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jgw #333625 04/09/21 04:50 PM
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Why in the world would I ever want to fool with something like linux?

Microsoft has been working perfectly for me since the 90s. Just because it's free and it isn't Microsoft or Apple misn't enough motivation for me to do all the work... Do ya'll run it on your phones too?


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I haven't had those kinds of problems, nor have I had updates mess with my programs. You are right, there is no microsoft support but there is a LOT of support by email. Oh, I have not really messed with the flavors. I just use plain old ubuntu that works for me. I am currently using 20.04 for two machines and one has 20.10 (updated that about a week ago). I think I will update them all to 21.04 which will be coming pretty soon. I define where updates, etc. come from in my preferences.

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Microsoft stopped supporting windows XP long ago, but there are still lots of machines out there running XP, that are supposedly very vulnerable to hackers, due to loss of microsoft updates for current viruses. Linux will run these machines with current virus protection, which would be my main reason for considering using it.

Many old film scanners like my Nikon coolscan 2000 naturally do not have updated drivers for windows 7-10, but there is a very clever company, vuescan, that has reverse engineered most old drivers for modern OSs. If you can hook up your system to the internet with the scanner hooked up, vuescan will read it and send appropriate unprotected drivers and other updated software including optical character reading for flatbed scanners.

I couldnt find drivers for an older flatbed scanner, and hooked it to my win 10 laptop, and it worked perfectly with their trial software with watermarks, and you have to pay for its use of un-water marked version. This gives you all the opportunity needed to test it for your applications. Its still better to bring back old hardware, rather than to buy more new hardware, in my opinion..

It would be nice to be able to get antivirus protection for XP, but none of the usual package include XP, and in fact specifically exclude use for XP. I did hook one expendable xp machine up to the internet through a USP wireless attachment, but I only let it expose itself to the unprotected internet intercourse for 15 min without infection.

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I tend to do lots of hardware stuff with my PCs, which is why I need drivers that keep on working and access at the hardware level that Microsoft has declared off-limits now with their signed driver scheme. That's why I needed Linux. If I was not ever doing that kind of thing, the latest Windows would be fine. Except I am still pissed of at Microsoft for removing DVR support from Windows 10. It worked very nicely in Windows 7 and 8, and I have a lot of digital TV hardware that worked with it.


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I don't have any hardware. Or any old outdated stuff that won't run on new machines. This needs a new hard drive I think, but I'm not even gonna back it up when I replace it...just years of garbage and clutter on here. and I'll start fresh.


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My wife got a new computer last time her's pooped out. It was about the size of a pack of cigarettes, including hard drive and Windows 10. Works fine for her.


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When I had a PC (Win '95, WinME, WinXP) I would get a serious computer virus at least once a year and would have to scrub the hard drive and start fresh.

Bought an Apple in 2014. Never had a virus. Seven years later, still using the same machine.

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I bought this Windows machine about the same time and have never had a virus.

Never scrubbed any hard drives.

I can still buy 4 Windows machines for the price of an Apple.


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There is a LOT of DVR stuff on linux. UBUNTU supplies a little program that will install, remove and list installed programs and programs available. There is also myth stuff and KODI and other players. There are also some pretty good editors for videos. Oh, you could also probably load ubuntu onto your microsoft machine. I thought about it and then decided to just go plain ubuntu but there is a lot of directions for having both on the same machine. The are a lot of people who run with both of them on their machines. There are also compilers, for code, that will produce software for microsoft as well as ubuntu (and more).

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