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Topic # 113689 24-Jan-2013 14:27 Send private message

I am fortunate enough to be quite platform-agnostic in my job and am currently using Linux (Arch Linux) on my laptop as my main driver. Go web development! :)

I was wondering how many other people get to use Linux in their day jobs, or even at home on their desktops? How many people dual it with Windows or who has forgone Windows all together?

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  Reply # 750223 24-Jan-2013 14:31 Send private message

I've forgone Windows all together about 12 years ago. Used Linux desktop for six years (mainly SuSe at the time), now I use Mac.

Our team here are free to choose their desktop OS - the team mostly choose Ubuntu or Mint.

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  Reply # 750228 24-Jan-2013 14:35 Send private message

Not much opportunity at work, but at home I run:

* An Amahi home server (Ubuntu flavoured)
* Ubuntu on an old laptop - mostly used by my kids for web stuff\matheletics\etc
* Until fairly recently I was running an xbmcbuntu HTPC. It worked absolutely fine for 95% of our usage but when I built a new one I went with windows because I possibly wanted to try madVR at some point and I never could get my camera working with skype on xbmcbuntu (not that I tried much - just didn't have the time)
* 2 android phones and a transformer tablet (it's based on linux right? :) )



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  Reply # 750239 24-Jan-2013 14:50 Send private message

I got an openElec HTPC running atm. I've no desire to record TV but I do know from previous experience you really need Windows to get a smooth experience.

I like to play games so I recently installed Windows to a small partition on my gaming desktop for Far Cry 3, it's having trouble in WINE atm.

I have a Transformer Infinity w/ dual boot Ubuntu; awesome but screen is quite small, resulting in most stuff being like 3mm^2 when on a 'normal' screen it would be 2cm^2. I haven't figured out how to change everything to act like the screen is half the size (double pixel density) so I've left it as is.

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  Reply # 750254 24-Jan-2013 15:35 Send private message

At work, most time is spent on Red Hat Enterprise Linux. The employer-provided desktop PC runs Windows 7 Pro but the real work is in VNC sessions to the Linux development boxes.

At home, the rest of the family uses Windows but my laptops only boot Linux - mostly Fedora, Xfce spin with rpmfusion for the extra audio/video codecs.

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  Reply # 750278 24-Jan-2013 16:14 Send private message

Home pc: using Debian 6.0 64bit plus some chroot installations, for testing.
Tablet: HP Touchpad running webOS and Debian armhf chroot.
Work: for most office work I'm using our standard company Windows 7 build, but with Debian running in VirtualBox for some testing - most likely will add/replace it with CentOS as that's closer to the Red Hat servers I'm also working with.

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  Reply # 750314 24-Jan-2013 16:49 Send private message

Windows 8 at work and all manner of windows server installs from 2003 to 2012. At home I have win7 on desktop and netbook because it meets the WAF requirements. My only Linux left is now my Ubuntu 12.04 vmware player install. I use it for kernel dev work for my android phone. Maybe it will start to build MIUI if I can find some time to set it up correctly.

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  Reply # 750335 24-Jan-2013 17:32 Send private message

Was running a Windows-free household with Linux on both my wife's and my machines for nine years until September 2011. Then I got a MacBook Air and still haven't got Linux running on it (= this summer's project). She's on Mint 12.

Wherever I work the desktop machines are invariably Windows, but typically XP Pro.

There is one application that I have to use once every several months that requires Windows. I use either a workplace machine or the otherwise unused Win 7 that came on my wife's new laptop. Some open source software is being developed for that function (viewing of digitised microscope slides) and I will switch to it as soon as it's adequately functional.

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  Reply # 750404 24-Jan-2013 20:25 Send private message

I use Ubuntu 12.4 on my home/work desktop, dual booting Windows XP. Have to keep XP, as my accounting software is Windows only - have tried WINE but no luck. I also use Masterspec which requires an add-on to Word. Libre or any other WP program doesn't work with it.

Also dual boot my netbook - Xubuntu and Windows XP. I only use XP on that when away from home and forced to use Vodafone mobile USB stick - have never been able to get the USB stick to work with Xubuntu.

I Really like Xubuntu,which has a nice clean and simple interface. It seems faster than Ubuntu when I was running that on the netbook - and is miles faster than XP. My only problem is that it won't wake the computer up when it goes into sleep mode.

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  Reply # 750419 24-Jan-2013 21:10 Send private message

Wilko, what method(s) have you used to try to connect via the Vodafone USB stick when you've been using Xubuntu?

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  Reply # 750438 24-Jan-2013 21:52 Send private message

Windows only environment at home (Win 7 with Ubuntu dual boot [but rarely used] - only one computer) and work (Win XP soon to be Win 7). My fianc? has no interest in anything that isn't Windows and we've never seen the need for more than one computer in the house. That's why I've always had a VPS or two available to play with, currently playing with Centos 6 64bit with VNC/Gnome.

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  Reply # 750450 24-Jan-2013 22:01 Send private message

Wilko, what method(s) have you used to try to connect via the Vodafone USB stick when you've been using Xubuntu? 

When trying the "plug and play" method, Linux saw it as an ordinary USB drive. I googled for an solution, but came up with nothing that worked. Some users said they have succeeded but I think they were outside NZ and must have used a slightly different model of vodem stick.  Mine is a Huawei model K3772. The Vodafone web site says it works with Windows and Mac OS's with no mention of Linux.

I am not too woried, as I only need to use the vodem very occasionally.

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  Reply # 750465 24-Jan-2013 22:19 Send private message

My Vodems are older (Huawei E220, Vodafone K3520 and Huawei E169) but they have worked with vodafone-mobile-connect-card-driver-for-linux and sakis3G I can't recall any of them ever working as plug-and-play. When I was using them I was running Ubuntu (several successive versions).

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  Reply # 750565 25-Jan-2013 08:50 Send private message

I'm a web developer and have used Linux at home and work as my primary desktop for about 8 years doing web development. I've jumped around distros a fair bit (including Arch) but am using Ubuntu currently.

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  Reply # 755287 4-Feb-2013 00:15 Send private message

I have 3 computers in the house all running Linux Lite. One is my main rig, the 2nd is my laptop and the 3rd is my htpc running the latest XBMC.

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  Reply # 755294 4-Feb-2013 03:38 Send private message

openSUSUE (KDE flavour) exclusively for the past six to seven years or so.

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