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Aug 21st, 2018 at 4:56am

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Anyone use Linux? I'm in the process of switching over my business computers to Linux. I've had it with Microsoft & there intrusive software & constant updates from Hell.
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Reply #1 - Aug 21st, 2018 at 12:10pm

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I work in Unix and am slowly converting to Linux.
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Reply #2 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 11:29am

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So far I really like Linux..there's a learning curve but I think it'll be well worth it & should save me lots of money.  I currently run 8-12 computers...no more MS upgrades or money  to dish out for new operating systems, virus  programs....my smile is getting bigger each day.
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Reply #3 - Aug 22nd, 2018 at 7:15pm

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Linux? I guess I'll have to google it. Would it help someone like me? I don't like viruses and the microsoft monopoly.
 

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Reply #4 - Aug 23rd, 2018 at 8:02am

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If you can figure out how to run the programs you use it's light years better than microsoft.
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Reply #5 - Sep 13th, 2018 at 7:52pm

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Per what you've said above Alan, I'm making the jump Friday afternoon to Linux. Some questions before I do.

I've been reading online where Linux is faster and
Also you have to pay $119+ for Windows 10 and ZERO $ for Linux.
I'm tired of Microsoft’s monopoly, arrogance and proneness for viruses.

So, I'm looking for input from you. I'm searching online as well. But I trust you more.

My laptop is pretty darn fast and I want to keep it that way. Right now I have nothing installed on the SSD other than the Windows 8.1 - I use two 4TB Passport external drives for files, folder backups and photography photos and such.

The laptop is primary used for:
I'm online a lot surfing and searching for info.
I use Firefox and Google Chrome. Explorer... never. What does Linux use for a browser? Also, it is very important that WiFi works with Linux. If not, then it's a deal breaker.
I use Adobe CS6 everyday... is that compatible with Linux?
I've used Gmail for 18 years now... can I keep it on Linux?
I like to use Delorme's Maps, is that compatible on Linux?
I'm going to ditch MS Word and Excel and find something else to use. So what do you use?

If I have to, I can do most of the above on my Tablet which is also fast with SSD.
I have all of the above on my Tablet and other laptop.

If I make the jump and I'm pretty sure I'm going to, do you have the links on how to do this properly?
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Reply #6 - Sep 14th, 2018 at 12:09am

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Got this info on a laptop forum I've been a member of since 2006. Not getting to use my Adobe CS6 might be a deal breaker though. I use that every day. Maybe I'll try the GIMP program they offer?

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Below are quick answers to some of the software questions you asked. The great thing is you don't have to wait to run all of them! Gimp, Thunderbird, LibreOffice and many others run on both Linux and Windows. I recommend that since this is your first foray in to Linux, that you install some of the software on Windows to see how you like it and if it can is up to your standards. The next step after this would be to attempt to run a version of Linux in a Virtual Environment via virtualization software. This will allow you to use Linux on top of windows without causing any long term changes. The best software to use for this is call Virtual box. I recommend Ubuntu, Linux Mint, or Fedora for beginners, you can find a breif overview of how to set this up at: https://www.lifewire.com/run-ubuntu-within-windows-virtualbox-2202098

After a couple of weeks/months of using Linux on a virtual box and getting comfortable with it, then you can dive in and install it either dual boot with windows or completely wipe the windows install using only Linux.


Adobe CS6: No, but there are Linux alternatives i.e Gimp

Browser: Firefox, Chrome and Many others run on Linux in fact Firefox is usually the default now days.

WiFi: Depends on the laptop and hardware. Dell XPS's 13 are sold from Dell with Linux, so it is compatible.

Gmail: Yup you can use it in the browser, or if you need a mail client you have options. Thunderbird, Evolution, etc.

Delorme's Maps: At this time DeLorme does not have any products that are designed for or tested on the Linux (Unix) operating system.

MS Office: LibreOffice is a great replacement.

SLing TV: Yes, may need some browser tweaks though.
 

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Reply #7 - Sep 14th, 2018 at 11:34am

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Alan already helped me via email. Since Linux won't run some programs I use everyday, I decided to go with Windows 10 pro. I'm installing it now.

So Alan, what should I replace MS Word / Excel with? Or Keep using it. I'm using the 2010 version on my other laptops.
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Reply #8 - Sep 14th, 2018 at 1:59pm

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I use https://www.openoffice.org/ it's free & works just as good as M/S Office which I think sucks now plus it's expensive.
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Reply #9 - Sep 15th, 2018 at 4:01am

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Thanks Alan! I will give it a try. Smiley
 

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Reply #10 - Sep 26th, 2018 at 6:23am

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Windows 10 is working fine. My only complaint is it want to do updates whether I want them to be done or not... especially when it don't give me a choice at shutdown saying update and shutdown with no option to shutdown without updating. This is a pain when I'm on the road with no AC adaptor. I think I'll see if I can turn off updates and only do it when I feel like it.
 

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You can keep postponing them for a month or so at a time, but be careful after the first time just do it once each month or they force you to update.
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Reply #12 - Sep 26th, 2018 at 5:30pm

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68-73-77 wrote on Sep 14th, 2018 at 1:59pm:
I use https://www.openoffice.org/ it's free & works just as good as M/S Office which I think sucks now plus it's expensive.
Alan  Smiley


I have had that for a few years
 

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