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While we're waiting for a formal survey to be developed:

My primary machine is a Sony Vaio laptop with Windows 7, used for both home and work. While I have a UNIX background and would be willing to experiment with LINUX, there is software I need for work that comes in Windows or Windows. (Windows is, however, the only thing for which Microsoft gets a dime of my money.)

I have four older computers, as well: two laptops and two desktops. The desktop that is in anything resembling use runs Windows 2000, the newer laptop has Windows XP, and the other two have Windows NT. None of these is connected to the Internet and I keep them around (a) out of habit, (b) because the upgrades to some of my favorite games are actually retrogrades, and (c) I some have old software that I like but can't justify paying to upgrade -- it's just for my own use, so compatibility isn't an issue.

I'll never buy Apple equipment simply because I'm allergic to proprietary hardware! Software is bad enough.

Just so you know where I'm coming from: I had about 35 years in IT before getting laid off from my position as Quality Manager for a software company (and my understanding is that they've ever since regretted dismantling the Quality Department). I now have my own accounting practice, so I'm much more a user than a techie though I can still do logical design with the best of them (I also spent time as a data modeler, as well as the usual programming gigs). As a user, I'm less likely to be willing to put the time into learning the technicalities of newer tech stuff.

Dave Liesse

On 7/18/2015 18:25, 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 choice?

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 
• 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.

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