Well, you can always use multiple partitions, multiple hdds, external hdds for data, then you wont need to rescue any data, plus you can have one usb flash with full system backup of C: disk, and one with some bootable backup/restore software, so that eliminates linux live for backups, and there also are things like hirens boot cd (if you buy some programs, you can legally use them in hirens too, there are also some editions only with free software), which you can use for restoring your windows backup as well, it has many different programs for the whole pc maintenance, plus it has live modes of windows xp/7 and so on. Plus talking about restoring deleted files, linux kind of sucks : it has only command line tools, and most of them are very bad, because it dont play well with windows file systems like exfat, those programs can only scan full hdd and restore the whole deleted content, where as in windows all the tools have gui versions, so you can just open program, press scan button, and select files that you want to restore. So yeah, the point is to know how to do things in your environment, to have tools to fix things. And one more thing. You know what they say, one a linux man can catch virus with windows It also depends on which network you are, bigger companies networks are more likely to be attacked, i had like 2 viruses in 10 years, both were blocked by antivirus, one tried to get in when my pc was connected to the internet via some companies network, and the other one was when was visiting some crackzzzzzz site.
But seriously, this false virtual world security is overrated, i'm more concerned about real life security, about all these *******s that drives cars like crazy, or all the guns that people have, and other stupid people, who things, that guns are made for peace and to kill kittens. You can die from one of them 1000 times before you will catch a virus with windows and loose your private pron collection.
Yeah, of course. I make images at least once per week of all my systems and the data is always on a seperate disk or partition. But tell that to the little old ladies in my computer club. I have taught several classes about imaging, but most still dont do it.Well, you can always use multiple partitions, multiple hdds, external hdds for data, then you wont need to rescue any data, plus you can have one usb flash with full system backup of C: disk, and one with some bootable backup/restore software, so that eliminates linux live for backups
And the extra data partition is a challenge too. Most have laptops and those come nearly all the time with 4 primary partitions - which is stupid. For them to convert a couple of partitions to logical so that they can create an extended partition for their data is far beyond their capabilities.
To give you an idea of the level of skill those people have: When IE9 came out, the favorites were on the right top in lieu of the left top like in IE8. We upgraded all the club systems to IE9. But there were so many complaints about the favorites being on the "wrong side", that the club decided to go back to IE8. That may sound stupid, but that's what we deal with. 90% of those people know how to click on the 5 icons on their desktop, but anything beyond that is terra incognita.
It's one thing doing stuff like that in my own system, I have so many backups and safety measures so I can be fairly confident I and my systems are going to survive most anything. Another thing is when I have to deal with other people's computers and I deal with that because they are not able to do that so any tool that can give me an edge I will and do use. Not stupid enough to go to gun fight with a knife.
I'm an IT guy by trade. I live and breathe in vms. I often have 3-5 vms running at all times. Domain controllers, exchange servers, system center, SQL server, various clients, and a bunch of Linux servers running BIND, FTP, and apache and tomcat.
My desktop hosts are not powerhouses. 1 is a core 2duo with 8gb of ram, and a single 2tb spinner. My 2nd one is a core i7-3770 with 16 gb of ram and 4 x 7200rpm spinner drives. These machines give me great performance. Unless you are rendering video, trying to mix audio, rendering 3d cad applications, or playing video games like battlefield 4, vms should run quiet well.
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Well, no doubt you have advanced skills. And they are probably great systems for servers with which I never got involved. But as you said, for the desktop, Mint is a better choice.
Last edited by whs; 26 Apr 2014 at 20:48.
As far as I'm concerned Microslop really screwed up with this bulls**t