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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Well, I am considering ditching Windows 7.  smile.gif  It's possible that I no longer benefit from it due to the way I use my sig rig these days, and I think that I'd still have just as problem-free of an experience with Linux (or Unix, if that's recommended) as I do with Windows 7.  I heard today that Linux is way faster, and so I have decided to begin looking into it.

Based on what I do with my sig rig as well as what I might want in an operating system (as seen below), which Linux (or Unix?) would I be happiest with?

This is a list in very random order (right off the top of my head, completely unrehearsed) of the things I use my computer for, things I can't give up, and what I think I'd like in an OS:
  1. Firefox
    Of course we have Firefox smile.gif
  2. I need all of my Firefox extensions to work.  I can list them all if I need to.
    You'll have to check the extension website for those ( would be easier than having us check them tongue.gif, but most should work fine )
  3. I do the occasional "offline" viewing of a PDF document.
    There are plenty of PDF viewers, including Acrobat Reader
  4. E-mail (Outlook 2003 - I paid full price for it, so I refuse to give it up
  5. Word Processing - very rare (Word 2003 - I paid full price for it, so I refuse to give it up)
    While according to the Wine App DB these should work ( only received silver and garbage ratings ) I would at least suggest trying out LibreOffice for your rare word processing and Thunderbird ( by Mozilla ) for your mailing needs. I know Outlook provides a few other features other than the mail, but if you aren't using them then I would say try it.
  6. Bi-weekly MP3 playback of a 3-hour internet radio show archive
  7. I play the occasional downloaded video (like I recently purchased an instructional video and it plays in PotPlayer which is my absolute most favorite media player right now)
  8. DVD movies
    We've got a plethora of Media players for every kind of user
  9. Pics
    Never an Issue
  10. Screenshots
    As above
  11. Overclocking
    Overclocking in Linux is a bit more painful than Windows. It uses the CPU more efficiently and because of so is a lot more sensitive to OC's, just start from the ground up and follow your normal routine to find a stable OC.
  12. I use CPU-Z, Real Temp, Prime95, Core Temp, IBT, LinX, etc.
    We've got several programs, lm_sensors is our sensor program and is the backend of many of the GUI versions, I believe we have a Prime95 in Linux, not sure about IBT or LinX, though we do have a native linpack and if you want more bench suites you can check out the Phoronix pack.
  13. I have the Microsoft Intellimouse Optical and I'm not giving up the Intellipoint software
    You'll have to do a bit of Google-Foo on that yourself. tongue.gif
  14. I have the XtremeGamer and I'm currently using Daniel_K's X-Fi Support Pack 2.5.  I don't want to give up the Console Launcher which contains all of the adjustments that can be made.
    You'll have to do a bit of Google-Foo on that yourself. tongue.gif
  15. I have no hard drives, just solid state
    Not a problem.

  16. I would like an OS that's very fun to use, visually entertaining even for the simplest of operations and tasks.  I want something that's alive with smooth 3D animations.  It has to be visually quite stunning.  I want it to blow me away.  smile.gif
    Don't confuse different distro's with different Desktop Environments and Window Managers. You can install any of them on any Linux distro, so find a distro that manages itself the way you want ( frequency of updates, package management, etc ) and give all the DE's and WM's a shot ( or look them up on youtube and what you can do with each )

    If you want to look around youtube do some searches for....

    KDE

    Gnome Shell

    Cinnamon

    Mate

    XFCE

    LXDE

    OpenBox

    Just a few of the more popular ones, should be a good start for you to see which you would like in terms of features and visuals.

  17. I need the Time, Day, and date (with the year) displayed at all times.  With my lifestyle, it helps me keep track of what time it is, what day of the week it is, and what the date is.  The year is fun for me to look at because I kind of can't believe it's 2013 already.
    This is Linux, this isn't a problem tongue.gif
  18. The time has to be synchronized with atomic time over the internet
    Not a problem.
  19. I need to be able to customize the list of time servers because I have a few that I prefer to use that I had to add in myself
    Check out NTPD
  20. I'd like to simultaneously have an analog clock on my desktop, just like the Windows 7 clock Gadget
    Again, Linux, Customization is out middle name. I'll suggest Conky here, if you've ever used Rainmeter or equivalent in Windows, Conky is similar. Easy to use, loads of features.
  21. I need the OS to be extremely and easily customizable
    Welcome to Linux.
  22. Installing software needs to be easy, just like it is in Windows: open the installer, click Next, wait, and it's done.
    Installers? Ha. Try package managers. We don't travel the vast world wide web to find programs, we open up the package manage, type what we want, search, install. Software management has never been easier.
  23. It needs to be an easy transition from Windows
    I'm going to be honest here, if you're absolutely refusing to give up some things here, it may be a bit difficult. But if you give it and some alternative programs a try, it shouldn't be too painful. Other than that, Linux is as much, if not easier than Windows.
  24. It needs to be easy to do a dual-boot with Windows 7, as well as being easy to remove if I don't like it for some reason
    Common this is Linux, a free ( as in freedom ) kernel that has no room for playing favorites and has no intention to block anything. Dual-booting is a cinch.
  25. I can currently open any pinned item on the Taskbar by pressing Windows Key + 1, or +2, or +3, etc, all the way up to +0 for the 10th item on the Taskbar (starting from the left).  I need to keep this ability.
    Linux, Customization, need I say more?
  26. I'm all about keyboard shortcuts.
    So is Linux, you two should get acquainted smile.gif
  27. I love the Windows 7 Start Menu search where I can instantly pull up and open any file that exists on my drives by simply typing and pressing Enter to open.  I also love how there's no delay between keystrokes:  each new keystroke drives the search results just like it's quickly reading from a text-only file.
    Linux -> wave2.gif
  28. I have 618 wallpapers that I have going in the Desktop Slide Show.  I'd like something very similar to this where I can easily customize nearly all aspects of its behavior - including the transition time, the type of transition, how long each wallpaper stays up, etc.\
    Not a problem here, we had that back in the old XP days.
  29. I use a tiny app called PureText that allows me to paste formatted text as plain text.  This means I don't have to paste it into Notepad first and then copy that text just to make it plain.  I need to keep this ability.
    Not sure on this one honestly tongue.gif


That's really all I can think of right now.  I know it's a long list, but this post is the only effort I've ever put into researching or looking into this so far.  I mean, I literally created this post before doing anything else because the existence of this thread will make it easier for me to follow through and at least try Linux (or Unix if it's recommended).

So, what I'm looking to find out is:  can I make the switch and keep everything in this list?  If so, then which Linux (or Unix?) do you recommend that might make me the happiest?

From what I've seen, most things are here on your list, a couple might not be, and a couple might just need a little work, but overall you seem to be ready tongue.gif As for distro's...

Ubuntu : The most popular and known to the wild, been around a while, great support, very stable, backed by money.
Mint : Built on top of Ubuntu, but provides non-free drivers and such the instant it's installed, I would suggest Mint for it's overall ease of use.

There are many more, but I feel those would be the easiest for you to start with for the time being.


Thank you, everyone.  I'm looking forward to getting into this!



-Tim

P.S.  I have an 8GB bootable USB flash drive that has 5.96 GB free.  smile.gif

Wow, that was a long list, lol.
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"refusing to give up word 2003" is not exactly open to making the switch thumb.gif

that was my point. when you say "linux is fast but I refuse to give up a 10 year old micrsoft tool" ... what kind of reactions can you expect? You're talking about a major shift in your usage of the machine .. there's going to be a lot of give and take. And try not to be so sensitive, it's the internet. smile.gifrolleyes.gif

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Originally Posted by Shrak View Post

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Originally Posted by TwoCables View Post

Well, I am considering ditching Windows 7.  smile.gif  It's possible that I no longer benefit from it due to the way I use my sig rig these days, and I think that I'd still have just as problem-free of an experience with Linux (or Unix, if that's recommended) as I do with Windows 7.  I heard today that Linux is way faster, and so I have decided to begin looking into it.

Based on what I do with my sig rig as well as what I might want in an operating system (as seen below), which Linux (or Unix?) would I be happiest with?

This is a list in very random order (right off the top of my head, completely unrehearsed) of the things I use my computer for, things I can't give up, and what I think I'd like in an OS:
  1. Firefox
    Of course we have Firefox smile.gif
  2. I need all of my Firefox extensions to work.  I can list them all if I need to.
    You'll have to check the extension website for those ( would be easier than having us check them tongue.gif, but most should work fine )
  3. I do the occasional "offline" viewing of a PDF document.
    There are plenty of PDF viewers, including Acrobat Reader
  4. E-mail (Outlook 2003 - I paid full price for it, so I refuse to give it up
  5. Word Processing - very rare (Word 2003 - I paid full price for it, so I refuse to give it up)
    While according to the Wine App DB these should work ( only received silver and garbage ratings ) I would at least suggest trying out LibreOffice for your rare word processing and Thunderbird ( by Mozilla ) for your mailing needs. I know Outlook provides a few other features other than the mail, but if you aren't using them then I would say try it.
  6. Bi-weekly MP3 playback of a 3-hour internet radio show archive
  7. I play the occasional downloaded video (like I recently purchased an instructional video and it plays in PotPlayer which is my absolute most favorite media player right now)
  8. DVD movies
    We've got a plethora of Media players for every kind of user
  9. Pics
    Never an Issue
  10. Screenshots
    As above
  11. Overclocking
    Overclocking in Linux is a bit more painful than Windows. It uses the CPU more efficiently and because of so is a lot more sensitive to OC's, just start from the ground up and follow your normal routine to find a stable OC.
  12. I use CPU-Z, Real Temp, Prime95, Core Temp, IBT, LinX, etc.
    We've got several programs, lm_sensors is our sensor program and is the backend of many of the GUI versions, I believe we have a Prime95 in Linux, not sure about IBT or LinX, though we do have a native linpack and if you want more bench suites you can check out the Phoronix pack.
  13. I have the Microsoft Intellimouse Optical and I'm not giving up the Intellipoint software
    You'll have to do a bit of Google-Foo on that yourself. tongue.gif
  14. I have the XtremeGamer and I'm currently using Daniel_K's X-Fi Support Pack 2.5.  I don't want to give up the Console Launcher which contains all of the adjustments that can be made.
    You'll have to do a bit of Google-Foo on that yourself. tongue.gif
  15. I have no hard drives, just solid state
    Not a problem.
     
  16. I would like an OS that's very fun to use, visually entertaining even for the simplest of operations and tasks.  I want something that's alive with smooth 3D animations.  It has to be visually quite stunning.  I want it to blow me away.  smile.gif
    Don't confuse different distro's with different Desktop Environments and Window Managers. You can install any of them on any Linux distro, so find a distro that manages itself the way you want ( frequency of updates, package management, etc ) and give all the DE's and WM's a shot ( or look them up on youtube and what you can do with each )

    If you want to look around youtube do some searches for....

    KDE

    Gnome Shell

    Cinnamon

    Mate

    XFCE

    LXDE

    OpenBox

    Just a few of the more popular ones, should be a good start for you to see which you would like in terms of features and visuals.
  17. I need the Time, Day, and date (with the year) displayed at all times.  With my lifestyle, it helps me keep track of what time it is, what day of the week it is, and what the date is.  The year is fun for me to look at because I kind of can't believe it's 2013 already.
    This is Linux, this isn't a problem tongue.gif
  18. The time has to be synchronized with atomic time over the internet
    Not a problem.
  19. I need to be able to customize the list of time servers because I have a few that I prefer to use that I had to add in myself
    Check out NTPD
  20. I'd like to simultaneously have an analog clock on my desktop, just like the Windows 7 clock Gadget
    Again, Linux, Customization is out middle name. I'll suggest Conky here, if you've ever used Rainmeter or equivalent in Windows, Conky is similar. Easy to use, loads of features.
  21. I need the OS to be extremely and easily customizable
    Welcome to Linux.
  22. Installing software needs to be easy, just like it is in Windows: open the installer, click Next, wait, and it's done.
    Installers? Ha. Try package managers. We don't travel the vast world wide web to find programs, we open up the package manage, type what we want, search, install. Software management has never been easier.
  23. It needs to be an easy transition from Windows
    I'm going to be honest here, if you're absolutely refusing to give up some things here, it may be a bit difficult. But if you give it and some alternative programs a try, it shouldn't be too painful. Other than that, Linux is as much, if not easier than Windows.
  24. It needs to be easy to do a dual-boot with Windows 7, as well as being easy to remove if I don't like it for some reason
    Common this is Linux, a free ( as in freedom ) kernel that has no room for playing favorites and has no intention to block anything. Dual-booting is a cinch.
  25. I can currently open any pinned item on the Taskbar by pressing Windows Key + 1, or +2, or +3, etc, all the way up to +0 for the 10th item on the Taskbar (starting from the left).  I need to keep this ability.
    Linux, Customization, need I say more?
  26. I'm all about keyboard shortcuts.
    So is Linux, you two should get acquainted smile.gif
  27. I love the Windows 7 Start Menu search where I can instantly pull up and open any file that exists on my drives by simply typing and pressing Enter to open.  I also love how there's no delay between keystrokes:  each new keystroke drives the search results just like it's quickly reading from a text-only file.
    Linux -> wave2.gif
  28. I have 618 wallpapers that I have going in the Desktop Slide Show.  I'd like something very similar to this where I can easily customize nearly all aspects of its behavior - including the transition time, the type of transition, how long each wallpaper stays up, etc.\
    Not a problem here, we had that back in the old XP days.
  29. I use a tiny app called PureText that allows me to paste formatted text as plain text.  This means I don't have to paste it into Notepad first and then copy that text just to make it plain.  I need to keep this ability.
    Not sure on this one honestly tongue.gif


That's really all I can think of right now.  I know it's a long list, but this post is the only effort I've ever put into researching or looking into this so far.  I mean, I literally created this post before doing anything else because the existence of this thread will make it easier for me to follow through and at least try Linux (or Unix if it's recommended).

So, what I'm looking to find out is:  can I make the switch and keep everything in this list?  If so, then which Linux (or Unix?) do you recommend that might make me the happiest?

From what I've seen, most things are here on your list, a couple might not be, and a couple might just need a little work, but overall you seem to be ready tongue.gif As for distro's...

Ubuntu : The most popular and known to the wild, been around a while, great support, very stable, backed by money.
Mint : Built on top of Ubuntu, but provides non-free drivers and such the instant it's installed, I would suggest Mint for it's overall ease of use.

There are many more, but I feel those would be the easiest for you to start with for the time being.


Thank you, everyone.  I'm looking forward to getting into this!



-Tim

P.S.  I have an 8GB bootable USB flash drive that has 5.96 GB free.  smile.gif

Wow, that was a long list, lol.

 

 

hehe yeah, I was expecting my list to be like maybe 5-10 things, but it just kept getting longer and longer.

 

Anyway, I thank you very much for this.  This is exactly the kind of reply I am looking for.  You represent Linux users very well, Shrak!

 

Thank you.

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Originally Posted by lloyd mcclendon View Post

"refusing to give up word 2003" is not exactly open to making the switch thumb.gif

that was my point. when you say "linux is fast but I refuse to give up a 10 year old micrsoft tool" ... what kind of reactions can you expect? And try not to be so sensitive, it's the internet. smile.gifrolleyes.gif

 

That's easy:  look at the way Shrak handled it.  That's how it's done.

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yeah i'm sure that only took him an entire hour to post. Easy .. right Shrak?
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yeah i'm sure that only took him an entire hour to post. Easy .. right Shrak?

 

It's easy when all you care about is being helpful.

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but ... you're really not equal in terms of subject matter knowledge here, so I think it's a perfectly fair reply. If I came off as condecending I apologize, but it was meant to bring a reality check into the picture. Just because "you heard linux is faster" doesn't mean you have a good need to become a linux user through and through. Like I said, download a live CD and try it out... but if you've never ran "make" before there's really not much reason to. thumb.gif

Yes, it was very condescending and I still don't appreciate it.  Your first response leaves a pretty sour taste in my mouth.  I apologize, but that's just where I'm at.  I thought Linux users were more community-minded people.  You know, friendly, more patient, etc.  I went into this with the hopes that everyone would be happy to see me being open to making the switch, and thus would jump at the chance to "save" me.  Instead, you came along and you basically made fun of me because of some of the things I said in my original post, and it was uncalled for.  You clearly don't want to help because you didn't even read my entire post (that's what you said), so why did you reply?

I'm just trying to figure this out so that I don't end up with hard feelings here.

You *will* run into what you might consider to be "elitist" attitudes sometimes with Linux users. However, it's not always people just being snobbish. It's often a result of the fact that Linux has a learning curve, and many prospective new users will think they can just jump in with both feet and rely on the community to answer all their questions, rather than doing some research and trying to help themselves as much as possible. Those sort of new users invariably end up dumping Linux without having expended much effort, complaining that it's just a propeller head niche full of people with god complexes that don't want to help anyone.

Seems I've generally known lloyd to be helpful where Linux is concerned, so I'd chalk it up to his having had a bad day at the office or something.

Couple of suggestions:

1. LibreOffice is every bit as good as MS Office, and it can open and save documents in MS Office formats, too.
2. As others have said, you might wanna try Linux in a virtual machine running in Windows, just to see how it feels.
3. As for just about all your Windows programs, you can run those in a Windows virtual machine in Linux, if there are any you just can't do without. Games are often the exception to this, as virtual machines don't utilize the capabilities of high end graphics cards. You can look into running a program called Wine in Linux to allow that with a lot of games.

Good luck.
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Easy, yes. Time consuming, little bit.

Still not a problem though.
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i never thought i'll be giving advise to someone like you.

anyway, try them all out first. how? use vmbox, then install the ones you think will be good candidates such as ubuntu, suse or even puppy linux.

https://www.virtualbox.org/

i did and picked ubuntu as a secondary os inside win7.

edit: btw, this is a good way to find out if a certain distro will support all your hardware.
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Shark said it very well, but as did some others. You are going to have to give up some things, and you are going to have to take the time to get used to it. However, the reward is well worth it. I would definitely recommend dual-booting, you will probably still need to use Windows now and then.

 

As for documents, if you don't mind google or doing it online, google docs has all the features you will ever need, and it works very well.

 

As for a starter OS, I would recommend Ubuntu.

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