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James E Lang schrieb am Sonntag, 19. Juli 2015 03:25:
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 also want to contribute to your topic:

At home and at job I work with and administrate several linux machines with 
For a few (in number) tasks at work we have some dedicated windows machines 
or virtual machines.
I favor KDE as desktop environment and LibreOffice integrates well with it 
under opensuse. I didn't find this with other linux distributions so far.

My computer experience began in the eigthies with a TI-99 home computer.
At university I met the first IBM compatibles XTs,ATs in the times of MS-DOS 
3.3 programming in gw-basic, turbo-pascal, dbase and using some standard 
At this times I really admired MS software that I got e.g. DOS, Word 5, 
Flight Simulator...

For my first own PC I chose DR-DOS as operating system, because it was far 
better as MS-DOS. (Most important was to save memory to be able to play wing 
I got a copy of GEM later as my first sight to a GUI.

At my first job in the early nineties I was responsible for all the (few) 
DOS PCs. At this time I supposedly had been one of the first users of 
StarWriter 2.0 the very predecessor of StarOffice/OpenOffice/LibreOffice not 
against MS Word but to replace WordStar.

Firstly the rise of Windows 3.0 did not concern me very much. It promised so 
much but it failed so often.

Then came OS/2 Warp, that had been technically far superior to Windows, that 
was able to perform real multitasking and even included windows. I used it 
mainly to develop a DOS database application for multiuser environment.

At my later job (up to now) I found contemporary windows 3.0 machines using 
standard software mainly of the lotus universe (AmiPro, 123, Approach,...).

With the first network I fit them up with Novell DOS 7, because MS-DOS and 
Windows weren't able to do this easily at this times.

Unhappily DR-DOS, Novell-DOS and OS/2 died away - not least by unfair 
sabotage actions by Microsoft. Since then I felt uncomfortable with them.

But Windows 95 and further versions weren't avoidable, I worked many years 
with them as main system.

Again unhappily Lotus was sold to IBM, the tough Lotus Smartsuite 
Applications became a dead end too.

In private life I re-explored OpenOffice Version 1 12 years ago. At job I 
gradually replaced Lotus SmartSuite with OpenOffice and now LibreOffice.

At the same time I discovered Linux as a valid alternative to this unfair 
managed and virussucking MS universe. I also gradually replaced Windows with 
Linux desktops at job featuring LibreOffice of course.

I stick to SuSE/opensuse since then, because it featured KDE, excellent 
german localization, YaST, ... and maybe Ubuntu was not on the way yet.

In my private life I willingly help friends in computer concerns, if ...
they willingly start out into the world of FOSS.

system: opensuse 13.2

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