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[–] Troll 11 points 84 points (+95|-11) ago 

Yes it can. Install one of a 1000 distributions of Linux or FreeBSD or OpenBSD or NetBSD and MS can eat a dick.

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[–] turdovski 44 points 35 points (+79|-44) ago 

Linux sucks though for the average user. I tried it, I really really really wanted it to work as I fucking hate windows spying.

My mouse has no drivers, so i can't reassign buttons or disable the mouse led. There were some weird ass commands you could try in terminal..but ... i don't have time for that.

The display drivers are fucked so my 144hz display couldn't display at that refresh rate.

I couldn't figure out how to control the fan speed on my laptop.

I have multiple monitors with different resolutions, so need a different dpi on each screen - which windows 10 allows you to do, couldn't figure out how to do it in ubuntu or mint.

Every single one of the things mentioned has an easy to use gui interface in windows, in linux you need to use the terminal. Yes linux is powerful and great, if you know how to use the terminal, which 99.999% of people don't want to and don't have time to learn.

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[–] tribblepuncher [S] 0 points 31 points (+31|-0) ago 

This depends on a lot of variables. Some hardware just plain sucks to use Linux on. Ironically it tends to do better when you're using slightly older stuff - often the most cutting-edge hardware won't have drivers updated for it yet. It also depends on the distro. For example, pure OSS advocates shun any proprietary drivers, but many distros include it anyway, and while the former is philosophically pure, the latter is more likely to support the hardware.

I have heard many stories of people who installed it for their mother/grandmother/other-technologically-disinterested relative and it worked fine. I believe them, but not every story is going to turn out that way.

All that said, I'd like to know precisely when you tried it. While driver problems are part of the nature of the beast, I have not heard of a mouse that was incompatible with Linux in decades.

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[–] luckyguy 0 points 5 points (+5|-0) ago  (edited ago)

You are using it beyond the average user. In windows when you want to do something different you are just as likely to run into trouble. The difference is that you've had time to figure it out on windows, and what you've settled with in your environment was effected by what was easy in windows. There were likely many times you struggled to get what you want in that environment. And possibly times you've even given up. Your experience with linux just happened to be doing that with multiple things at the same time dealing with it in an environment you aren't familiar with. Average users can use linux for average things and doing non-average things takes a little more work just as it would on windows. Windows and Linux both have their few not so average things that they've managed to make easy. You never know what your system might have become if you had been using linux the last 4 years.

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

then you can suffer with the rest of the windows "average users"

really? you cant turn off your mouse led?! SUCH A TRAVESTY.

"use the terminal, which 99.999% of people don't want to and don't have time to learn"or deal with your shitty "im so lazy that i need to have to be spoon fed" operating system :)

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

I like Linux a lot. I'd switch back to it on my laptop if I could use MS products on it. I use Outlook and OneDrive extensively between my three machines because it syncs so well, but Google tells me they're not really supported. My laptop is primarily used for school. LibreOffice doesn't support Mendeley (it says it does, but it doesn't) and my degree uses APA which is an absolute nightmare to format in LibreOffice, but a breeze in MSO.

Microsoft is really good at software but shit at operating systems.

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

You might be interested in Codeweavers Crossover office. I used it several years ago for a project, and it was quite impressive. Granted, that was quite some time ago so it may be nowhere near as good now, but it left an impression on me that's lasted that long, so you may want to give it a shot to try to run Word on Linux. Failing that, you might consider VirtualBox, which is actually pretty darn good.

Just a few options you might consider.