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I spent nearly 30 years with IBM, looking after mainframe customers as a systems engineer. I was around at the time when Bill G. convinced IBM to go his way with regard to PCs. I still don't quite understand WHY our people let themselves get convinced - I suppose it was mostly a matter of Bill being an excellent salesman and not too many technically minded people around on the side of Big Blue. Another sad fact is that IBM did turn its back on StarOffice, when looking for something to compete with M$ Office. In any case - this is history! On the other hand, somehow it looks to me as if M$ is in a state similar to the one IBM was in around the mid

I run two computers, mainly for the administration of a traditional Austrian windband. - a Lenovo 4-Core system, running Debian 8, MySQL 5.5, PHP, Apache2, Owncloud, Libreoffice, Gimp ... it acts as a kind of server and backup for the Internet-based server of the band as well as of my Laptop - a Sony Laptop (2-core). I use dual boot, but 99 p.c. I boot to Mint 18.1 with KDE. It has all the necessary stuff for a desktop PC on it, including kdeconnect, used for sharing and backup with my Android phone (Xperia Z). On the laptop the second operating system (Windows 7) is only used for two things: - a flat bed scanner HP Scanjet G2710 (which is not supported well enough under Debian) and - my online banking system (ELBA) which is only supported under Windows. It has a lot more function than
    the version used through the browser and it is also more secure...

Actually I think that there has to be better support for "mission-critical", administrative software to REALLY
make Linux viable for "the man/woman of the road"....

In any case, I have used Linux for some 15 years now and wouldn't DREAM of ever switching to either Apple
or - least of all - M$.

Regards from a very hot Salzburg/Austria
H. Stoellinger

Am 2015-07-22 um 17:12 schrieb Tim Deaton:
On 7/18/2015 9:25 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 choice?

I'm definitely in the minority of responders so far, as I only have one pc, a 6-year-old home desktop running Windows 7. My intentions at this time are to upgrade to Win 10 after it's been out 10-11 months (since it's free), depending on how things look then.

I use both LO (mainly Writer & some Calc) and MS Office 2003 (mainly Excel, with 2 self-built Access applications).

From the responses I've seen so far (including my own) the breakdown of preferred Operating Systems seems to be:
   15  some flavor of Linux, led by:
      4 OpenSUSE
      3 Linux Mint
      3 Ubuntu
   4 Windows 7
   1 Mac

-- Tim Deaton

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