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I use Linux because it works for me. Operating system choice is as simple as that: Use what works for you! Windows, falls short at a lot of menial tasks that I attempt to do. Hell, because the Windows API is so garbled and limited, I can't even program my own utilities to circumvent some of Windows' shortcomings. I grew up on Windows (although, my first computing experience was on an Apple II) and I started fooling with Linux around the Dapper release of Ubuntu (I had previously attempted to use more advanced *nix based systems prior to this, but never got much past installing them) And made the switch to Linux exclusivity in 2009. Only now, in 2011, and only a month or two ago, has my employer forced me to return to using Windows. I have been able to play nearly all games on Linux via Wine with a few exceptions which refused to work all together (even fewer of which I was unable to get working with some tinkering) so Gaming wasn't really an excuse for me to keep using Windows. This consistent use of Linux for the extended period of time got me used to being able to do whatever I wanted, and contributes to my loathing of Windows - some things just don't work right for me on Windows, and OS X is well... OS X.

That said, if you find Windows does EVERYTHING you need, and you don't feel it falls short AT ALL (emphasis on this, it must be absolute, if it leaves you desiring anything more than what you have, I encourage you to try other avenues) then use it. If OS X has the feature set you desire - great! But for some of us, and I will admit - we are not the general population, the former leave much to be desired.

On the note of gaming - with Virtual Machine's now provisioning support for direct hardware access for GPU accelerated rendering, and the integration available through suites like VirtualBox and VMWare - you could literally have a seamlessly integrated Windows installation with full graphics acceleration running inside your Linux distribution... I can see an end to the necessity for dual booting Windows coming soon.
    
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On the note of gaming - with Virtual Machine's now provisioning support for direct hardware access for GPU accelerated rendering, and the integration available through suites like VirtualBox and VMWare - you could literally have a seamlessly integrated Windows installation with full graphics acceleration running inside your Linux distribution... I can see an end to the necessity for dual booting Windows coming soon.
Really? Last time I tried to play games in VirtualBox it didn't go so well. The DirectX support is still experimental, and running a virtual machine over your Linux sucks a lot of power. I haven't tried VMWare yet. However, if what you say is true, time will tell.
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I used to use only Linux on my PC...but that was before I was a PC gamer. Now I don't, but there'll always be a soft spot in my heart for the penguin. It's miles better than windows in every fashion except drivers and games. I use OS X on my macbook because it works much better for me on a laptop than anything else, but I'll never use it on a desktop.

Basically, my preference is:
Desktop: Linux > Windows > OS X
Laptop: OS X > Linux > Windows
    
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Well i have tried Linux,but meh...

Windows 7 does all what i need,So in the forthcoming release of Windows 8 ,it will make it harder for Linux to be tried out in my home.
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Well i have tried Linux,but meh...
Windows 7 does all what i need,So in the forthcoming release of Windows 8 ,it will make it harder for Linux to be tried out in my home.
You are really going to prefer to use this?!

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Really? Last time I tried to play games in VirtualBox it didn't go so well. The DirectX support is still experimental, and running a virtual machine over your Linux sucks a lot of power. I haven't tried VMWare yet. However, if what you say is true, time will tell.

Running games with full video support in a VM is already possible given you have the right hardware and software. I haven't heard that VB or VMware have been able to do this but Xen certainly can and I have done it before.

The setup isn't as clean as most people might like it to be though. It works well as a server+client style but not so much as dual desktop setup. You will be dedicating a graphics card fully to the VM so you won't see output of the host OS at all from the card. To be able to control the host you will need either a second monitor + second graphics card (can be onboard), another machine to SSH/serial console from or SSH from the VM to the host. Also peripherals like the keyboard will also need to be passed in to the VM to control it so you may need another set for controlling the host. Otherwise you can control the host entirely from SSH.

Actually now that I think about it a KVM switch will probably solve all of these issues if you don't mind adding another device.

Lastly the following hardware is currently supported:
VT-d capable CPU and MB
Radeon or onboard Intel graphics
post #27 of 39
I'm not much of a gamer, so the whole playing games while running Linux isn't a big problem for me. I use linux because I like the idea of open source software, of the idea of a free operating system that is absolutely customizable. There is no worry about breaking some international law, when I go about changing things in my OS to make it more suit me. I don't have to worry about spending hundreds of dollars on the next upgrade either.

Overall I also really enjoy the learning curve, the constant learning experience that comes with running a unix based operating systems
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You are really going to prefer to use this?!
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As long as MS doesn't enforce that as the only GUI I think you're misrepresenting Win8. That said I keep looking at what they claim will be so much better about it and I can't believe they're going to charge people for basically another SP type tiny, incremental advance. I mean it was bad enough with Win7 that they did that but to do it again?

Again I think if there was ever an example of monopolist practice it would be MS as the default OS used in education systems world wide. I'm pretty sure that the fear people have with the unfamiliar is what keeps them from using Linux more after being indoctrined into windows.
     
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I tried giving Linux a real try, but it doesn't support my sound card so I have no sound. I don't use Linux because of the lack of compatibility.
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Security, you can customize it more in terms of aspect and also you can do pretty much everything like in windows except for the games, but there is an app that let you run windows programs I think is called whine i haven't try it to much maybe some of the users in here can tell you a little bit more
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