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       Wow, you're survey has me interested;
           and I'm quite amazed at the results which have been posted so
far ...

       [see my responses intermingled below in your query]

From: James E Lang <>
Date: Sat, Jul 18, 2015 at 8:25 PM
Subject: [libreoffice-users] [OT] Operating Environment Survey

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?

       [I've considered switching to Linux or Ubuntu; but need someone to
guide me along the way  ;-)]

To set the tone, here are my answers:

• I am retired so "at work" is not applicable

          although I noticed when I became semi-retired, I was busier -
         now I'm really busier; I have piles of data to look o'er yet ne'er
seem to have the time to so do]

• 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.

       [wow, how do you use so many computers;
           I still have the last desktop computer (MSFT), still hooked to
the 3-in-1 printer (non-functioning) - switched to laptops (MSFT, WIN 7);
           and hand-held ACER (MSFT)]

• 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).

       [single-player gaming ? - curiously wondering how anyone has time
for games on these machines?]

• 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.

       [curiously wondering what all that is?]

• If I had a tablet computer that I thought could support my Linux usage
it, too, would run Kubuntu Linux, LO, etc.

       [so are those programs too large for laptops, ...;
           I'm sold on the laptop as a WIN-WIN situation: (1) if the
electricity pops off, the battery allows whatever not to be lost; (2) it's
portable for maintenance as well as presenting programs, 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.

       [my first computer was that Apple 2E; which continually had problems]

• Dual boot capabilities are seldom used to deviate from the above

       [wow, you mean you run all your computers at once?]

• The BSODs on Windows influenced my initial adoption of Linux.

       [BSODs ???]


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