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[–] Lobotomy 1 points 14 points (+15|-1) ago  (edited ago)

Linux has been here the whole time. There is an alternative for every MSOffice product, and they're usually better anyway. Solitaire doesn't have ads on Linux. You can run Windows programs on Linux.

I develop for Unreal Engine 4, and I NEVER need to use Windows for anything. I can even build the game for Windows, on Linux.

If you REALLY need a Windows environment, run W7 in a VM or something. However, I have a sneaking suspicion that you actually don't.

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

Not sure the tablet would let me. Would have to get Linux running on it first the the VM.

The tablet isn't for games I have a whole separate computer for that. It's for reading and some video watching.

Did finally get it so I can move files to it. Will try it out in dialysis tomorrow. Anything to make the time go faster.

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

I didn't know it was a tablet. Is it a Surface?

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

go linux. open office works great. gimp is photoshop 5 years ago.

it takes a bit to learn, but when you have a giant software pool to pull from, and you can run windows apps in wine, well you should be good to go.

for beginners I recommend Mint Linux, an Ubuntu derivative, which means pretty much any answer for ubuntu works for mint. I now use Arch Linux, but it is harder to setup, but have had a machine running for years now without incident.

anything to get away from microsoft... because as hard as it is to imagine.. they aren't done making changes that benefit them, it is going to get worse... and worse... and worse...

but to many are too attached to the convience... if you call allowing yourself to have your privacy raped everyday.. those 'updates' is probably microsoft uploading your activities and deciding if you should be allowed to continue using their hardware.

just wait, you think facebook bans are bad, imagine when your computer shuts down because you look at something un-PC... you think i'm joking and I wish I was.

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

Running Mint now here on this desktop. Which is why when I go to the tablet I can't find anything. And I don't think I can put Linux on this tablet (no drivers for the touch screen that I know of)

I'd put Linux on it just so I could have control. This updating thing on Windows is just shitty.

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

if it is a microsoft surface... i don't think you can. those are disposable computers that microsoft went out of their way to make sure you couldn't put linux on it. i'm sure someone has, but prolly a pain in the ass.

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

imagine when your computer shuts down because you look at something un-PC

hmm, all of my systems would become doorstops...

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

I’ve got a windows 10 mid-update doorstop sitting in my office.

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

indeed. but that is the world I see microsoft going for.

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

And I'm told there is no way to turn that off.

OOSU https://www.oo-software.com/en/shutup10

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

If this works you are a scholar among men.

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

It works. I use it on my living room machine that is just a Steam box basically. Enable updates every 6 weeks or so and do them all manually. Also cuts off telemetry and other things if you want. .

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

Upgrade to pro and handle that manually

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

doesn't help much, they still force some updates on pro users

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[–] i_scream_trucks 1 points 1 points (+2|-1) ago 

So are the alternatives sadly.

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

I'm a Unix user. Have been for over 36 years.

Windows just sucks in comparison.

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

Until you want to do anything mildly fun

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

You can turn auto updates off. You just have to do it at the registry level. Plenty of tutorials online that show you how to do this. Being a system administrator, it got incredibly annoying, imaging fifty systems right after updating the Golden Master, and then every fucking one of those systems updating AGAIN right after deployment. It's cost us a fuck load of money on occasions, Windows will take a gigabyte update with no way to postpone.

The scarier thing I found, is that systems with windows 10 installed push massive amounts of data, EVEN WHEN POWERED OFF. It's called an s4 sleep state.. Essentially, when you power the fucker down, it never fully turns off unless you pull the power plug. Systems in this state were slowing our network down, and after pulling up Wireshark I was able to see that said systems are ALWAYS sending data. They're probably working over the entire contents of drives and sending an analysis of them off to Microsoft for more advanced targeted ads and so forth. The way I look at it, windows 10 is just one big data collection device. Most of the options changed in the quick menus will not be mirrored in control panel. Again, these things can be edited in registry, but doing so can introduce unseen issues into system behavior, which is a benefit/risk analysis in a production environment. All in all, don't use windows unless you have to. They're just another part of Big Brother. If you are intimidated about Linux, use something like Ubuntu. Comes pre-installed with office replacements and almost every peripheral device will be plug-and-play compatible. This isn't a decade ago where, unless you had the top 3 peripherals manufactured you were basically shit out of luck. EVERYTHING works in Linux these days. The one thing keeping us from moving to a complete Linux environment at work is its incompatibility with exchange server, which we rely on. There are plug ins for thunderbird but they're shaky and we require near 100 uptime.

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[–] 0011000100100111101 0 points 0 points (+0|-0) ago 

upgrade to windows 7 never look back.

linux is great until you corrupt the Root 5 times a day.

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