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[–] TheTrigger 3 points 135 points (+138|-3) ago  (edited ago)

Linux. I can't stress this enough... linuxlinuxlinuxlinuxlinux. It's all we have left to avoid the nanny state. And even then: make sure you avoid the questionable distros (looking at you, Ubuntu).

If more people used the fucking thing, all the games and software we depend on, for work or whatever, would already run on it.

Just use a separate Windows partition for Steam. Then use all your normal Windows apps in WINE or a virtual machine (Word, Excel, Photoshop, etc). You can do literally everything else in Linux just as easy as Windows.

Seriously guys, we all left reddit for far less dubious shit. It's time to leave Windows. No one said freedom would be easy.

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[–] BrownMoses 0 points 15 points (+15|-0) ago 

Seriously guys, we all left reddit for far less dubious shit. It's time to leave Windows. No one said freedom would be easy.

Well said

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[–] Pee-on-it 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

You make it sound so easy. I would love to drop Windows but where does one begin with Linux? It's not beginner friendly.

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[–] TheTrigger 1 points 6 points (+7|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Yes! Honestly, you won't regret it. If you have an old, spare computer lying around you can always play around with it and see if you like it. I always recommend Elementary OS as a good starter for people looking to try out Linux. It's sleek and easy enough to use without knowing how to do anything besides burn a CD and load it when starting your computer.

It has the added bonus of looking pretty and being infinitely customizable; so even if there's stuff you don't find, or want to change but don't know how, there's nothing a quick Google search won't be able to show you how to fix / get around.

EDIT: Actually, even if you don't have an old PC lying around: just install VirtualBox on your computer. It lets you run an OS inside your current one (Windows, Mac, w/e). You can play around with it all you want, and if it's not your cup of tea, you can just delete it and nothing on your PC will change because of it. Just note: performance isn't 100% (since it's running a system inside a system and all that). You won't be able to test games or anything that requires "high performance" unless you have a sick computer, or you install it on the HDD itself.

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[–] RedSocks157 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Ubuntu or Linux Mint. Both are user friendly, and Mint has an interface that will be familiar to anyone who used Windows.

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[–] Pinyaka 0 points 1 points (+1|-0) ago 

Install virtualbox on Windows. Use it to create a virtual machine with 5-10GB of disk space and then try installing linux to that. You'll get a good feel for the installation process with no risk of messing anything up. Try creating a few virtual machines with a couple of distros (Debian, Mint, Arch) and try some of those with different desktop environments (KDE, Gnome Desktop, XFCE) just to see what you like.

Personally, I'd recommend Debian with KDE as a starter. Most of the popular distros are based on Debian to some degree and Debians "Stable" branch is really, really stable (The "testing" branch is actually pretty stable and may be required for really new hardware). KDE is probably the closest thing to Windows to start with and you can always install multiple desktop environments to play with (although you may run into problems if the same user tries to use both KDE and Gnome regularly as they use some of the same config files).

Remember too that Windows will run in a virtual machine as well, so if you've got a windows install disk you can always install it to a VM and run it like another program under linux. A lot of graphically intensive games won't run well in a Windows VM, but things like Office do.

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[–] kronal 1 points 0 points (+1|-1) ago 

As someone who used it for years as my main OS is not veteran friendly either lol The UX basically sucks, although the customization is great, most of the time you just want to get your things done, not fiddle with your OS. Customization also requires you to know how to configure your stuff properly and lack of that could be a security problem.

Now I tend to enjoy Windows 8.1 because it makes me more productive, and gives me the best of both worlds, that is some applications that aren't available on Linux and ported open source ones.

As a side note, access to free applications is nice (and you get that on Windows and MacOS X, too), but some alternative to established products are simply not as good, and in general tend to have worse user interaction. You end up "paying" for them with the extra time you spend, it's not a panacea.

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[–] TheTrigger 0 points 7 points (+7|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You know, if you like the whole "Mac OS" aesthetic, I would suggest Elementary OS. They've done a great job at making everything seamless and straight-forward. It supports APT as-well, so it's handy that way. And GTK or KDE apps all intergrate in to its aesthetic as well, so nothing ever really looks out of place (if looks are your concern).

When's the last time you've used Linux? Things have gotten a lot more user-friendly in the past ~5-10 years. You pretty much don't even need to know how to use a console anymore, for ~99% of things besides tweaking out the kernel and stuff like that (which, I mean: if that's what you're doing, you already know how to use bash).

Just run linux in a VM in your current OS of choice and play around with it. I think you'll find things have gotten surprisingly better.

EDIT: also, you don't have to remove Windows completely. Due to their hilariously self-destructive proprietary nature, they can't even see what's going on in your EXT3 partitions. Just keep using Windows for Steam and use Linux for everything else.

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[–] eulogyjones 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

I'll leave for linux the second it catches up to windows for gaming. Until then its just a novelty to me.

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[–] TheTrigger 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

That's why i said keep a partition around for your games, because it's harmless enough anyways, but don't let them spy on the rest of your life because of it?

On any decent, modern computer it takes ~3 minutes to reboot from one OS to another.

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[–] FFX01 0 points 4 points (+4|-0) ago 

I can understand not wanting to make the switch because you're a gamer, however, Linux is not a "novelty". Frankly, that's insulting to the people who spent years of their lives developing it. Not to mention 95% of the internet runs on linux machines.

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[–] dinosaurdynasty 0 points 2 points (+2|-0) ago 

There are around ~2500 games for Linux on Steam at this point, and it’s growing fast.

It’s already happening.