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Favorite distro or windows version?
« on: October 14, 2014, 08:37:20 pm »
This is a rather tough one for me. It varies throughout the year but I tend to switch distro's time to time as well as the desktop environments on them. Recently I've been using the cinnamon DE on manjaro linux (a fork of arch linux with a GUI). I used linux mint on my laptop for a while, But I'm also interested in what you all use too.


What's your preferred flavoring of linux?
Or, if you use windows, favorite windows version?
I've tried windows 10 and it seems to be fairly decent but wont boot off an external and takes 10 minutes normally  ???


I also dual boot manjaro and windows 7 through grub, and have each on a raid 1 and windows 10 on a single drive.
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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #1 on: October 14, 2014, 09:02:10 pm »
It's hard to say, because after a few years, older Windows OSes become obsolete (either programs dropping support for the OS or Microsoft stopping maintaining it) and I personally never used Linux yet, but among Windows versions, I used Windows 3.1, 95, NT 4.0, 98, 2000, XP, Vista, 7 and 8. Windows 7 is my favorite among them, but I might eventually give Windows 10 a try.

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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #2 on: October 14, 2014, 09:05:38 pm »
If windows 10 can polish itself well enough I'll probably be making a switch from windows 7. I just dont like how it sync's even the keyboard layout, I have DIP switches on mine to make it dvorak on a hardware level so my laptop would be on the software level. If it were both on my PC, it would be like swapping all the keys twice  D:
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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #3 on: October 14, 2014, 09:09:21 pm »
I like to use MacOS and Linux Raspian.

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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #4 on: October 14, 2014, 09:11:18 pm »
If windows 10 can polish itself well enough I'll probably be making a switch from windows 7. I just dont like how it sync's even the keyboard layout, I have DIP switches on mine to make it dvorak on a hardware level so my laptop would be on the software level. If it were both on my PC, it would be like swapping all the keys twice  D:
What I like about 10 is that the start menu seems back. The lack of a classic start menu is why I did not switch to Windows 8.

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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #5 on: October 14, 2014, 09:14:51 pm »
What I like about 10 is that the start menu seems back. The lack of a classic start menu is why I did not switch to Windows 8.

That and it seems to crash a bit more and is less free on the settings it. I had to do some research on how to make a system backup on 8.1. What's worst is the UEFI on laptops. It's bad you're not able to restore windows without enabling that and switching the settings on it time to time when doing some repairs.

However it's fun on a touch enabled laptop.
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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #6 on: October 14, 2014, 09:24:37 pm »
My Linux distro of choice is Arch Linux with AwesomeWM (I'll take my system very lightweight and with a good level of personalization thanks), or else I like OS X's interface and the fact it's pretty much the only desktop UNIX most commercial software such as the Adobe CC suite supports. And yeah, I agree Windows 10 looks pretty good so far, I'll be the first to install it on my Surface Pro once it comes out.

So yeah, I tend to not use Windows unless necessary (unless it's my Surface which I didn't installed anything else on it for various reasons), although I can poke at it in my Win 10 and 98 VMs.
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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #7 on: October 14, 2014, 09:55:58 pm »
Debian for server, Mac OS X for desktop/laptop :P
If I have to choose a Windows, then 7 is still better for a desktop, for me.
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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #8 on: October 15, 2014, 02:54:33 am »
This is easy for me. Windows 7 all the way. Although, before 7 came out XP was my OS of choice.

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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2014, 03:30:11 am »
Well, when only looking at the OS's stability and features, I like Linux a lot more than Windows. The distribution I'm currently running is Ubuntu, but I've never tried an other distro.

But when choosing an OS for my computer, I think I'd choose Windows 7, because it a stable windows version that is still supported by pretty much all software. I know Windows 8 is newer, but I've experienced it to be unstable and it's support for older programs is a lot worse than that of Windows 7. The reason I personally won't choose for Linux (if I had a choice) is that while more and more software is made to be cross-platform, the vast majority is still only made for Windows.
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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #10 on: October 15, 2014, 10:47:40 am »
Hm, let's see what i use.....
Archlinux (Desktop)
Raspbian (Raspberry Pi)
Bananian (Banana Pi)
Debian (VPS)

For a desktop I prefer Archlinux, I use XFCE4 currently (and since more than a year now)

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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #11 on: October 15, 2014, 02:13:26 pm »
Windows 8 all the way. I really like the interface and I'm not even running it on touch. It's not that resource intensive either.

I dislike Linux for a few reasons and try to steer clear of it, the main reason being drivers. If I had to use it though (and I do occasionally) then it would be Arch or Mint and XFCE4. Cinnamon's nice but I get too bored of it.


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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #12 on: October 15, 2014, 02:20:38 pm »
I prefer Arch, personally, but wouldn't recommend it for most non-tech-savvy users. A nice debian stable installation works well there. I put one on my parents' computer 6 years ago and it's still running strong with no real maintenance.

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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #13 on: October 15, 2014, 07:08:45 pm »
Something I fear with newer Windows versions is that eventually support for 32-bit softwares might be phased out the same way 16-bit ones did and there are many good 32-bit softwares out there that are still useful.

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Re: Favorite distro or windows version?
« Reply #14 on: October 15, 2014, 11:23:54 pm »
I agree with the last few posts here. For me there's some sort of holy trinity of Linux distros: Arch for the tech-savvy, Linux Mint for the newbies and Debian for servers. And yeah, Microsoft made a big move toward touch devices with Windows 8, it's pretty cool if you have one, but if you don't, the Start Menu that came with it and all the touch features might feel weird.

For netbooks, mine was sold with Windows 7. Which I think was totally not made for that. Your netbook will be delighted if you install a Linux.

For 32-bit support, I think it will be around as long 64-bit will live. 16-bit support was dropped on 64-bit CPUs, but it's still there on 32-bit CPUs, so I think 32-bit support will be dropped with 128-bit CPUs if they ever come out.
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