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originally posted by: ArMaP
I use mostly Windows machines, at work and at home, and I don't remember the last time I had one system hanging, only specific programs (and never Word or Excel), and, if I'm not mistake, the last BSOD I had was two years ago, because of bad drivers.
Some years ago I had a computer (built by me) with Windows 2000 in which I even changed network cards without turning it off, it just worked. During the 5 years I used that computer I had one BSOD.
System stability is usually more a hardware problem than an OS problem, all modern OSs are extremely stable.
originally posted by: Maxatoria
If you wanted uptime then you should really speak to those people who ran VMS systems (its been retired now but was a DEC/Compaq OS) and a lot of the people were there with uptimes of years for their machines as you could dynamically take down and upgrade a node and then pop it back on with virtually no problems.
Every OS has its faults and windows is one in that has a lot of faults due to it allowing third party supported drivers as pretty much every OS developer will know that giving someone else that low level access and probably with a short time so they don't have time to test it properly will end in failure at some point.
Linux is good as its on a slower release schedule and there's plenty of peer reviews but its not perfect but would be a lot better if every time a few dev's got into an argument they wouldn't decide to fork the projects tree and have an hissy fit.
originally posted by: DigginFoTroof
I'll have to disagree b/c I've taken machines that freeze or BSOD, move to Linux and never a problem again.
I think it all depends upon how the comuter is used, how intensly it is used (2-3 hours a day, 4-6 or 10-12?)
originally posted by: jhin1place
Depending on your skill level, linux might be right for you. In some ways, still not for your average Joe user (especially on the desktop), but if you're interested, pretty much every distribution has a bootable usb or cd option that you can load up an try without changing anything on your laptop/workstation.
One last note, there are a few of the small, bootable distros that are excellent if you want to have some anonymity while browsing, etc., and don't want to leave a footprint. You can boot them up, do your banking, web browsing, etc., then shut them down. Nothing saved (at least locally on the hard disk). My 2 cents.
originally posted by: Finspiracy
I use linux mint, switched away from ubuntu a few years ago. Fully graphical user interface just like windows. Very easy to update and use for purposes i mentioned.