I am a Linux Mint guy myself, but since Mint is built off of Ubuntu, I guess that you could say that I am vicariously an Ubuntu guy (I'm not overly
fond of Unity).
I still have several machines in the house that run Windows 7 due to being a gamer, though I would switch completely to Linux in a heartbeat if the
gaming issue was rectified.
SteamOS seems to be the key to that occurring sooner rather than later, and I'm foaming at the mouth to get Bill Gates OUT of my life as
soon as possible.
***EDIT TO ADD***
As far as the dual booting recommendation goes, I would recommand running the LiveCD/DVD of Ubuntu or Mint and testing out before considering a Dual
Boot scenario as for some people, it can be very difficult and can lead to problems if done incorrectly.
Another option is running Ubuntu or Mint on a separate machine if you have one.
edit on 10/19/2013 by ProfessorChaos because: added
You're not vicariously an ubuntu guy, you ALL debian guys and gals.
And even some finicky swine would correct me on that I am sure
Like, you're all Unix guys at heart.
It's not the little things that keep me away from linux. It's the big glaring things. Like ATI drivers still suck. Like no support for something
unless it's made by some whopping name company (say good bye to any usb devices that you pick up for cheap). I mean, I use my hdtv usb stick for tv,
via windows media centre which despite all of the problems, is the best experience for tv on a PC for me. I've tried every flavour of open source
stuff.. none cpome close. All fail. So I can't get away from WMC. I've tried kaffeine and tv apps in nix. It's a struggle to even get a channel
And if I ever need to reinstall, god forbid i i didn't write down a step by step process, then it's another 3-4 days of stress.. and then no guarantee
that it will work the same, if it ever did.
ATI, and hi def video is.. well, in linux, like watching rain falling sideways. Not good enough on a decently specced machine that with bloated
windows runs smooth as a baby's backside.
Games? If you can get them to run in wine or the variants of wine that have come along at a price, sure.. but don't expect any online gaming. Not with
punkbuster... valve have their own anti-hack protection sure, but it also stinks, and none of the games I do play use it, and I'm stuck with
punkbuster. Who won't even consider changing to work in a non-M$ environment.
Firefox is still just that little bit funky. Why is options under preferences and not where it is everywhere else? Under tools?
Why the little things?
I can live with the little things tho. They're a learning curve. But the big things that just appear to continually be looked over.. I'm not bothering
any more. I've given up trying. They don't seem to care.
Multiple monitors? God how hard can it be to do what windows does. Just work. two of them. No need for scrubbing around some conf files or something
if it doesn't just work from the desktop.
Problem with things like ubuntu is that they've tried to remove the terminal component of linux. But it remains a terminal OS. It's got a surface
desktop, but it's a terminal OS.
Besides. I heard that Ubuntu 13.10 is water proof, so you can take your laptop in the shower with you? Has anyone tried this?
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