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    Default No more bad boy windows for me!

    Yes finally, I've taken the plunge of eradicating MS from my main PC after 5 years of dual booting!!!!!! This has been in all ways due to my absolute love of oS 11.4; this is a truly great version of Linux and although it doesn't support the doze software I thought I needed, I am now trying out the Linux equivalents with a-lot of success (I love painting and was using Corel Painter). The final straw was my latest find of mal-ware detected and the realisation of the amount of time I was spending doing security checks, defragging and finding updates..... basically admin and not enjoyment! Don't get me wrong I understand the importance of security in Linux, but it seems so much less of a chore!

    Now I'm enjoying, IMHO, a legendary version of our favourite flavour of Linux and I can forget that stress of windows...... Or can I? My Wife and Son still dual boot and yesterday I was struggling to get a wireless dongle to work on vista even though it was instantly recognised by Kubuntu...... You've got to laugh

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    Nice one. Also in general people don't realise how bare Windows is as sold, you have to pay for all kinds of apps or worry about whether that free app you downloaded is trustworthy. Linux distros come with an embarrassment of riches in FOSS.

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    Default Re: No more bad boy windows for me!

    Hi
    Congratulations

    Have you tried MyPaint? MyPaint

    I have it packaged up in one of my home repositories;
    Index of /repositories/home:/malcolmlewis:/Python/openSUSE_11.4

    http://software.opensuse.org/search? is down at the moment...
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    Default Re: No more bad boy windows for me!

    On 04/05/2011 03:36 AM, Penguinclaw wrote:
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    > I can forget that stress of windows...... Or can I? My Wife
    > and Son still dual boot and yesterday I was struggling to get a wireless
    > dongle to work on vista


    friends don't let friends drive drunk, so why should you let your family
    suffer with expensive, deficient, and malware-magnet software?

    ween them also, here is something to think about:

    http://en.opensuse.org/SDB:How_to_migrate_from_Windows

    MALCOLM: thanks for MyPaint, it is fantastic!
    but, now i guess i have to buy a tablet, or touch-screen :-)

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    Thunderbird3.1.8] Can you believe it? This guy Ralph wins $181 million
    in the lottery last Wednesday, and then finds the love of his life just
    2 days later. Talk about LUCK!

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    Default Re: No more bad boy windows for me!

    Quote Originally Posted by malcolmlewis View Post
    Hi
    Congratulations

    Have you tried MyPaint? MyPaint

    I have it packaged up in one of my home repositories;
    Index of /repositories/home:/malcolmlewis:/Python/openSUSE_11.4

    software.opensuse.org: Search Results is down at the moment...
    Thank you, I tried looking for MyPaint in build but it came back negative. I will give your package a go as I have heard this is a cool app! So thanks in advance

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    DenverD you are so right! Trouble is for my son he needs windows to do his homework as his school insists on using windos explorer exclusively and his Fender amp also is only compatible with windows..... But having said that after we went through an install on his machine he really hates proprietary c**p and windows in general. I think he thought I was exaggerating how long it would take me to get windows safely up and running...... So he is a BIG fan of Linux, actually as is my wife, for similar reasons!!!

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    Thanks, Ken_yap! I agree windows is such a bad software model. I am not blessed with the skills to program (but intend to learn) but the open source method is superior to closed source that surely hinders development?

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    When I graduate from New Jersey Institute of Technology with my Masters of Science in IT Administration and Security degree by December 2012, I will delete my Microsoft Windows 7 virtual machine. Actually, I plan to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8 since I get a free copy as a graduate student at NJIT.

    Windows 7 is a good operating system, but the problem is that it is buggy as hell when it comes to installing third-party proprietary drivers for hardware. This results in a lot of crashes and blue screens of death.

    I hope that Microsoft will fix these problems with Windows 8, but I am not holding my breath on it. They do tend to offer pretty good legacy driver support within Windows, but driver compatibility is still a hit and miss type of deal.

    I wish that I could ditch Microsoft Windows, but I doubt that I will. I am still entrenched in the Microsoft mindset to switch over to GNU/Linux completely. Microsoft owns me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wellywu View Post
    When I graduate from New Jersey Institute of Technology with my Masters of Science in IT Administration and Security degree by December 2012, I will delete my Microsoft Windows 7 virtual machine. Actually, I plan to upgrade to Microsoft Windows 8 since I get a free copy as a graduate student at NJIT.

    Windows 7 is a good operating system, but the problem is that it is buggy as hell when it comes to installing third-party proprietary drivers for hardware. This results in a lot of crashes and blue screens of death.

    I hope that Microsoft will fix these problems with Windows 8, but I am not holding my breath on it. They do tend to offer pretty good legacy driver support within Windows, but driver compatibility is still a hit and miss type of deal.

    I wish that I could ditch Microsoft Windows, but I doubt that I will. I am still entrenched in the Microsoft mindset to switch over to GNU/Linux completely. Microsoft owns me.
    Ahhhhhhh!!! The Devil owns your soul ,,,,,,, Seriously though I know what you mean in that most business and home users are brain-washed (or whatever) into MS being the only thing that exists unless they go shiny, expensive Apple. Mind surely there is a lot of potential work for you within server market, embedded, or android stuff? Even if you end up needing Windows at work, please spend your pleasure time in Linux and make your newly found skills available to the community

    Good luck with your Masters and give us a low down on Windows 8

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    I am performing better during my second semester at NJIT. I expect to earn a B average for my Principles of Operating Systems course which I am taking this spring 2011 semester. In the fall 2011 semester, I will be taking 9.00 credit hours or three courses within my masters degree program. I had to take three bridge courses which are undergraduate courses to prepare me for the masters degree program because my bachelor of arts degree was in English Creative Writing and it is unrelated to my masters degree program.

    I will say that Microsoft Windows 8 may introduce cloud computing and appliance features in Windows 8 along with making it be able to run on ARM powered devices such as tablets. The cloud computing feature will make significant portions of the Windows 8 code base available on Microsoft cloud servers. When you purchase Microsoft Windows 8 and install it on your computer, you will get a local kernel and a cloud kernel. The local kernel allows you to use Microsoft Windows 8 when you are not connected to a network or the Internet. The cloud kernel contains the latest version of the Windows 8 kernel and extra features such as the rest of the new features found in Windows 8 such as the ability to restore your computer back to a windows restore point much like turning on an appliance such as a toaster oven. What I mean by this is that you will be able to go back to a previously good configuration with a few clicks of the mouse buttons. The cloud services will enhance Microsoft's control over its Windows 8 portfolio by verifying the license key and activation status of each and every copy through the cloud when you go connect to a network or the Internet. Microsoft Windows 8 will also feature a lot of improvements and bug fixes in the code base so it should be able to cold boot within under 30 seconds on new computers that are certified to be compatible. This will make Windows 8 much more competitive with Apple Macintosh OS X and GNU/Linux in this important performance metric. Users of Microsoft Windows 8 will also be able to use cloud services such as the Microsoft SkyDrive to upload, save, and synchronize along with collaborate with Microsoft Office documents with fellow co-workers. There will be other new features that will be revealed as we get closer to 2012 and Microsoft begins to leak information about Windows 8.

    I will have to say that these features do not constitute major improvements at face value. It is still early to tell what other features will be incorporated into the final shipping version of Microsoft Windows 8.

    Linux has been around for 20 years and its adoption into mainstream culture and society has been quite disappointing in my opinion. Except for one fellow classmate who boots Ubuntu 10.10 Maverick Meerkat 64 bit in my course at NJIT, I am the only one who uses GNU/Linux and I am the only one who uses OpenSUSE 64 bit on campus. I had a conversation with another classmate who owns an Acer TravelMate notebook PC and he only uses Microsoft Windows 7. He grew up using Microsoft Windows and that is the only operating system that he has ever used his entire life. I found that statement to be particularly sad though I said nothing to him about my private opinions.

    Say what you will about Microsoft corporation and Windows, but they sure know how to design an operating system an a panoply of products that meet the needs of most computer users worldwide. Most people have never heard about GNU/Linux or BSD or Solaris. They have no idea about F.O.S.S. They equate freeware software applications with open source products only if it is available to them on the Windows platform. People put up with their computers getting slower over time, becoming infected with viruses, malware, spyware, and rootkits, and they are used to paying high prices for software applications to perform basic functions because that is all they know when using Windows. I used to be one of them.

    I wish there was a set of compelling reasons for me to abandon Microsoft Windows altogether. However, both New Jersey Institute of Technology and Polytechnic Institute at New York University require Microsoft Windows in order to complete the requirements of a degree program upon graduation. This means that I will be using Microsoft Windows for the next 7 years. At that time, Microsoft will release Windows 9 to the general public if they stick to their 3 year release cycle. Microsoft Office will reach version 16 at that time. My future employer will probably require me to administer and secure Microsoft Windows unless I specifically choose a job title that requires GNU/Linux distributions such as Red Hat Enterprise Linux or SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.

    Dice.com lists more job vacancies requiring Linux administration skills and experience. With the fact of the matter that the United States economy and job market is still in a frail state of long-term recovery, more businesses are trying to save money on IT costs by switching to Linux. The explosion of Google Android tablets and smartphones also requires people with strong skills with GNU/Linux and IT security backgrounds to protect confidential and private data that is frequently stored and transmitted on these devices.

    The future looks bright for me. Listing my skills set with Red Hat, Novell, and Ubuntu GNU/Linux distributions makes me much more marketable. I use Linux for personal reasons, but I rely upon Microsoft Windows for enterprise reasons.

    One thing that I will write is my concern regarding Microsoft Windows 8 and its compatibility with alternative operating systems especially with GNU/Linux. The fact of the matter is that Microsoft will make it harder to dual boot both Windows 8 and your choice of GNU/Linux distribution because there will be a local and cloud based kernel. Updates including hot fixes, patches, and service packs will be made available through the cloud kernel that will effect the entire Windows partition. Any decision on the part of the user to perform a system restore to an earlier known good configuration will overwrite the master boot record and it will effect GRUB or GRUB 2 boot loader. Microsoft is designing Windows 8 so that it is the sole and primary operating system that resides on your computer. It will also effect Ubuntu users that choose to install through WUBI because there will be a lot of changes to the Windows kernel that will make it more difficult to run both Windows 8 and Ubuntu vis-a-vis. In fact, Canonical is designing Ubuntu so that you can run it through a web browser in the future and they are moving away from WUBI in the future.

    Lastly, I have to write about Apple OS X. My friend is a captain in the US Army and he is stationed at Kadeema air base in Okinawa, Japan. He owns an Apple MacBook. He plans to buy a new Apple MacBook Pro 15" early 2011 model. It costs $1,799.00 USD. You should visit the Apple website to see its paltry set of hardware specifications.

    Compare that with a new Hewlett Packard Elitebook 8560w mobile workstation for $1,650.00 USD. I am getting a much better value for the money and I can run SLED 11 SP1 on it along with Microsoft Windows 8 Professional 64 bit within VMWare Workstation 7. Mine will be much faster, much more secure, and much more durable along with costing a less money than his. Yet, Apple MacBook Pros are selling like hot cakes at Apple stores worldwide. It is amazing. People pay that kind of money just so that they can have the Apple logo emblazoned on their products.

    I will not pursue any Apple certifications because I am against their products and the expensive price tags. I think they are a rip off.

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