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BOP

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I downloaded Ubuntu many, many years ago, but never really got involved in it.

With the end of support for Windows 10 next year, as well as a general all-around fed-upness with Windows, any discussion to be had here on using Linux/Ubuntu?

For instance: I've used Mozilla Thunderbird and Open Office since probably MS Office 2010.

The only reason I used MS was because of the home use program through the DoD. I updated my wife's computer with 2013, and ended up removing it and installing Open Office, which she could hardly tell the difference, and it ran fine on her HP.

 
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Sneakers

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I just couldn't get into Unix, tried a few different flavors. While support for Wn10 may stop, it won't stop working. I'll probably just use 10 until this machine dies, and when I get a new one, worry then about what OS to use. If it weren't but for a very small handful of Win-based programs I use, Android would be Ok.

Ok, well just found that OpenOffice runs on Android. One down...
 

SamSpade

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Years ago, I experimented with different operating systems, but generally found my way back to Windows because it just worked so seamlessly with everything ELSE I needed to do, or use. If I got some add on device, if for some reason I needed a specific app or - say for example, my medical office wanted to set up a telehealth and they only used stuff specifically for Windows or Apple - and I'd be like - well I am glad I didn't ditch the old laptop.

Microsoft's STRENGTH isn't its quality, it's its ubiquity. Someone sends you a file with a weird extension or you need to do something in a hurry, chances are you can do it on an MS machine in seconds.

I think EVENTUALLY my computer needs will be so minimal, it won't matter what I use.
 
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I just couldn't get into Unix, tried a few different flavors. While support for Wn10 may stop, it won't stop working. I'll probably just use 10 until this machine dies, and when I get a new one, worry then about what OS to use. If it weren't but for a very small handful of Win-based programs I use, Android would be Ok.

Ok, well just found that OpenOffice runs on Android. One down...
Funny thing is, Unix (or Linux) is pretty much ALL I use, at my job. Since GUI interfaces are a bit clunky with my issued laptop and the working from home, most of my computer work is the old fashioned terminal and typing kind of work.

I just don't prefer to do things that way at home.
 
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HemiHauler

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I downloaded Ubuntu many, many years ago, but never really got involved in it.

With the end of support for Windows 10 next year, as well as a general all-around fed-upness with Windows, any discussion to be had here on using Linux/Ubuntu?

For instance: I've used Mozilla Thunderbird and Open Office since probably MS Office 2010.

The only reason I used MS was because of the home use program through the DoD. I updated my wife's computer with 2013, and ended up removing it and installing Open Office, which she could hardly tell the difference, and it ran fine on her HP.


Largely depends on the work you need to do, but very good chance you can make it work and be happy with the outcome.

OpenOffice is no more; you’ll likely want to take a look at LibreOffice.

Pretty much all Linux distributions will have a decent windowing system so you will have an interface you’re comfortable using. You’re also a mouse click away from a terminal if you need to dig in.

The network stack is robust and you should find support for WiFi easy to configure.

I’m a *BSD guy but use the same GNU tools available for all *nix platforms.

You can use a program called WINE (a bacronym for WINE is Not an Emulator) to run old Windows binaries you need to keep.

You’ll probably need to put some time into how you want to configure/lay down your filesystems. Shout if you need an assist.
 
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Sneakers

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Largely depends on the work you need to do, but very good chance you can make it work and be happy with the outcome.

OpenOffice is no more; you’ll likely want to take a look at LibreOffice.

Pretty much all Linux distributions will have a decent windowing system so you will have an interface you’re comfortable using. You’re also a mouse click away from a terminal if you need to dig in.

The network stack is robust and you should find support for WiFi easy to configure.

I’m a *BSD guy but use the same GNU tools available for all *nix platforms.

You can use a program called WINE (a bacronym for WINE is Not an Emulator) to run old Windows binaries you need to keep.

You’ll probably need to put some time into how you want to configure/lay down your filesystems. Shout if you need an assist.
Too much work at this point in my life. I was a Computer Systems Analyst for 30 years, but today I just want simplicity.
 

BOP

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Largely depends on the work you need to do, but very good chance you can make it work and be happy with the outcome.

OpenOffice is no more; you’ll likely want to take a look at LibreOffice.

Pretty much all Linux distributions will have a decent windowing system so you will have an interface you’re comfortable using. You’re also a mouse click away from a terminal if you need to dig in.

The network stack is robust and you should find support for WiFi easy to configure.

I’m a *BSD guy but use the same GNU tools available for all *nix platforms.

You can use a program called WINE (a bacronym for WINE is Not an Emulator) to run old Windows binaries you need to keep.

You’ll probably need to put some time into how you want to configure/lay down your filesystems. Shout if you need an assist.
Thanks, appreciate it.

I surf the internet; mostly youtube, and facsist book. I listen to Pandora and occasionally sirius/xm. Other than that, word documents and spreadsheets, which I basically use for passwords and "just-in-case" end-of-life stuff for whoever has to come in and deal with my after affects.

Yeah, videos and music, mostly, though. And google searches for terms I don't understand.

I'd like to play Fallout 4 and Skyrim on windows or anything that will play them, but hell, it's not the end of the world (heh!) if I don't. I don't even really play that much on xbox anymore. It's all about the mods, basically.

I am trying to get away from google and ms email, though. Right now, I don't need a key type setup, but something where they won't sell the contents of my emails would be good.
 

BOP

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Too much work at this point in my life. I was a Computer Systems Analyst for 30 years, but today I just want simplicity.
That was my now late wife. 20 years at that job, and then one day, it's like she turned all that knowledge and experience off, and never turned it back on.
 

BOP

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I just couldn't get into Unix, tried a few different flavors. While support for Wn10 may stop, it won't stop working. I'll probably just use 10 until this machine dies, and when I get a new one, worry then about what OS to use. If it weren't but for a very small handful of Win-based programs I use, Android would be Ok.

Ok, well just found that OpenOffice runs on Android. One down...
I'm trying to be proactive. Windows 7 was fine for everything I need. That was before MS started making it so you couldn't get rid of certain bloatware like Edge, and before they made updates mandatory.

Speaking of that, I doinked with the registry and turned off automatic downloads. Yeah, that lasted a few cycles until this morning. The aggravating thing is that everything slows down to a crawl when MS is having butt sex with my computer. This morning, after rebooting last night, I got the same old message that my computer needed to reboot out of sequence with my scheduled hours. So that only lasted a couple of cycles.

Oh, and I forget how old my computer is. A minimum of 10 years old. So there's that.
 

Sneakers

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I don't mid the updates as much anymore, used to pizz me off to no end. Between MS getting better about making sure the code actually works, and my installing an NVMe in place of the SSD (which is the best thing I've ever done to any of my PCs), the updates and reboots are fast and have been trouble-free.
 

HemiHauler

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I am trying to get away from google and ms email, though. Right now, I don't need a key type setup, but something where they won't sell the contents of my emails would be good.

I always recommend paying for email if you want guaranteed privacy — at least between you and your provider’s mail servers. You want encryption at rest with no backdoors for law enforcement so that the provider can’t comply with any otherwise lawful orders.
 
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Mozilla Thunderbird
I had been using this for years and years, until AOL made changes, and it could no longer talk to the AOL server (it was actually a Verizon email account, but Verizon sold off email to AOL which is now yahoo....). Never could get it to work and didn't want to use M$ products, so switched to Android.
 
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BOP

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Our company server/network is all Linux based and Mozilla Thunderbird is what we use for our email.
I wasn't thinking about when you were traveling, because the first thought that popped into mind was "don't you have an intercom?"

Sorry, I wasn't giving you a hard time about your size...er, the size of your company. Damn, that could be taken in a couple of different ways.

Check please!
 

BOP

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I had been using this for years and years, until AOL made changes, and it could no longer talk to the AOL server (it was actually a Verizon email account, but Verizon sold off email to AOL which is now yahoo....). Never could get it to work and didn't want to use M$ products, so switched to Android.
This is how out-of-touch I am...I didn't know AOHell was still around, and I certainly didn't know yahoo was now verizon. No wonder I'm getting so many spam emails.

I'm thinking about switching to Tor for both email and web browsing. Actually, I just downloaded the browser. Haven't set it up yet, because: procrastination.
 
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