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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby Beiruty » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:36 pm

Anyone is a Linux Mint fan?
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby cb1000rider » Fri Nov 15, 2013 3:43 pm

Never run MINT.

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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Fri Nov 15, 2013 4:53 pm

It is slick and fast. I had it running in a VM for a while but not the current release. But I removed my Windows partition since when my virus scanner was due for a $$ license renewal. I don't miss that bloatware OS at all.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby Russell » Fri Nov 15, 2013 7:21 pm

I tried it a few years ago and wasn't impressed.

My Uncle needed a youtube and email machine a while back - ended up putting Fedora 17 on it for him with the newest Gnome. Terrible GUI for actual power users, but for him it's great. 1 window at a time is perfect speed :) Outside of the standard application issues every once in a while, his machine is rock solid. An application called EasyLife made installing all the extra essentials (java, flash, etc) really easy.

Something that is terribly missing from the Linux desktop is a good remote support tool. Teamviewer is lacking for Linux and just barely works. Standard VNC is not a a good solution from both a security and usability standpoint - it's not easily routable by itself through typical home firewalls. I know that Gnome has a built-in remote support tool but I haven't had a chance to try it yet and from the looks of it it just sets up a VNC session for you. Linux needs a teamviewer-like program that isn't dog slow.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sat Nov 16, 2013 9:07 am

Try OpenSUSE or Ubuntu, It has everything you are asking for. If Gnome slows your system down just try KDE. There is also a release out called Kubuntu. I haven't tried it but a friend of mine says it is the ultimate OS for him. I got tired of paying virus software subscriptions and dealing with Windows 8/ 8.1 and OpenSUSE 13.1 did the trick for me.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby Russell » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:05 am

I'm a Redhat guy, and I need to be able to support him when he asks questions, so I stick to those flavors of releases :)
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sat Nov 16, 2013 11:12 am

There is nothing wrong with Redhat or CentOS.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby rotor » Sat Nov 16, 2013 1:01 pm

Have loaded multiple linux variations on a system for many years but just like Mac, the applications I need to run my business just are not available on anything other than Windows. I do not see any advantage to running windows in linux or mac. I still do most of my work with XP pro and see no reason to upgrade. I know people that are still running DOS. I don't think the average person cares about what operating system they use, only about the applications they use and does it work.

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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sat Nov 16, 2013 3:19 pm

True, who cares about the OS. What I do care for, since there is no way to avoid the internet, is the fact I have to buy a anti virus subscription. It took me one year to get everything to work on Linux but for me it is worth every minute I spent.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby koolaid » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:35 pm

rotor wrote:Have loaded multiple linux variations on a system for many years but just like Mac, the applications I need to run my business just are not available on anything other than Windows. I do not see any advantage to running windows in linux or mac. I still do most of my work with XP pro and see no reason to upgrade. I know people that are still running DOS. I don't think the average person cares about what operating system they use, only about the applications they use and does it work.


XP is being end of lifed next year, which means no more security updates. Would really recommend updating to a supported OS before that happens. Even if you don't personally care about your computer, it will only be a matter of time before it gets hijacked and added to a botnet, which affects other people.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sat Nov 16, 2013 7:44 pm

True, XP is end of life and in less it is isolated from the internet, prone to be exploited due to its popularity. And once MS dumps it the "security firms" won't update their software either.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby rotor » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:20 pm

DOS is end of life too, a long time ago. But when you have software and hardware that require one operating system there is not much one can do to "upgrade" to something else that your applications and hardware won't work with. I would be very surprised if Norton and the other anti virus suppliers drop XP just because MS does. At least for now anyhow. I think there is a lucrative market still to be had selling to the xp crowd. And if I am wrong about that then I don't know what I will do.

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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby bmwrdr » Sat Nov 16, 2013 10:32 pm

And that is exactly the point why I made my decission to go with Linux only!
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby G.A. Heath » Sun Nov 17, 2013 12:12 am

Yes, since Kernel 2.0.0 with a Slackware version called "Slackware 96" and I still utilize slackware to this day. I also use Debian, SuSE, Ubuntu, and others including an Android variant called Cyanogenmod.
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Re: Are there any Linux users on this board?

Postby TheArmedFarmer » Sun Nov 17, 2013 9:02 am

I started with Slackware back in the mid 90s and never looked back at the MSFT world. Today we run Fedora and Centos on most of our machines but we play with other distros for fun. All our computers and laptops all run Linux. No MSFT or Apple to be found in our home.

It's nice to know Linux because my phone runs Linux and I can ssh into it. From my phone I can ssh back to my desktop and check my mail (using mutt) from anywhere in the world. Love it.
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