The real problem for many people is the hardware and software needs.
I still have some USB hardware that does not work on Linux. No
Then there is the problem of having to use certain software, for
work or pleasure, that you either cannot find a good Linux
alternative or you MUST use. There is the option of WINE, but some
software seems not to want to work under that. Personally, I have
never gotten WINE to work for me, but that is just me.
I made a personal choice and used Ubuntu when I bought my last
"default" desktop. I had to adjust to some of the software though.
I still have the Windows laptops [single or dual boot] to deal with
the need Windows software. My Epson printer prints on DVD media,
but I have not found any replacement for its Windows software to do
that work. There is a graphic program that I bought for Windows
that works much easier that GIMP, so if I have trouble with an
image/graphics, I need to work on it with that Windows software.
BUT, most most of the work I do, Ubuntu and the free software for it
works for me.
So, even though I use Ubuntu as my default system, I still need to
keep Windows around for those things that I cannot find drivers and
software version for in Linux.
Even version of Linux differ.
The scanning part of my Epson printer does not work at all with
Ubuntu 10.04, but will work on 12.04. I updated the software and
drivers I use for it on my 10.04 system, but still not luck.
Something in 12.04 makes it work that I seem not to be able to get
On 07/24/2012 08:37 AM, Tom Davies wrote:
Virtualisation is good but if it's a question of drivers for a
particular piece of hardware then it might not work. It might, but
it if the underlaying OS can't see it then i don't see how the
virtual machine that is sitting on top of that OS is supposed to
It is possible to use emulators or even better is WINE (stands for
"Wine Is Not an Emulator") but that is a lot more sophisticated and
hence slightly harder to set-up initially for some programs.
The worst way around is to have a Gnu&Linux in a virtual machine on
Windows because then the stability of the unix-based systems is
sitting on top of the flakiness of Windows so you end-up adding the
worst of each OS. A dual-boot means each is directly on bare metal
so it gives a fair comparison. Windows inside a virtual machine
inside Gnu&Linux sounds like it's going to be ver stable too.
Ubuntu and Puppy and possibly a few others have a magic way of
installing inside Windows. It avoids 1 of the layers between
bare-metal and the OS because it avoids the virtual machine bit.
The Ubuntu magic way is called the "Wubi". Again you are adding the
worst of each OS and in addition the "drives" are really compressed
files but it's fast and easy to install and many people keep using
such things for years with no problems. Obviously it's not made by
Microsoft and so every once in a while someone has troubles with
Windows trying to reject it but that is fairly rare. We used to
get about 1 question per month that was specifically about the Wubi
and solved by moving to a dual-boot.
So, there are tons of different ways of avoiding wiping Windows and
that seems to be the best way to make the migration much more
gentle and less stressful. Throwing yourself to the lions is the
fastest way to learn to deal with lions (or die) but there is no
real need to create so much stress.
--- On Tue, 24/7/12, Simon Cropper
From: Simon Cropper <email@example.com>
Subject: Re: [libreoffice-users] Migrating from Windows; take it slow
Date: Tuesday, 24 July, 2012, 11:05
On 24/07/12 19:36, Keith Bainbridge wrote:
On Sun, 22 Jul 2012 13:41:59 -0400 webmaster-Kracked_P_P
Anyone who really wants to learn how to use Linux as a replacement
for Windows, try dual booting a system if you do not have a spare
to try Linux with as its only OS.
The other option for the odd trip back to windows is virtualisation.
Mostly, you can tell the system to let windows use a device as if you
had booted into windows
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Visualization also has the added benefit of a shared clipboard and
able to work on the same data at the same time (well nearly).