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    Default Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    Hi,

    I have no intention of going back to that Windows 10 garbage of an operating system, but am curious if there are any other alternative operating systems people use? I cant say if I can have a mac operating system, as I think I need to rebuild a complete system that only support Mac devices? (I stand corrected)

    Any one got any suggestions?

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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    Any number of a thousand linux variations take your pick, I run both but still us WIn10 the most as it is still far more stable and can handle certain software that I cannot afford to replace and is windows only. I'm always surprised when people call Win10 rubbish as it has been the most stable and easy to use OS i have used.

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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    Linux MINT, easiest linux for a new user to get into IMHO and pre configured for most things.
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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    I run Xubuntu currently. Ubuntu & Debian based so pretty easy to use, lots of software/PPAs available (so you don't have to bother compiling it yourself)

    I chose XFCE because it feels a lot like Windows XP, which is my favourite.

    But there are about a million different desktop environments/GUIs to choose from, so just give them a try and see which one you like.

    Best thing about Linux is most can run from LiveCD/USB etc so you don't even have to bother installing them to test them out.
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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    Quote Originally Posted by dugimodo View Post
    Linux MINT, easiest linux for a new user to get into .
    This. Which is what I did.
    I asked, and I also looked at a lot of comparison sites too, viewed them, read the details about them and went with Mint.

    I have since installed it for a number of people, also wanting an alternative, and they were both pleased and surprised at how easy they found it to use and get used to.
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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    You only have one choice, some form of Linux.

    Good luck on finding real help when you need it, most of the linux forums lead you around the garden path and dont actually supply an answer.

    Sure there are a couple of Hardcore Linux users here, but theres only 1 or 2 that actually know what they are doing and are not always here. Others disappear and go very quiet when someone actually needs help.

    Legally you cant run a MAC OS on standard Hardware, you first have to alter the OS to allow it and good luck on finding support and getting it stable.

    As for W10, as gary points out its the most stable OS MS have put out, DONT believe me ?

    Look back before W8, XP and W7 -- How many posts were there about this not working that broken how do I repair what ever --HEAPS, now look at this forum and compare the same faults relating to W10 -- Theres next to none. As a business I can tell you theres very few repairs on the actual OS. Its mostly hardware failures and various other jobs these days. In the past I had a workshop with on average 2-10 PC 's a week repairing XP/ W7, these days its only upgrades or hardware repairs.

    People say W10 is hard and totally different -- I'll call BS on that - its some people to damn stupid to figure out minor things while others dont have any problems what so ever. There's an old saying technology can make people dumb - Its true, some more than others cant think to save themselves.
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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    Win10 , win7 . Both equally as good.

    The issues are not the OS itself.
    Its the malware, the failing hardware, the buggy software & drivers and the buggy Win updates(Both 7 & 10)
    The issues are also woefully underspecced or ancient hardware : so it runs like a pig. Thats the same with 98,XP,7,10

    Companies running dozens of Win7 PC's. Zero OS issues . Its because its treated as a tool not a toy
    They did have issues with hardware fails & malware & updates bugs . The OS itself. Zero issues .

    My home PC , running Win7 : zero OS issues. Zero.
    Win7 is plenty stable . Its everything around it causing issues ( incl updates ).

    Even Xp can be 100% stable. I had zero OS issues with that across many many years on my home PC , any issues were self inflicted. :-)
    Win95 : stable (can be) . From 1996 to 2016 running happily 24/7 onsite untill the hardware died ( A PC Direct machine, remember them )

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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    Troubleshooting Linux can be a pain indeed, especially if you're new. If you're a long-time Windows user, there's major differences you have to learn.

    I think distros like Mint, Ubuntu etc have come a long way in making things accessible, but it is still an operating system founded on D.I.Y. so needing the ability to figure things out yourself is still somewhat of a requirement if you get into trouble or wish to do something 'advanced'.

    However, I think most people, who basically just use their web browser 95% of the time, will not have much issue. Just install Linux, install the browser you like, and get on with it.
    I haven't had any big problem with Linux, only when I've tried to do advanced or silly things, then it gets tricky.

    I'm still learning but definitely trying to avoid Windows 10 as much as possible, mostly because I think it looks awful. I don't want my desktop computer to look like a Play-Skool toy where all the buttons are three inches wide.
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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    Quote Originally Posted by wainuitech View Post
    You only have one choice, some form of Linux.

    Good luck on finding real help when you need it, most of the linux forums lead you around the garden path and dont actually supply an answer.

    Sure there are a couple of Hardcore Linux users here, but theres only 1 or 2 that actually know what they are doing and are not always here. Others disappear and go very quiet when someone actually needs help.


    As for W10, as gary points out its the most stable OS MS have put out.

    People say W10 is hard and totally different -- I'll call BS on that - its some people to damn stupid to figure out minor things while others dont have any problems what so ever. There's an old saying technology can make people dumb - Its true, some more than others cant think to save themselves.
    As a user since home PCs were available (I made my first one which used Basic as the OS) I agree 100% with Wainui's comments.
    My current machine runs W10 Pro on the Insiders Fast Ring and is just getting better and better with each new inovation. As one of the older aged members of this forum I feel qualified to suggest that most problems with Win 10 are with the user not the OS.

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    Default Re: Any suggestions for another opperating system?

    I have a intel NUC I bought to use as a media player in the bedroom. It gets used for Netflix / Lightbox / internet browsing / and playing Audio & video files off my NAS over the local network.
    when I got it (August last year) I decided to try using Linux Mint and see how long it lasted until I got annoyed and went back to windows. Well I just changed to windows 10, but purely because Disney+ doesn't work on Linux. That's about 16 months before I ran into an issue.

    I also had a spare windows 10 key so changing didn't cost me anything, but I'd say for many users Linux is pretty good - until something like Disney+ comes along and ruins it. Incidentally that's an issue with the security settings Disney uses and I'm sure someone will eventually figure it out, but for now as far as I know it doesn't work.

    Some people have had a lot of problems with windows 10, some just don't like it. I think for most users though it's fast and stable, certainly for me across 4 different machines I've had no issues with it.
    Many people equate what they like with what is good, not necessarily the same thing. Depends how you define "garbage" If you just don't like it, why? might be possible to customise it to fix those things. If you want to abandon it because of problems you've had there's no guarantee the alternatives won't give you grief either.

    That said as pointed out by others Linux is free to try and easily run directly off the install disk without needing to install in most cases so there's no reason not to pick a few options and have a go, you might love it and you might not.
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