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Microsoft 8 & why not

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  1. Bailey United Kingdom

    Bailey Well-Known Member

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    OK , I appreciate MS is not everyone's cup of tea. But, I've grown up with them since DOS days.

    Took the £25 upgrade offer tonight to Windows 8 pro from windows 7 home version (including disk at £8 and free multimedia package) And I'm impressed.

    Couple of hours letting MS do the upgrade business. (I accept next windows is for free) but now suddenly my spell checker/grammar automatically works in every window. Acorn, Facebook you name it. (that's a big and great time saver)

    And I only took the upgrade for the 'Enhanced' multi-monitor support - I don't have touchscreen.

    So far £25 well spent
     
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    The upgrade is supposedly available to anyone using anything from Vista onwards. But, the chipset/processor/bios checker will scare anyone off below a half decent current hardware system
     
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    Were did you see this offer mate I wouldn't mind having a look
     
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    If you had said you would be getting a new spelling/grammar checker, we would gladly have had a whip round to get you the money! I wonder if we will be able to make any sense of your posts now?
    I have W8 on a couple of machines, I like bits of it, but it is clearly built for touch screens. Office 2013 installed nicely on it, but I can't get that to install on a W7 machine, keeps failing.
    Regards
    Bruce
     
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    The laptop I'm using is on Vista (shame on you MicroSoft!) with the drive equivalent to a modern semi with the garage full of junk, the attic full of old clothes and every room full of tat. For the time to do a house clearance It'd be easier just to move house... metaphorically.

    I'll probably get a new one with W8 & migrate this one to a linux os like Ubuntu. I've heard decent things from it so long as you use the top end intel chip version.
     
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    I've run some form of Windows since version 1 and I'm actually thinking it is time to give up on Windows as my main desktop after seeing Win 8! Linux desktops seem to have matured a lot over the last few years, so I'm thinking Linux on the desktop and a VM for the few Windows apps I need. I guess the kids computers will stay on Windows, but they are all W7, so no need for update at the moment.

    Apple really ought to look at releasing MacOS X on the PC platform given that a Mac these days is using PC hardware and there's a thriving Hackintosh community already running MacOS on non Apple hardware.
     
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    Try Ubuntu, works well and it's free - http://www.ubuntu.com/

    Great interface, never crashes, loads of apps.

    You can install it and run it alongside Windows so you can try it before you switch.




     
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    I've been using Linux since the kernel was 0.9.something, so I'm well aware of the stability. I put a Linux system in a local office about 5 years ago, I went back in the summer for another job and the Linux box was still running strong (sadly I migrated the app to a Windows box as part of the consolidation job so the box is no more)

    Not sure which version I'll go with, Ubuntu is Debian based which I used for some time, I have a few Ubuntu systems running and also some CentOS. KVM works nicely in CentOS, may have to give it a try on Ubuntu - loads of decisions ahead :)
     
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    Have a browse through my distros.co.uk site for some snazzy ubuntu/debian offshoots. LinuxMint, peppermint, os4, kubuntu spring to mind.

    Windows is something I'll probably not be giving up in the near future, just for legacy needs & certain programs I'm familiar with. But for general & cloud use linux now has iCrap & Windows beat.

    And for server stuff the openStack integration with Ubuntu is opening a few doors for cloud hosting.
     
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