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[–] datjedi 5 points 87 points (+92|-5) ago 

Thas why I'm on linux

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[–] riposte 2 points 34 points (+36|-2) ago 

I went with Linux Mint a few days ago. The design is similar to windows, and I like it already. It's also very nice knowing that your PC isn't spying on you.

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

I'm not confident enough to go linux quite yet... I think I'll buy a cheap ass laptop or something and mess around with it before I fully switch.. but yea, microsoft is really starti...pissing me off even more now...

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

Isn't mac related to Linux?

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[–] jstressman 0 points 18 points (+18|-0) ago 

I've been using Linux since the late 90s (multiple boot systems, spent most normal desktop time in Windows), but switched to full time a few years ago when the writing on the wall became clear that MS was moving toward the walled garden approach of Apple, attempting increasingly locked down hardware and vendor lock-in software all ran through their own market place where they'd have firm control and take a cut of all the profits... and that was before all this new spying stuff.

Unfortunately I own over 600 games on Steam and only like 100 or so of them run in Linux. :( So I've kept Windows around solely for the games I like to play that I can't play in Linux yet.

(And even now I can't play games as well under Linux as I can under Windows. For example The Talos Principle (which is awesome). It has support for both, but runs far better for me under Windows. This could be because of my card? It's a Radeon 7970, and the open source driver doesn't work well for serious games like that... and even the proprietary driver performs like garbage for that game, and has the habit of randomly hard locking my system. So I just stick with the OSS drivers for normal use, and reboot to Windows when I occasionally get the urge to do some gaming. I think when I build my next system in a few years I'll be going with an Nvidia card again for the first time since around 2000. They just seem to have a lot better support and performance in Linux these days. Your mileage may vary of course.)

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[–] tarm 0 points 9 points (+9|-0) ago 

Same deal here. Just got an extra SSD. I have a hot swap SSD port on the front of my case. Super convenient. Leave the SSD in with Linux Mint. If I really need Windows, shut down, pull drive out a bit, boot to Windows. Steam games basically being the only reason.

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[–] G392 0 points 8 points (+8|-0) ago 

(Not trying to start an AMD vs NVIDIA debate here)
The next gen of AMD cards should have strongly improved (And Open Source IIRC) Linux drivers (and Vulkan support),
so you might not have to get a Nvidia card.

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

I was a rabid linux supporter from 2006-2008. But I got fed up with Linux sound and the lack of being able to do many things. I really didn't begin getting back into the swing until 2014 when I started giving a shit about privacy and the NSA... only to find Ubuntu fell to the dark side of the force. That was a sad day. Now I just use Arch and put either Mint or Debian on non techies computers.

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

And even now I can't play games as well under Linux as I can under Windows.

Personally I found it to be a mixed bag although it does seem like most games run marginally better on Windows. My main problem is that I keep running into tons of graphically glitched games that seem to render just fine on Windows As a side note I'd like to specifically mention Civilization V since it ran noticeably better on Linux.

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

Just waiting for Unity editor to be released on Linux and I'm there too. That's really the only thing holding me back (I make my living with Unity).

Is it hard for me to take my existing Windows 10 and dual boot it with Linux? Maybe I should I start now, in preparation.

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[–] jstressman 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

Shouldn't be too difficult, relatively speaking. I'm sure google or even folks here could help out if you need it. :)

You'd either need another drive for it, or split your current drive into partitions if it doesn't have them already. If you only have a single drive like C: currently, with Windows using the whole thing, that gets a little trickier, because you'd need to use an app to kind of squish all your files to one end of the drive, then split the empty space off into a new partition, and install Linux on that.

When you install Linux, it will install a "boot loader" for you that will pop up a little menu when you boot and ask you which operating system you want to boot into. You can make it default into one or the other either immediately, after a few seconds, or just wait for you to choose. The installation itself should automatically detect your Windows partition and add it to the list, so you'd have Linux, Windows, and probably a couple other options for a built in memory test, recovery boot, etc.

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[–] datjedi 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

what exactly is unity editor? never heard

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

I actually just switched last week as a result of this kerfuffle. Ubuntu was surprisingly easy to install (and disabling the Amazon lens was pretty straightforward). I typically use my home PC for games, email, and general browsing. Steam support for Linux is actually pretty good these days and I was able to get SpyParty running through Wine without much trouble.

I doubt that the majoirty of Windows users will jump ship over this privacy concerns, but it's not as difficult as most would imagine.