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quick rant...
show user profile  STRAT
fukkin OS's really piss me off these days.... (not wanting to start an OS war here)

i use Windows (XP64) as my main day to day system. Been using Windows since the day it was invented. I love it to bits and am 20 years used to it. Been using Mac OS for 4-5 years on a daily bases too, and like Windows, has it's high and low points.

here's my issue -

Windows is great. We use various versions of it at home and in work. I love it's interface and way of operating and ease and abundance of softwares to can install. But, it's a very 'bitty' and convoluted OS with no set standard rhyme or reason where developers or apps are concerned. Everyone for themselves so to speak.
and Windows does fek up every now and then, which most of the time is above and beyond the average home user's technical ability to fix, and is prone to a lot more internet shite than a mac.

Mac OS is also great. All very 'in-house', which i adore, updates are easier and more reliable, software is extremely standard across the board and the whole system is so much less prone to fekking up and crashing compared to windows.
But, i HATE it's user interface with a vengeance. I loath it. I even hate the mouse movement, which is completely different in Windows.

What i want is an OS, which will run what software i want, which has set standard user interfaces across the board but will alow a great deal of customisability within that structure.

Windows and Mac doest do this. A mixture of the 2 would be great. the userbility and workability of Windows, with the standardisation and stability of the Mac OSX.

Actually, the best OS's i've used in recent times or the Apple iOS devices.

Perhaps my 20 years plus experience in Windows and new found experience in the Mac OSX dont match. I'm always comparing the 2, and always swearing and cursing at the 2.

Rant over. sorry chaps.


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2/10/2011 1:36:09 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 1:37:26 PM)
show user profile  Pil
You could try Ubuntu.

Its a mix between Windows and Mac OS.
Its free...
You can run if off a USB or CDROM so you dont even need to install it....

Just run it and everything will run fine without hassle....

If you dont like it.
Reboot your computer and you're back to Windows.

More info:

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2/10/2011 1:46:57 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 1:47:29 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
linux loves you.
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2/10/2011 1:47:47 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 1:47:47 PM)
show user profile  hiostu
@Pil, imho Ubuntu (and Linux in general) doesn't have the usability of neither Windows nor MacOSX. It also doesn't have the standardisation of Mac OSX. It only has stability.

Linux still is an OS for very tech savvy people with to much free time, or someone who only uses something like a browser. It does work when used on a device which has it's complete own ecosystem like Android for example.

Linux is still very far from Windows and MacOSX, although some IT people might think otherwise.

But in the near future this might change since more and more is available from the web. Although I'm not to fond of that myself...
My Photographs @ Flickr

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2/10/2011 3:23:46 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 3:23:46 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
My Dad has a laptop which I've setup to boot into windows or Linux.

He prefers Linux. He's not tech savvy.

Softimage, C4D & Maya run on Linux though no 3dsmax yet.

No photoshop either yet - GIMP is the best alternative I'm aware of.

Firefox or Chrome browsers are available for browsing

OpenOffice for word pro/spreadsheet/etc.

Thunderbird for email.
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2/10/2011 3:32:56 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 3:36:39 PM)
show user profile  Pil
It might not suit you but 12 million people are using and it might just do the trick for Strat.

Its easy to find out.
Download, put on USB or burn to CD and boot.

If its not working out, remove USB or CD and reboot.

That could all be done fairly easy without being tech savvy.

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2/10/2011 3:37:49 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 3:38:32 PM)
show user profile  advance-software
> That could all be done fairly easy without being tech savvy.

This is strat we're talking about though :P
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2/10/2011 3:38:46 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 3:38:46 PM)
show user profile  Pil
I know but Im sure his wife can help him plug the USB in the computer....

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2/10/2011 3:46:10 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 3:46:10 PM)
show user profile  advance-software

You want the 64 bit version because there's no maya or soft for linux/32 bit as far as I recall.

I burn an iso onto a CD to boot/install. Haven't tried running from usb yet.
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2/10/2011 3:51:59 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 3:53:31 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark
>>Haven't tried running from usb yet.

It's not incredibly fast...

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2/10/2011 3:55:57 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 3:55:57 PM)
show user profile  STRAT
thanks fellers.

i'll not be switching from windows or osx as thats office policy. i wont try the others i can say that now, but interesting to know more about them.


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2/10/2011 4:06:12 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 4:06:12 PM)
show user profile  Pil
The USB option is mainly to try it out before installing.

If you like it and want to use it then you should install it....

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2/10/2011 4:12:09 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 4:12:09 PM)
show user profile  joelr
i say DOS is the way to go...

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2/10/2011 4:20:03 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 4:20:03 PM)
show user profile  Nik Clark

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2/10/2011 4:24:58 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 4:24:58 PM)
show user profile  parkerfamily
@nik, how much memory did you give it on the USB? while your "installing" to the usb, it asks you how much space you want to allocate, i gave it 3 gigs which it seems to use as page, and i use it to get around all the shit software on school computers. those things are significantly faster running off my flash drive than their own HD's. runs pretty smoothly actually. a tiny bit slow launching apps but nice and snappy otherwise.
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2/10/2011 4:45:23 PM (last edit: 2/10/2011 4:45:23 PM)
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