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windows 8.1 vs ubuntu 14.04

  1. #51


    Quote Originally Posted by noelbeth55 View Post
    i should have added i have no intention of using mint or any other linux distro. i just wanted to try it out. as far as i am concerned nothing comes close to win 8.1
    Yeah, license keys, costs, activation, media center keys, inability to download the install media....all things you don't get to experience when you skip Windows.

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  2. #52


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by caperjack View Post
    for what its worth ,im gonna try xubuntu 14.04 64bit ,,will really give it a good go this time .downloading iso now ,will install it later on a separate drive after I unhook the 2 main drive in my tower
    ok, ijuat installed xubuntu,install went great ,it picked up my nic, and iam on the internet, it aout 20 min or less ,i was watching tv in another room during the install ,i dont use a printer or any other device on this tower so not sure how well it would have done with drivers for such . anyway will give it a go for now ,
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  3. #53


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by noelbeth55 View Post
    i should have added i have no intention of using mint or any other linux distro. i just wanted to try it out. as far as i am concerned nothing comes close to win 8.1
    Yeah, license keys, costs, activation, media center keys, inability to download the install media....all things you don't get to experience when you skip Windows.
    good way to look at it ,
    for myself as an mvp i have had it all free since 2009 ,so cost wasnt an issue i just like windows ,easier to use for me i guess
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  4. #54


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    Windows 8.1.1


    Security through obscurity........... we don't really want or need millions of newbs switching to Linux. Sometimes ya just gotta hear the hard truth.






    ETA: I dual boot 8.1 / Ubuntu 14.04.
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  5. #55


    There is a learning curve with Linux. It often demonstrates that people who feel that ARE computer savvy aren't as advanced a they may think.

    I find it best to try Linux as a virtual machine. This way, no risk to the actual machine and it gives you a running machine with a web browser for researching how to do something on Linux.

    Also, don't let command line intimidate you. It's not that hard and makes documentation very simple. Everything in Linux is a text file for configuration, so no registry to have to be concerned with.
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  6. #56


    Adelaide
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    Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 (64 bit), Linux Mint 17.1 MATE (64 bit)


    If you don't like W8, then I suspect you won't like Ubuntu 14 with Unity either.

    Quote Originally Posted by whs View Post
    A compromise could be running Ubuntu for your daily work and Windows 8.1 in a virtual partition (e.g. with VMware Player) for those Windows programs that you absolutely need. That is not a solution for games (performance) but works well with 'normal' programs.

    I tried Wine myself and never really got good results. That is not a good option.

    I run Windows as main (host) system and half a dozen Linux distros under VMware Player. That is a good option too. If you run the OS from a SSD, there is quasi no performance impact. I even run my virtual Linux systems from an external SSD attached via eSata or USB3. That way I need to maintain only one set and can run them on any of my PCs.
    Agreed.

    I've never used WINE, as I often see comments complaining about various programs not running correctly.

    I use VMware Player in Linux Mint 17 MATE (64 bit).
    I can play my old Windows games (2001 or earlier) without any issues (using an XP VM).

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    It all boils down to the hardware you have. If you have a desktop computer with a wired network card, it's almost a guarantee it will work. If you have a laptop with an Intel Nic, it will likely be fine. You have a wireless and broadcom wireless, might be a bigger challenge. Also, might work just fine.
    Broadcom equipment must be junk.
    Most of the Linux wireless issues I've read about related to their stuff.

    My Atheros wireless worked "out of the box" (Toshiba Satellite Pro C650).

    Quote Originally Posted by noelbeth55 View Post
    i should have added i have no intention of using mint or any other linux distro. i just wanted to try it out. as far as i am concerned nothing comes close to win 8.1
    Agreed.

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Also, don't let command line intimidate you. It's not that hard and makes documentation very simple.
    I have to disagree with this.
    Once you are comfortable with Linux you might find them helpful.

    I find the man pages to be a baffling ordeal with almost no sensible examples.
    You are better off searching the Internet.

    This is not only a Linux issue though.
    Most help files these days are based on the assumption that you already know how to do something and therefore don't need the Help file.
    They are about as useful as tying a piece of string around your finger.

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Everything in Linux is a text file for configuration, so no registry to have to be concerned with.
    Agreed.
    It's much easier to edit a text config file (which normally includes comments) than hunting through the Windows Registry.
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  7. #57


    well i have to eat my previous words. installed ubuntu 14.04. wow. recognised everything, and i mean everything and loaded all the drivers itself. i would like to add the icons back to the desktop and get rid of unity but other than that, wow again. the way it is going at this point it appears it is goodbye microsoft from me. i am greatful although a little bewildered as to why it is free. there should be some charge for this wonderful os.
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  8. #58


    Central IL
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    Linux Mint 17.2


    Load a different Gui if you want to get rid of Unity, which eats up a lot of CPU cycles, along with RAM.
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  9. #59


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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    xubuntu loaded nice and worked right off, but I only do a bit of web browsing and my little bit here on this site,burn the odd iso file ,and listen to some music , so ill stick with windows .
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  10. #60


    thanks. as i am at the bottom of the learning ladder do you mind if i ask how i do that
    broe23
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