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On 07/18/2015 06:25 PM, James E Lang wrote:
The big discussion of Linux over the past 24+ hours has me wondering: What operating 
environment(s) do other members of this list use at home and at work? What factors influence the 

To set the tone, here are my answers:

• I am retired so "at work" is not applicable
• At home we have a desktop dual boot Windows XP (and Ubuntu Linux) computer, a laptop dual boot 
Kubuntu Linux (and pre-installed Windows Vista) computer and several other laptop, desktop, and 
dedicated server (Ubuntu Linux based) computers. I also have Android Lollipop, Android Kit Kat, 
and Android Jelly Bean tablets and phones. I have nothing from Apple.
• Windows XP is used primarily for single player gaming and e-Sword Bible software though it also 
is used to run LO, FireFox and Pegasus Mail (proprietary though free of cost).
• Kubuntu Linux is my general purpose "go to" environment. My first Linux system used what I 
believe was the penultimate marketed version from SuSE before the first release of Open SuSE. I 
liked the flexibility that was inherent in the KDE desktop environment and found the UI to be 
quite similar to that of Windows at the time. I have briefly tried Gnome and Unity desktop 
environments but KDE is my personal first choice.
• If I had a tablet computer that I thought could support my Linux usage it, too, would run 
Kubuntu Linux, LO, etc.
• Apple equipment is too expensive for me and from what I've heard about the company's software 
policies, they are too restrictive to suit me.
• Dual boot capabilities are seldom used to deviate from the above information.
• The BSODs on Windows influenced my initial adoption of Linux.

At work, I use Windows 7.

At home, I use Ubuntu Linux (64-bit) and have been a Linux devotee for
years.  I first switched from Windows XP to Slackware back in the late
1990s.  I installed Slackware 8 from CD and installed only the base
system and compiler.   Most everything else, I built from sources I
would download, including X11 (XFree86).  :)

I switched to Ubuntu around 7.04 to see what the Linux experience was
like without compiling everything all the time.  Now, I just don't have
the time to build everything from source to keep the system updated.


"The other" Tom

/When we dance, you have a way with me,
Stay with me... Sway with me.../

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