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What do you do with Linux?

#1 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Mon Sep 18, 2017 8:20 pm

I'm a Windows person and I'm just curious, what do you Linux for, and is it Linux only?
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#2 Post by axur-delmeria » Tue Sep 19, 2017 1:05 am

Pretty much what I used to do on Windows, I guess?

Web browsing, typing documents, listening to music, watching videos, etc.

Sometimes I go exploring the software repository in a "what does this program do?" mode, or try to look for alternatives for the default programs.
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What do you do with Linux?

#3 Post by Omineca » Tue Sep 19, 2017 10:06 am

Almost everything: browsing, word processing and spreadsheets, Skype, music and movies....

The only exceptions are for a few proprietary programs (BlackBerry Link and autoloaders) and interfaces that won't work with anything but Windows. I've been trying not to buy anything like that for a few years now, but it seems almost inevitable that you'll bump into the odd program you need that requires Windows (like my tax software). I just keep a copy of Windows ready to dual boot in those cases, because I can't be bothered to fiddle around with Virtualbox USB connections, etc.
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#4 Post by ajkula66 » Tue Sep 19, 2017 12:05 pm

My Roland/Boss recording software requires windows (or osx) as does my blackberry. Everything else that I do -not all that much nowadays - is covered by linux
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#5 Post by mydreamlaptop » Tue Oct 10, 2017 10:53 am

Pretty much almost everything... I started switching over after it became clear around Windows 8/8.1 time that Microsoft wasn't going to make a stable desktop operating system.
Large corporations rarely admit mistakes. They never went back on the Ribbon even though screens got shorter.

So if I have to learn a completely new OS anyway, might as well go Linux.

Then the whole AdvertisingID/Cortana/Keylogging/Telemetry issue came out, for pretty much everyone, not just Insiders as previously expected and that pretty much sealed the deal. (Now every large corporation is getting hacked, even the credit bureaus are not immune. The kind of data MS could collect with W10 has the potential to be a major disaster once even a little of it leaks. Or they could use it themselves for whatever.) I was shocked and appalled.

Of course you will never get 100% with any single operating system, so it pays to have a plan ready for when the Windows security update period ends. Keep your options open.

I imaged my W7 install, took the free W10 upgrade offer on the last day, imaged W10 and then restored W7. So I have the license for W10 in case of need for software that doesn't support W7.

If you need to use proprietary things, virtualization and/or a dedicated, air-gapped cheap computer for each workflow helps to keep things isolated. If it needs an internet connection then things get way more complicated.

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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#6 Post by RealBlackStuff » Tue Oct 10, 2017 11:15 am

Since many people have more than one computer nowadays, run your preferred OS on your main machine and the rarely-needed OS on your old-timer.
A usable W7 can go down as far as T43/p.
The same (and any newer and many older) machine(s) can run Linux.
My suggestion for still up-to-date: X230 and/or T430/T530 with the classic keyboard mod.

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Everything else runs W7 with one exception: my T23 still runs XP and is only used to remove Supervisor passwords and Computrace.
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#7 Post by shawross » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:35 pm

All my machines are on Windows 7 but eventually I intend to start exploring Linux.

I will probably dual boot a machine and then go from there.

Yes I like to keep my options open also and being under the control of big corporations like MS makes me ill.

I worry MS will inject EOL bugs to W 7 but we can wait and see.
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#8 Post by ajkula66 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:48 pm

shawross wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:35 pm
I worry MS will inject EOL bugs to W 7 but we can wait and see.
Lock the system down by disabling WU and you'll have nothing to worry about IMO...
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#9 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:50 pm

Until they create their own EternalBlue 'bug' in a new update disguised as a security patch, then use it install the EOL crap.

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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#10 Post by ajkula66 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:56 pm

Thinkpad4by3 wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 8:50 pm
Until they create their own EternalBlue 'bug' in a new update disguised as a security patch, then use it install the EOL crap.
I might have not been clear enough: *any* and *all* Windows-related updates from M$ are to be avoided. My systems running W7 have all been locked down for quite some time now, ever since the first signs of telemetry and other nonsense getting pushed through WU. Nothing bad has happened as a result of this policy, and I don't believe that it ever will.

Obviously, YMMV.
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#11 Post by Thinkpad4by3 » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:03 pm

Ahhh, OK. That makes sense. No patches what so ever.

The other problem comes in when they find the next 'EternalBlue' exploit that they will use against unpatched machines, and implement through patched machines using WU.

Only time will tell to see how evil the programmers at Microsoft really are, which they have proven to be quite so with Windows 10 spying and the free upgrade annoy-a-tron.
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#12 Post by shawross » Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 pm

I think MS are fairly busy trying to perfect Windows 10 and its tentacles at present.

Also there have been some ransom-ware patches this year and such but yes disabling all updates is definitely an option.

Currently I only install security updates but in truth I am concerned about Google, MS, Intel and Lenovo. YMMV
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Re: What do you do with Linux?

#13 Post by micrex22 » Fri Oct 13, 2017 3:52 pm

shawross wrote:
Thu Oct 12, 2017 9:26 pm
I think MS are fairly busy trying to perfect Windows 10 and its tentacles at present.

Also there have been some ransom-ware patches this year and such but yes disabling all updates is definitely an option.

Currently I only install security updates but in truth I am concerned about Google, MS, Intel and Lenovo. YMMV
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