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Offline wxboss

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Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
« on: January 14, 2022, 04:07:09 PM »
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  • I started using Linux about 5 years ago (Mint was my first choice and I still recommend it highly). However, I’ve been running Pop OS as my daily driver, and have been taking a more serious move towards the open source world as big tech has gotten way out of control and should be avoided all costs. 

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #1 on: January 14, 2022, 04:10:51 PM »
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  • I switched to Linux back in 2016 when Windows XP was deprecated (or rather, all the browsers available for XP gave notifications that they were no longer supported). I decided it was the right time to jump to Linux, having played around with it for many years. I installed Ubuntu and have used that ever since, and have been very happy with the experience. I would recommend it to anyone. Most of my computers run Ubuntu, but I have one that runs Mint, which I think is clearly better than Ubuntu but I have sort of a nostalgic attachment to Ubuntu because it's really the oldest mainstream Linux distro that is still around, and is by far the largest one to this day. Both Ubuntu and Mint run well and do everything I need them to do, and I have never paid one shiny, glimmering penny for any of the software applications on any of my computers.


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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #2 on: January 14, 2022, 04:12:49 PM »
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  • Yes, Linux Mint is one of my favorites. I used to play with a lot of old computers and got some puppy linux distros that run well even on old hardware. I also like Zorin OS, specially for new users to Linux.

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #3 on: January 14, 2022, 04:32:34 PM »
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  • I’ve used both Ubuntu and Zorin and have enjoyed them both. The only problem I have with Linux (IMHO) is finding a distro I can settle with. But that’s more of a personal issue :laugh1:.

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #4 on: January 14, 2022, 05:14:19 PM »
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  • Yes. I always have used Debian based distros. For phones F-Droid is pretty neat, a lot of interesting projects on there.  
    "We dare not even start to hope until the Faith, the true Faith, and its revealed content, are secured in our minds. Only in terms of Faith do we dare to hope."


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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #5 on: January 14, 2022, 05:39:37 PM »
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  • Can anyone point to a site to learn how to change to Linux?  I'd like to know what limitations/differences to expect.  For example:  If you have a computer for internet browsing (i.e. this site + "normal" sites like ebay or banking), can Linux handle that, or would you have to keep using Windows?  I'm a beginner in all this but I would like to learn.

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #6 on: January 14, 2022, 07:48:30 PM »
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  • Oh yeah, Linux can definitely browse the internet! Every distro comes with one or more web browsers, an office suite, a media player and many other options. And the large distros have their own database of programs for all kinds of common applications that you can download for free.

    If you want to just get your feet wet, I would recommend downloading the Knoppix distro for DVD and running it. Knoppix is designed to be run from a USB drive or off the DVD, without making any changes to your computer. That way you can try out Linux and see how it works on your own computer without installing anything, and it all just disappears from the RAM when you boot it down. Knoppix has numerous programs built in for just about any need. It boots up to a normal desktop that you can play around with, with all the programs there ready to use.

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #7 on: January 14, 2022, 08:03:45 PM »
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  • Yes, Linux Mint is one of my favorites. I used to play with a lot of old computers and got some puppy linux distros that run well even on old hardware. I also like Zorin OS, specially for new users to Linux.
    Oh yeah, I did that back in the day. This was probably in the 2000s decade. I used to play around with tiny distros on old computers. Puppy Linux. My favorite was (pardon the name) Damn Small Linux. It was designed to be the smallest distro with a graphical interface in existence, and it probably was. They fit it into 50 megabytes, and used to sell those business-card-sized mini-CDs, that had a capacity of only 50 MB, with Damn Small Linux on it. It was a live desktop, which meant you could simply pop that business-card CD into any CD drive and boot the computer to a usable desktop, with a web browser, office suite, and other programs. I used to carry that tiny, credit-card-sized CD in my wallet with my credit cards, etc. in case I ever had to boot up a computer that wasn't booting properly. Unfortunately that distro is now long defunct. Their website hasn't been updated in a decade, though it is still online.

    Man, I miss the 2000s decade. Those were the best years of my life. :cowboy::'(

    Here's the type of CD they burned it onto. You can see it is the same shape as a credit card. I haven't seen one of these in years:



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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #8 on: January 14, 2022, 11:42:06 PM »
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  • "Any Linux/FOSS fans here?"

    I love the IDEA of Linux.  Don't use it, though.  
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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #9 on: January 15, 2022, 02:01:12 AM »
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  • I switched to Linux back in 2016 when Windows XP was deprecated (or rather, all the browsers available for XP gave notifications that they were no longer supported). I decided it was the right time to jump to Linux, having played around with it for many years. I installed Ubuntu and have used that ever since, and have been very happy with the experience. I would recommend it to anyone. Most of my computers run Ubuntu, but I have one that runs Mint, which I think is clearly better than Ubuntu but I have sort of a nostalgic attachment to Ubuntu because it's really the oldest mainstream Linux distro that is still around, and is by far the largest one to this day. Both Ubuntu and Mint run well and do everything I need them to do, and I have never paid one shiny, glimmering penny for any of the software applications on any of my computers.

    I had a similar experience.

    I was using Linux almost exclusively back in 2011. The last thing I was doing in Windows, in a Virtual Machine, was Stamps.com for my Chant CD business. But that moved to the web, and so then I was 100% Linux.

    I am what you'd call a power user -- I need LOTS of software and I use my desktop PC for so much. I burn backup blu-ray DVDs, use video editing software, photo editing, programming IDEs, plus all the usual online stuff -- FTP program, web browsers (a variety of these), e-mail client, mass e-mailing plugin, etc. And then there's the office stuff -- Libreoffice provides a complete replacement for Microsoft Office. I only personally use the word processor and spreadsheet program, but still. Then there's ham radio software: Fldigi, WSJTX, GridTracker, programs to keep track of radio contacts so you can upload to Logbook of the World, etc.

    And that's just scratching the surface of what Linux can do. You can download torrents, use Skype, Zoom, and almost every software program you can imagine. VirtualBox allows you to run all sorts of "virtual machines" inside Linux. Speaking of virtual machines, you can get emulators for just about any video game system, if that's your thing. And there ARE lots of games for Linux, depending on what you're looking for. My kids play SuperTuxKart which is much more advanced than Mario Kart 64, but it's free. If you must have the latest Call of Duty, I guess you're stuck with Windows. (But if you spend serious hours "hardcore gaming", and you're over 12, then you're a boy in a man's body and you really need to grow up, but I digress.)

    My software is always up to date AND I don't spend money on software. It's great. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

    When Microsoft tried to "force" me into upgrading to Windows 7 and buying all new software for no valid reason -- I said "forget it. If I'm going to learn all new software either way, might as well go the Linux route and spend ZERO and have ZERO financial liability for software going forward!" One of the best decisions I made.

    Occasional problems are usually solved with a Google search. You don't really have to be a Linux expert to use Linux. Not when you use the mainstream distributions, aimed at the common man. You installed on your PC, and everything *just works*.

    My main PC is in 4K mode on a large TV set on my desk. That works in Linux too.
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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #10 on: January 15, 2022, 07:22:36 AM »
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  • VirtualBox allows you to run all sorts of "virtual machines" inside Linux.


    You know, I do still have one very old Windows XP machine (air-gapped) that runs an old proprietary program that I can't find for Linux. Could you explain a little bit about how to turn it into a virtual machine? I've heard it's possible but I don't know how easy or reliable it is.


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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #11 on: January 15, 2022, 05:34:53 PM »
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  • I had a similar experience.

    I was using Linux almost exclusively back in 2011. The last thing I was doing in Windows, in a Virtual Machine, was Stamps.com for my Chant CD business. But that moved to the web, and so then I was 100% Linux.

    I am what you'd call a power user -- I need LOTS of software and I use my desktop PC for so much. I burn backup blu-ray DVDs, use video editing software, photo editing, programming IDEs, plus all the usual online stuff -- FTP program, web browsers (a variety of these), e-mail client, mass e-mailing plugin, etc. And then there's the office stuff -- Libreoffice provides a complete replacement for Microsoft Office. I only personally use the word processor and spreadsheet program, but still. Then there's ham radio software: Fldigi, WSJTX, GridTracker, programs to keep track of radio contacts so you can upload to Logbook of the World, etc.

    And that's just scratching the surface of what Linux can do. You can download torrents, use Skype, Zoom, and almost every software program you can imagine. VirtualBox allows you to run all sorts of "virtual machines" inside Linux. Speaking of virtual machines, you can get emulators for just about any video game system, if that's your thing. And there ARE lots of games for Linux, depending on what you're looking for. My kids play SuperTuxKart which is much more advanced than Mario Kart 64, but it's free. If you must have the latest Call of Duty, I guess you're stuck with Windows. (But if you spend serious hours "hardcore gaming", and you're over 12, then you're a boy in a man's body and you really need to grow up, but I digress.)

    My software is always up to date AND I don't spend money on software. It's great. Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

    When Microsoft tried to "force" me into upgrading to Windows 7 and buying all new software for no valid reason -- I said "forget it. If I'm going to learn all new software either way, might as well go the Linux route and spend ZERO and have ZERO financial liability for software going forward!" One of the best decisions I made.

    Occasional problems are usually solved with a Google search. You don't really have to be a Linux expert to use Linux. Not when you use the mainstream distributions, aimed at the common man. You installed on your PC, and everything *just works*.

    My main PC is in 4K mode on a large TV set on my desk. That works in Linux too.
    The freedom that comes with Linux is unsurpassed IMHO. If one doesn’t depend upon programs that run strictly on Windows, then Linux needs to be given a try.

    Just curious, unless I missed it, what is your distro of choice - if you care to mention.

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #12 on: January 19, 2022, 01:53:26 PM »
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  • I use Linux- Mx distro.  Really really like it, won't go back to windows

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #13 on: January 19, 2022, 01:58:17 PM »
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  • I'm on Manjaro KDE, have been for the past two years.

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    Re: Any Linux/FOSS fans here?
    « Reply #14 on: January 19, 2022, 02:54:19 PM »
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  • I have a second computer running Linux Mint. It's saved me many times and runs a few games I play once in a while. My main machine runs Windows.