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Old 02-27-2019, 12:00 PM   #1
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I have a few Microsoft Store apps tiles my start gizmo. Several days ago some them went dim, and refused to launch. No big deal, I never used them anyway. I was keeping them there just-in-case. But, I decided to fix this and updated drivers for the connectivity ability of Windows. One stopped being dim, and I figured I'd try more later.

Next, they just simply disappeared. I tried to launch calculator with a shortcut I have and it was dead. So I went searching on the Internet and saw the usual trouble-shooting steps, which I don't feel like doing.

And here's the thing: why would I want to software that depend on connectivity to Microsoft. Other than Windows, which I'm sort of stuck with.

   
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andrew: why would I want to software that depend on connectivity to Microsoft. Other than Windows, which I'm sort of stuck with.
I've asked myself the same sort of question which is why I have never--and plan on never, ever--getting Windows 10...




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Old 03-01-2019, 06:42 AM   #3
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On the surface Windows 10 is quite good, but it comes with a big helping of annoyance. Which usually sets in right after you feel like you have got used to it.

You don't have to be stuck with Windows though. I am now free from it and wearing a different hat (it is a Fedora...)!

   
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UnWindows? U B Un too? ;-)

   
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That is so terrible it's fabulous...'-}}



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bo: I am now free from it and wearing a different hat (it is a Fedora...)!
Itis rakishly handsome...'-}}


First...my Linux knowledge is pretty small so, in simple terms, why did you choose Fedora over say, Mint or Ubuntu (I see what you did there, Steve...'-}}) or other flavors?




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As long as the software you want to use works it really doesn't matter which distribution you go with.

Ubuntu and all its derivatives (Mint is one of those) mostly work well. On some hardware more so than other. Dell sell computers with Ubuntu pre-installed, so there should be little in terms of issues with drivers etc. We just bought a Brother A3 printer. Installing the driver was just as easy as installing it on a Windows computer - only from the internet instead of a supplied disc.

Fedora (which is a part of the Red Hat family) works just right for me - one of the applications I use does not work on Ubuntu based distributions (Davinci Resolve, in case you want to know - yes it should only work on CentOS (the third family member), but it was easy to get it running on Fedora).

Using a Linux based OS is no different from switching between Windows and MacOS - there are some things to re-learn, but these days it doesn't have to be very technical. I've use a few different distributions over the years and never had to compile software from source code.

   
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bo: As long as the software you want to use works it really doesn't matter which distribution you go with.
Well...that's indeed the biggest sticking point to my moving to Linux--whatever clothing/flavor...'-}}


I want to be able to use Photoshop (and, no, not that Creative Cloud crap) and Corel Painter. While I would deeply miss WordPerfect (I use version 8), I could live with another wordprocessor. I'd also need drivers for my Epson 2450 scanner and my Epson 4000 printer. I've wondered whether a dual boot system--Linux and Win7--would be workable or using Win7 in a VM although I don't really know much about VM's.



I'm in the midst of (finally!) getting around to working with disk imaging software--Macrium Reflect is what I'm going to use initially--on my old desktop system. Once I get a good feel for that process, in addition to then using Macrium to image my current desktop system, I was thinking that I could image the Dell laptop (I use it as both a backup and testbed system) and then perhaps put some flavor of Linux on the Dell and see how it goes.


Have you ever worked with one of the Dell Ubuntu systems? Maybe I should look and see if there is one available at the Dell outlet and of course, see what the pricing is like...



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