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Old 07-14-2013, 08:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey guys!

This is more of an opinion and advice thread...

My laptop is a bit old and slow, and so I was looking of ways of breathing new life into it. SOmething that popped up was the idea of switching to a linux OS (ubuntu).

Now, I'm far from being technologically minded, but I was wondering if many people here had any experience with linux; if you have switched and never looked back, or to those who have switched then gone back to OSx or windows.

And also how do I go about installing it, I like the idea of wiping my laptop and starting from scratch again, is that what you have to do to install it?

Also is it possible to have an Office alternative that can save formats compatible with MS Office, as work often needs me to do power points etc...

Many thanks old chums

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Old 07-14-2013, 04:16 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go ahead -- make the switch to Ubuntu. You won't regret it. I was a hardcore Microsoft devotee for many years...but then I discovered Ubuntu and I'm a total convert. I'm writing this post from my laptop running Ubuntu.

And I run Microsoft Office 2010 in Ubuntu. It runs flawlessly through Wine. I also run Adobe Fireworks with no problems.

I love Ubuntu. Love it.
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Go ahead -- make the switch to Ubuntu. You won't regret it. I was a hardcore Microsoft devotee for many years...but then I discovered Ubuntu and I'm a total convert. I'm writing this post from my laptop running Ubuntu.

And I run Microsoft Office 2010 in Ubuntu. It runs flawlessly through Wine. I also run Adobe Fireworks with no problems.

I love Ubuntu. Love it.
Thanks for the reply SL, I'm a complete techno dunce, where would be a good place to start when it comes to making the move, is there an idiots walk through or something you could suggest please?
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Ubuntu is one of the most user friendly flavor of linux. Another good flavor is Linux mint which is itself built on top of ubuntu and is in some ways cooler.
But tbh I am more familiar and comfortable with Windows cuz I have been using it forever.
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The good thing about Linux is that it's becoming more and more widely-accepted. Will it ever be as "mainstream" as Windows or Mac? Probably not. But from what I understand, ubuntu is (as Dib said) is the most user-friendly of the Linux builds, and Linux as a whole is nowhere NEAR as intimidating as it once was. That's not to say that it's completely user-friendly, just that it's come a long way.

I'd definitely suggest Ubuntu if you wanna try Linux.
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