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Discussion in 'Chit Chat' started by Steerpike, Dec 8, 2011.

  1. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    What do other forum members use?

    I just installed Crunchbang linux. 14 second boot time, which is nice. Same machine was booting Win 7 in between a minute and a minute and a half.
     
  2. Legendary Sidekick

    Legendary Sidekick The HAM'ster Moderator

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    Mac OSX because powerbooks are pretty. (I use Windows at work, but probably <7.)
     
  3. Kubuntu 10.04. I typically upgrade every 2 years, to the latest stable LTR. (I tried regular Ubuntu at first but I hate what they've done to GNOME and Unity isn't really much better, for the level of control that I require.)
     
  4. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    I haven't used KDE in years (since before KDE 4 I think). How do you like it? With Crunchbang, I'm using Openbox.
     
  5. Johnny Cosmo

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    OSX Snow Leopard, but sometimes I run Windows 7 too.
     
  6. Kelise

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    Mac OSX Snow Leopard.

    When laptop died a few years ago, I refused to get vista and thought it rude I had to buy a new laptop then stuff around 'down'grading it to XP. So I got a mac, and haven't looked back.

    I use Windows 7 at work. Dislike it, but that could be the sloooow Dell few-years-old computers it's on.
     
  7. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Windows 7 is pretty solid, in my view (which Vista was not). It runs fast enough on my computer, but nothing like the linux openbox installation I have. I've never been a fan of Macs, but I know plenty of people who love them.
     
  8. Larkin

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    My 17-inch desktop replacement Sony VAIO runs Win 7 because it came installed with it, and I'm too lazy to kill it. My Asus EEE runs Ubuntu, because it only has 4 gigs of HD space.
     
  9. Legendary Sidekick

    Legendary Sidekick The HAM'ster Moderator

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    Snow Leopard? I guess I wasn't specific enough.

    I got Lion. RAAH!
     
  10. Johnny Cosmo

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    I'd have upgraded, but some of the software I use has issues with it, so I'm sticking with Snow Leopard for now.
     
  11. KDE 4 is fine, it's as customizable as I need it to be, which isn't terribly so. There's some dumb things about it (certain widgets that aren't as functional or flexible as I'd like). I'm well past the age of spending hours customizing my environment just so; on a fresh install, I spend ten minutes getting the basics set up, and then I'm good to go.
     
  12. Shadoe

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    I run... whatever happens to be on the machine I'm currently on. I've got laptops with Windows 7 Pro, Vista Ultimate, and XP Pro. I've got a netbook with some form of Linux on it. The iPad has.... version 5 of whatever those have. I've even got a desktop in SC with Windows 2000 on it. I think I stopped being tied to an operating system when I got out of IT. :)
     
  13. Neurosis

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    Unix shell ftw.

    Also I regularly use Mac OS on my laptop, Ubuntu, Various red hat server distros, Windows 98 through to 8, Fedora at uni.

    I find it hard to say one is "better". They are all well suited to a specific purpose. Problems only arise when people, or develops try to use/change the OS for something it wasn't design to support.
     
  14. hectorchacon69

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    You may want to look into Ubuntu. It's honestly very user friendly. It's free and has great features. You might want to update your question with computer specifications. Depending on how powerful your computers are, you might just go with Windows 98. If they can handle something a little more intense then grab Ubuntu.
     
  15. Steerpike

    Steerpike Felis amatus Moderator

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    Can't stand the Unity interface. It is clunky and doesn't look nice. But with Ubuntu you can install Gnome 3 shell with a single command in the terminal. That is more elegant and runs more smoothly.

    Personally, I'm going to stick with Crunchbang and Openbox. It is fast and highly configurable to include what I want and not much else.
     
  16. glanmartin62

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    I like windows 7.windows 7 much better then other operating system.windows 7 built by Microsoft.it's very fast and excellent figure.it's look very nice.
     
  17. Telcontar

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    Windows XP 64-bit on my main machine, and I have a (currently broked) linux box running an aging version of Red Hat. Might update the linux version to some other flavor when I get around to fixing it, and probably will make the switch to Windows 7 early next year.
     
  18. Xanados

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    Regular Windows 7 user. I'm not a simpleton, though: I use a high-powered gaming PC. =S
    I respect the users of Linux and many obscure OS's.
     
  19. Neurosis

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    I present to you, for your viewing pleasure, the average Windows user. He who has never used any other OS, and tries to justify his own naivety by claiming Windows is the best.

    Ironically the Windows OS is the worst for gaming. People assume its the best since most games are made to run on it natively (damn you DirectX). However it has a fairly broken memory management system (two level segmentation) which means transferring small specific blocks of memory to G-RAM is SLOW (which is all one ever needs to do). Also Windows has extremely poor support for massively parallel computing: which is a big downside to gaming. Take for example Skyrim, a game that just came out, it can only take advantage of 2 CPU cores on Windows. However a hacked version running on linux can use up to 8. Windows has a scheduler that simply does not like games. Finally theres the matter of dll hell.

    I have a "high powered gaming rig" too, and I am forced to run Windows on it. I much prefer getting games that have a Linux port, since I know they will always run better, despite driver problems. Now that I think about it, I have more driver issues on Windows; but thats definitely AMD/ATIs fault.
    [/rant]

    Having said that, the Windows-NT environment is extremely good: FOR BUSINESS ORIENTED APPLICATIONS. Games have been added as an after-thought. The problem is that there is no good competition. There really needs to be an OS built for high performance gaming that really utilizes every screed of power a computer can produce.
     
    Last edited: Dec 17, 2011
  20. Shadoe

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    Really? You don't agree so you're name-calling? Where are the new people coming from where that sort of thing is acceptable?
     
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