me, each OS (even Windows) has its strengths and weaknesses. Windows for games and Linux for work (scientific data analysis). Come to think of it, its MacOS that doesn't really have a niche.

Comment Re:Greedy Corporation (Score 1) 214

Ha. They will still tolerate illegal copying. He even clearly mentions that they will continue to allow customers to run Windows 10 in a non-genuine state. The only difference is that it won't be a one click upgrade. But then, it probably won't be a one-click upgrade for genuine users.

Look, pragmatically speaking, Windows is not leaving the desktop until every AAA-gaming title ships on Linux. That's it, plain and simple. You and I know both know that there is nothing else motivates people to install Windows. If games work on Linux, vendors will ship it. And then the desktop environments will improve to run better too. Say what you will , but the Windows DE is much more fluid and crisp in performance compared to Gnome.

Comment Re:Um.. Why? (Score 3, Insightful) 141

More concerning is why the US Prison system is worried about a private corporation's intellectual rights and safeguarding them? Prisons are supposed to listen only to the courts. Did JPay have a judge-signed court order to send this person to solitary?

You Americans should be very disturbed.

Nonsense. Space is blue and birds fly through it. -- Heisenberg