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Discussion in 'Computers' started by Prinny, Aug 10, 2012.

  1. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase
    Thread Starter

    Hey, everyone!

    So I have decided to start this neat little thread, right here. Yes, this one.

    So, everyone. What is your OS of choice, and why?

    What about it is something you like? Maybe you could share some secrets/tweaks/etc you have? (Especially to those conky fans ;D)

    So how about it?

    Me? Its Scientific Linux. Based on RedHat, one of my favorite distros. Using Gnome2 for that nice, yet simplistic look. And it just...works for what I need. Usually, configuring BCM4313 wireless cards can be quite annoying, especially if it won't let you compile from source.

    However this one, it worked (sluggishly) out of the box, and all I had to do was open terminal, and install broadcom-wl. My PC runs GREAT with this.

    What about you folks? Windows? Mac? Some sort of Linux/Unix build? Please, enlighten me. There are a few of you who I'm really curious about what you use.
     



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  2. Bob Maxey

    Bob Maxey Android Expert

    Windows. Always Windows.
     
  3. Seanette

    Seanette Android Expert

    I'm on Windows because I'm used to it, and I don't seem to get along well with Mac OS. The laptop I'm typing on right now came with Vista and I've never felt much urge to change that.

    My husband is a Mac OS person by preference. We're a mixed marriage :). (At least we agree on religion and politics.)
     
  4. MacFett

    MacFett Android Expert

    I prefer linux, SuSE was my flavor of choice but I didn't know it well enough to use it full time and had to revert back to Windows. I really do love Windows 7, but would rather be on linux and hope to switch back again soon.

    I prefer linux because of the security and cost. Open source is just the way to go.
     
  5. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    I'm a long time linux user, currently using Mageia 2, a fork of Mandriva. I've tried a few different ones over the years but decided to stick with a so called easy distro.

    I do have Win XP also but haven't installed it on my current desktop system. I also have a Mini Mac running Tiger OSX. It's setup on my HDTV as my multimedia system.

    Android on my phone! :)
     
  6. 9to5cynic

    9to5cynic Android Expert

    I've been on debian for quite a while now. I'm liking it quite a bit. I am thinking of jumping ship back to linux mint - and would like to try out their new UI.

    I like linux the best. And really, anything solid with a gnome2 desktop suites me well. :D
     
  7. Davdi

    Davdi Android Expert

    PCLinuxOS XFCE and Enlightenment desktops on Desktop boxes, PCLinuxOS XFCE on Laptop. Mint just to play with Cinnamon/Mate. Win7 when I Absolutely have to.

    I started playing with Linux around Ubuntu Dapper, never intended it to become my main OS, I just appreciate the stability and control it gives you. Even more since I became a Mature Student doing a Bachelor's in Computer Forensics and Security.
     
  8. !on

    !on Android Expert

    Right now, OS X snow leopard (I'm on Leopard). It comes on my laptop. Moved from widows XP & find it much better. For some reason I don't trust Lion + for being too much like iOS, but then I haven't tried it so I'm being ignorant.

    When the laptop carks it I'll look at tablets, seriously looking at the latest android. My desktop (XP) also had Ubuntu partition so used that more than windows.

    Android or Ubuntu.
     
  9. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase
    Thread Starter

    I've been using Scientific Linux for a week now just about; Probably the best distro I used so far. I mean, hell, CERN develops it xD So it can't be THAT bad...

    I think once I get conky set up, i'll be satisfied.

    Though, for anyone who wants to compare linux OS's...

    DistroWatch.com: Put the fun back into computing. Use Linux, BSD.
     
  10. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I'm a Wintel Engineer so I prefer working with windows. However curiosity and customisability makes my OS (And flavour) of choice Linux Ubuntu.

    I like how I can do pretty much whatever I want with it.

    Unlike many linux users, I do not find Linux more stable than Windows. Maybe I'm just proficient at making Windows stable. I do find I have to reboot linux every now and then.

    I find Windows more intuitive to use. I find Linux more fun to use.
     
  11. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase
    Thread Starter

    It really all depends, I think at least, on how much you know on computers, and what you DO with them.

    For example, I browse the web on mine, send email, youtube, the basics. Its a Compaq Presario CQ57, so it's really not that high end of a PC; Linux suits me fine, whereas Windows really...wasn't cutting it for me. I mean, not to say it wasn't stable, but I really enjoy that I can customize Linux fully. Sure, I'll have to reboot my linux machine once a week...but its worth it, in my eyes.
     
  12. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    Besides Linux being stable, customizable, virus free etc, it's free and I would rather run a free OS and put up with its shortcomings then to have to pay for the OS and have same or worser shortcomings!
     
  13. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Nothing is virus free.
     
  14. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    Linux is more virus free than Windows. I hope nobody was thinking I meant totally virus free. I've never ran a virus program on Linux.
     
  15. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I use avg on Linux. Yes its much much less likely to contract a virus. After all, you can't topple governments with linux viruses.
     
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  16. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase
    Thread Starter

    Does google count as government ? Might as well. They use a Linux OS for work, appropriately dubbed Goobuntu
     
  17. javasirc

    javasirc Well-Known Member

    I use windows 7. Its a huge upgrade for GUI (mainly the taskbar) compared to windows XP. Windows runs all the programs I need. Windows is all I've ever known. With the 3rd party programs I have installed, its more productive than plain windows 7. I can use multiple desktops similar to Linux, I can sync music and video easily with my phone our other USB drives by using SyncToy, and make my own hotkeys with AutoHotKey.

    I did try Linux a few months ago. I gave up when I couldn't get it to connect to the internet.
     
  18. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    Noun:
    The governing body of a nation, state, or community.

    The system by which a nation, state, or community is governed.
     
  19. saptech

    saptech Android Expert

    I did try ClamAV once on a Debian system just to see how it ran on linux, but removed it the same day. It doesn't hurt to be safe though!

    When I ran Windows, I never got a virus either, though I did have AV installed. It's the grandkids that contract viruses on Windows, now I don't worry about it with Linux!
     
  20. Prinny

    Prinny Resident Linux Nutcase
    Thread Starter

    So. Technically. Yes
     
  21. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I used clam on windows server because it was free. There's always a battle between best free windows desktop os AV. Bit out of the loop myself, supporting corporate environments.

    Never worried per se...
     
  22. Rachel A

    Rachel A Android Expert

    They would probably like to think so, at least.... :)
     
  23. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    So technically, actually and in definition, No.

    I'm not sure if you're intentionally being facetious but lets try to keep this serious please
     
  24. argedion

    argedion The TechnoFrog

    FEDORA all the way. I have gone windowless and well its THE BOMB. :smokingsomb:

    I have been using the LXDE desktop on 2 of my computers, Really liking it and getting used to it. LOVE THE OPEN SOURCE and FREEDOM
     
  25. SUroot

    SUroot Extreme Android User

    I found when I ran LXDE on the linux image on my phone, I made it.look.like unity ;)
     
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