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  1. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       30 Oct 2015 #11

    Hello,

    Although I was a Microsoft Partner for many years now that I am retired I hardly ever need Windows so I decided not to bother. It is probably worth waiting for the first upgrade anyway. A Samsung TabS has also entered my life since then so I do a good deal of stuff on that.

    Malcolm
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  2. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2,077
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.693)
       30 Oct 2015 #12

    Sorry to tell that, but to do more than using the internet and office work you need Windows. Not trying to start an OS war here, but to get advantage of all the features of your hardware you need Windows as most drivers and applications are written for them. Using Linux limits you to certain applications that not always have all the features of a well-know Windows application or are not that easy to use. Anybody having used Open Office to do something more advanced than typing a document knows what I mean. Also most hardware will get generic third-party drivers rather than official OEM driver and hence not work at its full potential or not have all the features available as when used in Windows. Not really desirable for most of us. Linux is good to experiment with, but it has a long way to go to replace the every day OS of an average user. And what I hate most is that you have to resort to the terminal even for the simplest thing!
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  3. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       30 Oct 2015 #13

    Hello,

    In the 40 years that I have been involved in IT of one sort or another I used all sorts of weird stuff in the early days, DEC, VAX with teleprinters, no monitors, but since then I have only used Unix or Linux servers with various flavours of desktops. I liked Windows 2000, 2003 and 7 very much, but I haven't got on too well with anything after that. Linux really does do everything I need to do at present often from the console so that I can see exactly what is happening.

    In the past I have written many EPOS and accounting programs both for Windows and other platforms but now I can do everything Ubuntu. At present I am cataloguing a collection of over 100,000 documents in various formats and author/title arrangement which is keeping me quite busy.

    It is surprising what machines can be persuaded to do when they are built and programmed to do the job. My wife builds, I program.

    Malcolm
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  4. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2,077
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.693)
       30 Oct 2015 #14

    Yes but an average user cannot tweak any settings or write his own applications! So he should better use Windows which are easier and give more choices.
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  5. Joined : Jun 2015
    Posts : 6
    Windows 7 Ultimate
       30 Oct 2015 #15

    Hello,

    I agree but we are not all the same so blanket statements do not cover all cases.

    Malcolm

    Malcolm
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  6. Joined : Sep 2015
    Posts : 2,077
    Windows 10 Pro 64-bit 1607 (AE build 14393.693)
       30 Oct 2015 #16

    That's why I said "average user", not everyone. Linux is for those that wish to test and experience something different. For anyone that looks the easy way to do things and doesn't want to search his way around, better stick with Windows. If Linux could replace the desktop of an average user, then nobody would pay for a Windows license, they would just install Ubuntu. If you have to pay for it there is a good reason.
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