Discussion in 'Bloody Computers' started by seafarer1939, Feb 17, 2012.

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  1. I'm just a sort of light user,I buy 3G broadband on a Dongle £10 for a 1 month or sometimes if Rumrat/Blackrat and others have a story to tell I'll increase it to £15 for 3G but,
    It's now being eating up by all the Windows and others updating all the time.
    You are wary of not updating very important ones so!
    Anyone using Linux?benefits? Problems/ for instance will all my programmes work with Linux.
    I'll maybe give it a change to Linux if it is less needy upon continious updates but last time I tried I Fecked up my whole system and had to do a Format.

    Thanks if you can.
  2. I used Linux for a few months during my transition from Windows to Mac.

    Stable - Free! Although there were updates they weren't so frequent nor large. As long as your browsing and emailing it's fine for the normal user. If you want to delve into music and pictures then you will need a modicum of IT savvi.
  3. Thanks Mate Savvi I don't have re.Computers.
    I may back up the system and give Linux another go.Cheers.
  4. Which Linux did you use. I have dabbled with UBUNTU and found it fine. I agree with regards it being a bit trickier for more advanced use, but it does have media ability if you just want to look at pictures and play movies etc. I got a few windows programs running with Wine, which is an option if you really need a windows program.

    I suspect that a big issue for many will be ipod / iphone management. A quick google indicates that it can be done, but again, not entirely straight forward.

    I like the idea of linux and free opensource programs, but, as I am not tied to iphones / pods and prefer android, I have gone back to Win 7.

    Is disabling updates while you are mobile and then turning them on when you are able to plug into a broadband connection an option?
  5. Linux has come on quite a bit from a few years ago. Better GUI, less command based stuff like it was awhile ago, you couldn't open files without typing in a command.

    It does depend somewhat on what distribution of it you go for as some are easier than others. When you say "all my programs", i would say no they will not all work if they were made for windows. But you can get by fine most of the time with music/picture programs which are made specifically for Linux. As i said, it all depends on what distribution of Linux you go for, and what programs you want to run on it. For basic stuff though like emails and web browsing its great. Updates are minimal and most can be turned off without too many knock on effects. :happy8:
  6. The good thing about linux, and to a lesser extent Mac, is that virii don't tend to be written for it.

    The bad side of that coin is that the other things you DO WANT also tend to be sparsely written.
  7. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    You should try it and give it some time. I use Ubuntu, if you google it you will find links to distribution CD's. These boot straight away letting you play without having all the real faff of setting it up.

    As people have said, at the end of the day its UNIX, so you're windows based apps won't work but for general web use it will be fine. If having tried it you like it there are a plethora of apps out there that will do the same functions as office etc and generally they're free.

    As its UNIX based you need to give it some time and get used to the differences. I use it as the OS on the two laptops my kids have, they don't notice the difference, the GUI compensates dramatically and the speed, even on an old laptop is great.

    There is no downside to trying it. Download Ubuntu | Ubuntu
  8. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    If you like playing with computers and messing around give it a go, if you want something stable and easy to run, with the ability to go complicated later go for windows and if you want easy out of the box and let it get you online, write the odd letter, do media and mail g for a mac

    Over simplified I know
  9. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    Was trying to be diplomatic as I typed it from my Macbook Pro.
  10. Macs are the best. True work horses. Other than my cameras, my mac is the second best thing i ever bought for work!
  11. I tried Ubuntu I still have the disc but I found a lot of programmes including my Real Player Audio Files and videos wouldn't work nor could I connect to the Net.
    Didn't seem worth the bother once that happened.
    Cheers for the help anyway.
  12. I use Linux - this household is an MS Windows free zone. I prefer OpenSuse but have played quite extensively with Ubuntu too.

    I can play music from all sources inc Apple devices, other mp3 devices, radio, CDs and watch DVDs and YouTube and porn too (allegedly) :)

    Yes there was a learning curve, but that magic "F" word kept me going knowing that all my software was FREE. In all, my PC cost me £180 6 years ago and is still going strong.

    If you want to discuss send me a PM. If you do go for it and get stuck then I could help over a Skype call (using an MS product to do Linux support - irony) so I could see your screen.
    Last edited: Feb 19, 2012
  13. Linux is for people who thought Dos 3.0 was too user freindly. It needs to die a horrible geeky death. Honestly, why anyone uses it these days is beyond me. They like to spout about how its a has a fast growing user-base, it isn't hard to grow by 40% a year when only a few thousand people use it day to day. Most of them only use it because it's to unbearable for them to use a Moronicsoft or Apple product.
  14. I recall reading that there were some 23 million Linux desktop users. Sorry, can't provide a link to a source. However if you ignore desktop and laptop devices, there are plenty more devices running Linux that you probably didn't realise. I'll give you one as a head start: Google
  15. The Linux OS is a very good system. Even Dell started shipping their computers with Linux as an option.

    Ubuntu was the variation I used but there are many differing varients out there. Red Hat was another version.

    Well worth a try as I said earlier, especially if you don't want to anything such as hard core gaming.
  16. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    Thats a pretty odd comment. Having LINUX skills will get you a well paid job asap, it runs on nearly every major Server infrastructure, sits behind most datacentres (even DII and on its desktops too). All various flavours but they share its stability and speed, I'm certain I saw it logged at in excess of 50 million UADs worldwide?
  17. wave_dodger

    wave_dodger War Hero Book Reviewer

    and if you are a gamer - dual boot!
  18. Probably yeah. Its bloody fantastic for servers. Way more than 50 million!
  19. As an aside are there any decent bug free "Office" type software available on the freeware/shareware for windows anyone can recommend
  20. Guns

    Guns War Hero Moderator

    Google Docs.

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