What do you use: Linux / Mac / Win?

By etchhh ยท 78 replies
Sep 20, 2008
  1. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    Ok thanks will get a try!!!
  2. xzibid

    xzibid TS Rookie

    Windows Vista for desktop, XP and Linux (openSUSE 11.0 currently) for my laptop.
  3. Ultiweap

    Ultiweap TS Enthusiast Posts: 606

    I try Xbuntu but don't like it too much it was unable to configure and found a driver for my USB Wireless 812b/g adapter so making me not having any access on my old computer also I don't have network between the two by cable that was a little annoying so will continue using Windows XP SP2 on it.
  4. tw0rld

    tw0rld TS Maniac Posts: 572   +6

    I got rid of kubuntu, and am now dual-booting Xp sp3 and vista home basic sp1.
  5. matt1522

    matt1522 TS Rookie Posts: 81

    I use Ubuntu 8.04 on my laptop for classes, I use Xp on my home PC for games and ease of use for the other people in the house. I use Xp at work to help the people here with their work and to get around the desktop. I would use vista but have no real reason to upgrade.
  6. AtK SpAdE

    AtK SpAdE TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 1,495

    I boot VIsta, XP, Mandriva 2008.1. In labs we have Windows server 2008 and 2003 as well as Fedora 9.
  7. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Booster Posts: 221

    Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (media/internet/everything else rig)
    Windows XP Professional SP3 (school rig)
    Ubuntu 8.04 for writing code in Python
  8. crookedzro

    crookedzro TS Rookie

    I use Mac OSX Leopard for day to day use on my Macbook.

    I use Debian as my linux distro on my Inspiron 9100 (set it up as a www/ftp server)

    I use WindowsXP SP3 for some gaming.. via Bootcamp on my Mac... (Cause Red Alert 3 came out)
  9. dspike

    dspike TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I use Linux primarily but have to keep MS OS's due to my clients demands and so I can stay current. To do the the type of work I do I need to be proficient in all major systems and programs.
  10. ChinoNYC

    ChinoNYC TS Enthusiast Posts: 85

    In a sad and unfortunate twist of fate, I also use Micro$haft Windows...

    I have tried Ubuntu and will install it someday whenever I upgrade my computer as a whole. Maybe quad-boot with a 500 GB or higher HDD, but I'm using 250 GB right now, so I tri-boot Win 98 SE / Win 2000 Server / Win XP SP3. I also have a iMac PowerPC G4/700 that I'm dual-booting both Jaguar (10.2.8) and Panther (10.3.9) of which I work on XCode, Photoshop and Dreamweaver. I'm picking up on Objective-C programming, so that will allow me to learn the language all over again. That usually keeps me busy during the day.
  11. dspike

    dspike TS Rookie Posts: 23

    Ubuntu has a quick solution for people not sure abaout switching

    Ubuntu 9.04 has a cool new install. It installs in windows and never does anything but install like a normal windows program using files instead of directories. Then when you reboot windows boot loader lets you choose between Linux or Windows. It is called wubi.exe which stands for Windows UBuntu Installer and the base install is only 4 GB. Ubuntu may not be as hardcore as other distros but it is a starting point to start learning Linux. most releases of Ubuntu can even be ran right from a cd or installed on a 4GB thumbdrive

    Check it out!
  12. dspike

    dspike TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I love Ubuntu 9.04 (Jaunty) but i do need XS sp3 for some apps...but Linux is making a lot of headway. Instead of RH I would use Fedora; unless you are running a server which is what RH is made for
  13. T77

    T77 TS Enthusiast Posts: 300   +6

    i use windows.i have gotten used to it.
    well sometimes it does annoys me.most of the games dont support linux or mac.
    someday i would try out mac.it does have a beautiful ui
  14. ChrisDown

    ChrisDown TS Rookie Posts: 125

    I use Windows XP SP3 as my primary OS. All the bad juju around Windows is ridiculous. Linux overcomplicates every little detail -- Unix is alright, and I am a big fan of NetBSD (which I run as my secondary).
  15. thehacker

    thehacker TS Booster Posts: 116

    I am a newbie to linux. please someone enlighten me...
    If we don't consider price on windows OS then:
    Why should we use linux?
    What a linux can do that Windows cant?
    I am very used to windows.installing anything is damn easy and bugs are very less. but i m even unable to play mp3 on linux.i downloaded all the plugins but even then i doesn't play..
    Operating linux is rather very tough than windows..

    Thanks in advance.
  16. ender

    ender TS Rookie Posts: 94

    I used to be exceedingly fond of Ubuntu and I dual-booted that and XP (for Win-only gaming, of course :evil:). Unfortunately, I fell for the idea that AMD is open-sourcing video drivers and got a new ATI-based notebook instead of the usual nVidia-based one. After multiple failed attempts to get some kind of X server working properly (aka. not at 800x600 with 256 colors) I gave up and settled for Win 7 on my main machine. As far as Windows goes, I'd say this one is shaping up nicely and it's free for the time being. I do miss my fancy key binds and devil's pie though. :( Maybe next November will make me happy again.

    There are lots of reasons to choose some flavor of Linux/Unix over Windows and they all depend on what you need.

    As far as installing programs goes, I find it's a LOT easier to do in Linux using your distro's package manager. It's also safer and less buggy because all of the packages (apps) you find in the default repositories are tested specifically for your particular version of the OS and the package manager provides a single, automated interface for getting updates to everything.

    Not being able to play mp3s out of the box does NOT mean that Linux doesn't have the ability to play music. The problem is that mp3 is a proprietary format and its 'owners' want people that use the codec to pay for the privilege. MS pays and passes the cost to you, Apple pays and passes the cost to you, any mp3 player's manufacturer pays and passes the cost to you. Since Linux distros are usually free, the developers can hardly afford to pay or face legal action from the 'owners' so they do not include the codecs by default. They do provide the option of installing them separately for people living in areas where the 'owner's' claims have no legal grounds.

    Linux is a very flexible beast and there are a LOT of Linux variants out there, many of them covering unique niche markets. I have an 486 computer (yes, you read that right... it's a 17 year old machine still running in its original configuration) that is happily running the latest version of Debian in a VERY trimmed down config and which I occasionally play with. It's great for teaching kids how to code, especially how to code PROPERLY, because being lazy and not thinking about the complexity of your algorithms will really make you unhappy when you get to the running part and you won't need fancy math to see something is wrong. Now, I admit this is an extreme case and your average home user won't ever need to deal with it. But the fact remains that the 'good enough' configuration for home use is several generations behind today's desktops and for such machines you can either use a modern, current, fully patched Linux-based OS or an old, no longer supported version of Windows. And unfortunately for all the Windows XP users, the plug has already been pulled for it.
  17. AndrestheBean

    AndrestheBean TS Rookie Posts: 207

    I use windows Vista 64 bit ultimate, (gaming)

    triend ubuntu 9.04, didn;t like it.

    im also dual booting mac os x leopard, i love it.
  18. thehacker

    thehacker TS Booster Posts: 116

    I dont know but I find linux very buggy. Like one i mentioned earlier, that even after downloading the codec mp3 wont play.

    Now please solve my this problem:
    When i login with pidgin mesenger, it hangs. i have to force quit it.. can you tell whats the problem? or any other mutli-network messenger for linux, not web based that is good and not buggy??
  19. ender

    ender TS Rookie Posts: 94

    I don't think this is the best place to be asking for Linux help and you most certainly did not provide enough information for anyone to actually have a chance at helping you. If you're using Ubuntu you should bookmark this site and use the search function to come up with results such as these. If it's another distro you've installed find its own community forum and get friendly with the search and various categories. As usual, if search doesn't help actually posting your problem with exhaustive details will generally result in it being solved pretty fast.
  20. s400py

    s400py TS Rookie

    I've settled with FreeBSD - it's fast, stable, secure and I have lots of scientific stuff readily available in the ports/packages for which Windows versions are scarce. The hardware support is quite good nowadays, and for the few Windows applications which I occasionally need, I use a virtual machine.
  21. dspike

    dspike TS Rookie Posts: 23

    I love Linux because, like s400py, I don't look at what Linux [I]doesn't[I]have which is mostly gaming and instead look at all of the great software available FOR FREE. If you want to do anything at a more technical level than playing a game, Linux will do it and chances are you can get free software to do it. I am amazed at all of the scientific, education and multimedia (to the level of misc playing recording and editing) software that you can get right from the add and remove programs installer. And if you truly want to use a windows program Wine or a version of it will take care of it.
    You also need to consider the safety of not needing anti virus and other network safety programs to go on the net.
  22. InsaneVr6

    InsaneVr6 TS Booster Posts: 221

    I use Windows primarily and have always thought it was the superior operating system. Next to that I would have to go with Linux because I love the repositories for installing programs and such. And in last we have Mac.......-_-
  23. wolfram

    wolfram TechSpot Paladin Posts: 1,967   +9

    My previous experience with Ubuntu (6.0 version or so) was bad. Since I'm a gamer, it didn't meet my expectations, and I simple didn't like it . I'm sooooo used to the Windows GUI and to the normal crashes, BSOD's, you name it ;)

    Windows is everywhere, and looks like we have to deal with it.
  24. Obi-Wan Jerkobi

    Obi-Wan Jerkobi TS Maniac Posts: 502

    I use Windows 7 RC on my desktop since it pukes up anything else I put on it. But on my laptop I have Ubuntu Studio 9.04 (for JACK, Ardour, various Synth programs and Audacity). I have had Mac OS 10.5 on my desktop but the thing eventually becomes self-aware :haha: and things start to get buggy after a while. :p The last Linux distro I had on my desktop was Fedora 11 KDE.
  25. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,742   +421

    I recently re-acquired a P2 350. Dual booting it with WinME and PuppyLinux.
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