Linux?

blokesbloke

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I do not like Windows 10 and I don’t think I ever will.

I love Windows 7 and still use it on an elderly laptop I adore.

However I am aware Microsoft is going to stop supporting it with security updates soon so it’s not practical long term.

I tried Macs but didn’t like them much.

I am thinking of giving Linux a go.

I only do web browsing, video playback for porn and word processing.

Anyone got any experience with Linux?

I bought a couple of Linux magazines but they were very intimidating and geeky.

From Googling it looks like Ubuntu is the most popular but Mint might be even friendlier and works like Windows 7.

Any thoughts?
 


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I upgraded from Windows 8.1 to Windows 10 a year or two ago because I found Windows 8.1's menu system infuriatingly difficult to navigate (boxes instead of menus).

I used to have Windows 7 years ago but I had virus problems. I upgraded to Windows 8.1 because websites were saying it was much more secure.

Mixed feelings on Windows 10. I like the Xbox button that allows you to record video but I find it impossible to figure out (though thankfully my graphics card software allows this too and more reliably). I like that Windows 10 has the start menu again. Overall while I have wavered I am sticking with Windows 10 for now.
 

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I do not like Windows 10 and I don’t think I ever will.

I love Windows 7 and still use it on an elderly laptop I adore.

However I am aware Microsoft is going to stop supporting it with security updates soon so it’s not practical long term.

I tried Macs but didn’t like them much.

I am thinking of giving Linux a go.

I only do web browsing, video playback for porn and word processing.

Anyone got any experience with Linux?

I bought a couple of Linux magazines but they were very intimidating and geeky.

From Googling it looks like Ubuntu is the most popular but Mint might be even friendlier and works like Windows 7.

Any thoughts?
It depends on what you do. If all you do is go no the internet then get a chrombook/....

https://www.computerworld.com/article/2893364/chrome-os/is-chrome-os-right-for-you.html
 

Betson

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I find windows 10 very user unfriendly compared to Windows 7.

Have rolled back to Windows 7.
 

blokesbloke

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I find windows 10 very user unfriendly compared to Windows 7.

Have rolled back to Windows 7.
Well you can still buy new computers with Windows 7 but Microsoft won’t release any more security patches for it after January 2020 after which it wouldn’t be safe to use on the net.

So less than 2 years to go to find an alternative.
 

Dame_Enda

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Theres always Norton or McAfee anti virus if you're worried about hacking. Also Spybot Search and Destroy is freeware (though you get better protection for the paid version) to help stop Malware.
 

blokesbloke

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Theres always Norton or McAfee anti virus if you're worried about hacking. Also Spybot Search and Destroy is freeware (though you get better protection for the paid version) to help stop Malware.
Do you think that would be sufficient to keep me safe on Windows 7?

I love Windows 7!
 

Dame_Enda

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Do you think that would be sufficient to keep me safe on Windows 7?

I love Windows 7!
One concern I had and many others about Windows 10 before it came out is they were talking about some kind of network sharing, where computers could use neighbouring internet connections or something (I may have the exact details wrong but along those lines). At first that made me wonder if this would help hackers get into other peoples computers. But there is the option during install to refuse the network sharing option which I did and also, you can add "_optout" to your connection name to block that feature I think.

A good thing about Windows 10 also is that it has this app on it with lots of very cheap games you can get. I think some are free.
 

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I do not like Windows 10 and I don’t think I ever will.

I love Windows 7 and still use it on an elderly laptop I adore.

However I am aware Microsoft is going to stop supporting it with security updates soon so it’s not practical long term.

I tried Macs but didn’t like them much.

I am thinking of giving Linux a go.

I only do web browsing, video playback for porn and word processing.

Anyone got any experience with Linux?

I bought a couple of Linux magazines but they were very intimidating and geeky.

From Googling it looks like Ubuntu is the most popular but Mint might be even friendlier and works like Windows 7.

Any thoughts?
You can always dual boot and get the best of both worlds while deciding.
 

Lumpy Talbot

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I reckon I probably hold the record for oldest version of windows- I'm still using '97 on this thing.

I probably have the first netbook ever invented as well on which I am running '97. It refuses to give up and I think I bought it in 2006.

Little bastard is held together with sellotape it has been dropped so many times. I've been waiting for it to die for about five years now.

I can afford to buy a nice gizmo computer but this little bugger has been all around Europe with me and never let me down.
 

truthisfree

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Used to use Ubuntu and in latter years Mint but use Mac all the time now #Lazy# Hated windows after 7...
 

flavirostris

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For home use, I dunno if I'd recommend it. It's brilliant for tech nerds who want to play around with scripts but for general home use, spreadsheets, web browsing etc, it's not great.

You could install it in a VM on your PC if you wanted to experiment with it.
 

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I have Mint installed on a virtual machine. I love the look and feel of it although - to be honest - I only use it for testing software.
 

truthisfree

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I have Mint installed on a virtual machine. I love the look and feel of it although - to be honest - I only use it for testing software.
I like Mint and would use it for all internet usage but has become a pia trying to install it on laptops in recent years.
 

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I do not like Windows 10 and I don’t think I ever will.

I love Windows 7 and still use it on an elderly laptop I adore.

However I am aware Microsoft is going to stop supporting it with security updates soon so it’s not practical long term.

I tried Macs but didn’t like them much.

I am thinking of giving Linux a go.

I only do web browsing, video playback for porn and word processing.

Anyone got any experience with Linux?

I bought a couple of Linux magazines but they were very intimidating and geeky.

From Googling it looks like Ubuntu is the most popular but Mint might be even friendlier and works like Windows 7.

Any thoughts?
I didn't find Ubuntu easy to use. They don't have easy icons like in windows and it seems to be an excessive complication to even copy and paste them to your desktop page. It seems to make a bit of a job of things that you take for granted with windows. It's a number of years back so I don't remember the details and maybe they've sorted some stuff out in the meantime
 

jmcc

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I didn't find Ubuntu easy to use. They don't have easy icons like in windows and it seems to be an excessive complication to even copy and paste them to your desktop page. It seems to make a bit of a job of things that you take for granted with windows. It's a number of years back so I don't remember the details and maybe they've sorted some stuff out in the meantime
It can take a while to get used to the differences between Windows and Ubuntu. Even Windows 10 has integrated the multiple desktop thing that has been standard in Linux for a long time. Ubuntu is generally easy enough to use but some of the end-user kinds of Linux distros like Mint might be better for an introduction.
 

jmcc

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For home use, I dunno if I'd recommend it. It's brilliant for tech nerds who want to play around with scripts but for general home use, spreadsheets, web browsing etc, it's not great.
The spreadsheet/Office side of things has come a long way with LibreOffice being a good open source replacement for Microsoft Office for most people. (Quants and people who use Excel macros will stick with Microsoft for that kind of work.) In terms of web browsing, most of the browsers that are available in Windows are available in Linux. The one thing that almost overwhelms new users with Linux is the sheer range of software that's available. While Windows is still a good gaming Operating System, Linux tends to beat it on price and updates. It also isn't spyware like Windows 10.
 

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You can always dual boot and get the best of both worlds while deciding.
I did that a few years back. Then I discovered that my printer, speakers and a few other bits and bobs weren't Linux compatible. And the OSCAR wasn't so much better that it warranted buying new hardware. So now I'm using Windows 10 and it's grand.
 


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