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    @cwarchc That sounds interesting can you give a bit more info (not too technical) I have heard of Linux but know nothing about it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JHC View Post
    @cwarchc That sounds interesting can you give a bit more info (not too technical) I have heard of Linux but know nothing about it.
    Hi JHC,
    What do you want to know?
    I will say that I'm NOT a computer geek
    As a general view:
    Linux a few years ago was for geeks/nerds, as you had to program in something called "command line" (you still can do, and it's quite interesting
    However that later distributions (distro) have become much more user friendly
    They are open source, so you can get a version for free. I bought a copy, pre-loaded on a usb stick, for a couple of £'s
    On most of them you can run from a cd, or usb stick (without installing it) to see if you like it
    It is different from ms windows, however it's easy to learn, uses a graphic user interface (like windows)
    The software available is, mostly open source (read free) and readily available and is generally compatible with ms products (if you need it)
    It's very stable, I haven't had a system crash since I installed it, about 18 months ago.
    It's very good on older systems, and is pretty much plug and play
    If you would like anything else drop me a pm?

    ps. the version I'm using is called Linux Mint, but there are 100's of different ones.
    This one has good suport, and has a good interface
    I'm sold on it.
    Don't have to give my money to the man

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    Thanks Cc, that is a good explanation and 100% more than I knew previously.
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    I tried Linux a few years back, gave up when on trying to find a driver for my OKI colour laser; there was no driver listed, only a comment that the printer made a good paperweight! Said printer is still giving me great service, so for me Linux shot itself in the foot! I can appreciate the intentions behind Linux being free and accessible, but as well as the printer fiasco. a number of the apps I use won't run on it either.

    Added to which any learning curve at my age is not really a thing I look for.
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    That is usually the problem with freebees. I tried Open Office but went back to Microsoft.

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    Talking or freebees has anyone tried "Libre Office" it has been recommended to me from another forum, MS Works has been discontinued and I am told this is a good complete office suit.
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    I have Open Office, rarely use it these days, don't have cause to write letters, work on spreadsheets or make presentations. If I can't communicate by email, forums, land line phone or Skype I don't communicate!
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    Mike, unfortunately a lot of our relatives do not have computers so I do quite a bit of letter writing but that was not the reason for my inquiry.
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    Not heard of it Colin but re Linux, I was talking to a local IT man and he uses it and swears by it. He is specialising in it because not many people do and he can earn more money that way. Might be worth investigating although like Mike I am not sure if this dog might be too old.

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    It must need a bit of repairing then? Linux I mean
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    I think it is like any system, occassionally needs a tweak and protection from the actual user. My business partner habitually keeps over 2500 e mails, none of which are filed and some of which are quite large (film clips etc). This makes his computer unstable and he is constantly calling in the IT guys who make a fortune out of him. I have spent £200.00 in the last four years on my office machine because I try and look after it. Its like they say about cars - The most dangerous bit is the nut that holds the wheel.

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    Quite right teddy and a little knowledge is a dangerous thing, but I can now see the repair mans reasoning in that there wouldn't be a lot around that understand Linux so if he specialises he will in all probability have it to him self. even if as cwarchc says it don't go wrong much.
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    Linux doesn't go wrong very often.
    However, it's not always straightforward to get things working (especially if you are a "brainwashed" windoze user) Teddy's IT man is probably getting some programs to work on it?
    It's a lot better than it used to be, most software drivers are available, you could probably get that old printer working easily
    It's never too late to try something new.
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    The best thing is, that it's very cheap to try it

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    I am in Windows, unfortunately. I was OS/2 a few years back - well 20 + - and found it was extremely stable. It ran Win 3.11 10% faster than Win 3.11. Unfortunately, I earn quite a bit of extra money in a dbms that only runs on Windows. I have just finished a major upgrade to my 10 year old laptop to bring it up to Win 7. It is considerably faster than XP Pro SP 3 because I opted for the 64 bit version. It runs my XP only programs faster in a Virtual space, because the XP has been upgraded to 64 bit as well.

    If you are in Windows, the consensus is XP Pro or Win 7. T he upgrade from Win 8 is Win 7

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    I have been thinking of getting a new lap top but it seems Windows 8 is not popular and it is hard to find one with Win 7 but I am in no hurry, my desk top is Vista home 32bit and I would not want to repeat that experience again, although it is much better the last 2-3 months than ever before.
    This is interesting

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