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I was wondering how many of you guys used linux? I use Ubuntu on my laptop, but am ashamed to admit that I have to use Windows on my desktop for things like, well just sketchup... 

So how many of you use linux and which distro do you use and why ? :)

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"but am ashamed to admit that I have to use Windows"

Why is that?
I use Windows for all my work both at home and at work and I don’t find it embarrassing at all. Windows is by far the dominant operating system so why would you be ashamed of using it? Your PICAXE or Arduino don’t mind where the compiled code comes from.

So no, I’m not a Linux user and see no reason to become one.
(That said I have used Red Hat Linux years ago and Ubuntu but always ended up with either a dual boot or some sort of windows emulator… so why bother..?)

I dabbled with Linux back in my computer science days. Now I`m more into engineering and just want things to work so I mainly use Windows.


I hate the idea of putting extra money into already wealthy peoples pockets, especially when there is a very good alternative.If only the big software companies would support linux... Everything about Windows (and mac) are about making profits, never mind customer service.... For example to use the product key for the vista OS that came with my laptop I would have to spend £50 on an OEM disk for it, surely if I own the product key I own the operating system and should be able to download the files to install Vista! I also hate the way windows installs automatic updates, especially when you only leave your computer for half an hour or so with a couple of unsaved documents open and you come back and the computer has rebooted. And if you turn off automatic updates you are pelted with warnings saying 'your computer is unprotected' which are just annoying! Windows has also been made for people who don't really understand computers, and this means that speed has been sacrificed for ease of use which in general isn't a good thing for most of us here. Finally windows is much more vulnerable to viruses and for me takes at least twice as long to install.

Ok rant over, I can understand why some people may prefer to use windows if it is what they are most comfortable with :) 


I might be wrong, but it seems that your typing robot also favors Windows?


My typing robot favours the desktop computer :) Which I have Windows on for the occasional time I want to play games or use sketchup. I'm not really ashamed (clearly the wrong choice of word :L ) , I just disapprove of windows. Although having said that I am getting windows 7, which I do quite like - still way too expensive though!

Mainly in response to geir, but also answering the first quesion:

1) I use linux ubuntu, with an openbox wm+ lxpanel and a simple background set with geh

2) The hatred for windows by some linux users, such as myself, come from the support of free software.  Just as arduino is open source, i like using an open system, which i don't need to pay for, where i know i'll find a community of people like myself trying to get the most of my computer. However, i hate windows mainly because it's propietary software which has a price.

#2 also applies to mac, that's why i sold my iphone and bought an android

Linux is better in that it teaches you all the ins and outs and lets you see where everything is and fiddle around with it. However, with that said I use windows because it avoids me compatibility issues and is overall just easier to work with. A lot of the time people are "ashamed" that they use windows because there is this whole stigma like the lower level the programming is closer you are to the machine, the better it runs ect. I think that's silly. If everything was written in assembly we would have long ago killed ourselves. And yeah MS bashing is fun but statistically Windows 7 is pretty darn effective. Use the right tool for the right job, lower level is good but not always. I want something fast, quick and easy. Like a cheap date Windows has always delivered. And if you have a Mac....well.....you can probably edit some wicked home videos!



I grew up on windows and always loved the way I could find everything and with very little knowledge modify deeper settings. The BSOD is a bit of a pain and the general locking up and errors will make me hate windows but there is no other option.

Dont want to pay 2 times the price of a normal computer to get a mac and be locked to apple, hate steve jobs way of thinking and they are more of a fashion item than an actual up to date machine. I will say that mac laptops are ergonomic which is nice. 

Recently installed ubuntu in dual boot and it is very very fast, but there is a bit of a learning step to get used to it.   

Have always used windows. Just never had the patience to play with linux. I appreciate the philosophy of people who are strongly linux and anti windows. Hell I'll even give microsoft a bashing sometimes. But I have to say I am really happy with win7. It is the most user friendly OS ever. I didn't feel so much appreciative in the jump from 98 to xp because it was not all that different and it seemed you had to click extra times to get down to the settings you wanted to change. I didn't bother with vista and from what I hear that was smart.

I guess it depends on whether you want to spend most of your time on using the applications your OS supports or share some of that time on an OS to get applications to work. How strong is your feelings for open source?