Why you should replace Windows 7 with Linux


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    @nielsrasmus With which DE?



  • Ubuntu is not a functional equivalent to Windows anything. Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop environment is a much closer approximation and has useful features that are missing from Ubuntu/GNOME3. Nobody who is a casual user is going to like Ubuntu after being entrenched in Windows's design philosophy.


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    @AMDphreak, I think KDE got pretty close on their desktops. At least I found Kubuntu (19.04) quite similar to Windows, an elegant UI and a simple use.
    Ubuntu that I used before, did not convince me at all, I found it quite rough and unstable, with a quite conflicting Compiz that left me twice without a desktop, at least in the version of that time.



  • @Catweazle One of the reasons I like Q4OS is that their default desktop is TDE. TDE is a fork of the KDE 3.x desktop. This was before the redesign of KDE 4, which, from my opinion, turned it from a fast, responsive, and easy to configure desktop, into a frustratingly, slow and sluggish desktop.

    I think TDE is as close to the classic XP desktop as I've ever seen on Linux, which is probably why Q4OS uses it. It makes it easier for the Windows converts, I think.


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    @dbouley , from what I have seen, it is certainly a good alternative for Windows users with a computer with few system resources. I have not tried it and I have to focus on the screenshots of Q4OS, which I think are very reminiscent of the XP and certainly more elegant than the UI of other small distros. I think therefore that for a netbook or tablet it would be a very suitable OS to replace Windows, without complicating too much the life.
    Kubuntu is also a good substitute, although not so much for devices as those mentioned, it already requires a not so basic PC, to run smoothly.



  • @folgore101:
    I'm running Cinnamon 4.2.4 here. It really have improved greatly the last couple of years. It works flawlessly, is speedy and have all the features i want.
    It's the only DE I would recommend right now.
    /Niels


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    @AMDphreak said in Why you should replace Windows 7 with Linux:

    Ubuntu is not a functional equivalent to Windows anything. Linux Mint's Cinnamon desktop environment is a much closer approximation and has useful features that are missing from Ubuntu/GNOME3. Nobody who is a casual user is going to like Ubuntu after being entrenched in Windows's design philosophy.

    agree generic ubumtu is not worth the bother if you're just coming from windows. if you're a newbe to linux cinnamon is a great disto to ween yourself off of windows.

    @Catweazle said in Why you should replace Windows 7 with Linux:

    @AMDphreak, I think KDE got pretty close on their desktops. At least I found Kubuntu (19.04) quite similar to Windows, an elegant UI and a simple use.
    Ubuntu that I used before, did not convince me at all, I found it quite rough and unstable, with a quite conflicting Compiz that left me twice without a desktop, at least in the version of that time.

    i gave up on kununtu cause of items they removed from their ubuntu base., and the billion different ways you have to install the software you want. i've gone to manjaro kde and except for one item everything i wanted i found through their software center.



  • Started using Linux a while ago, even before using Vivaldi. Solus is a really good distribution, very stable, but very few applications in the repository by default. You have to use the third party repo and Linux Mint is good for five whole years of support, they have equivalent repos with Ubuntu and even more as Linux Mint's dev team work to support Mint even after Ubuntu has moved on to something shiny and new. Linux is indeed lighter in most cases, but A fun one to try on old systems is Puppy Linux found at puppylinux.com The forums there support people running versions that span all the way back to tahrpup a version built from scratch, but package-wise based losely on Ubuntu 14.04.



  • @mossman: Puppy Linux has that but Vivaldi is offered as a community maintained package and the whole thing runs off of RAM so no installation. You can save your documents to it via a save file which is persistant volume.



  • As for system requirements, 1 GHz processor and 1 GB RAM is enough for Linux, but not enough for up-to-date sites and browsers 😉


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    @d_A_y_x , That the minimum requirements grows over the years, unfortunately it is inevitable.I don't know if there is something equivalent to a Windows function in Linux, which is called Ready Boost and allows you to expand the RAM using a flash drive. This would then be the only possibility, if the PC is too short of memory and you don't want to spend a lot on expanding a very old PC.


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    @nielsrasmus Thanks for the information, i've been trying Linux for a while now and maybe during the Christmas holidays i'll try it.



  • @dbouley I have no devices running under 8GB of RAM, I use a full desktop wherever I go. 🙂



  • @paul1149 What is so bad about Solus?



  • @VeilofMaya What would you say is missing in the Solus repo and what did you need from a 3rd party repository?



  • @Catweazle I think even with the slowest hard drive you'd be better off with a swap file than a USB drive.


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    @justinzobel, this will have a better effect on Linux, but increasing Swap on Windows, although also possible, is not as efficient as doing it with a flashdrive. Although naturally it is not as fast as RAM, but rather more than an HD. With Ready Boost you can increase the yield by almost 10%



  • @justinzobel said in Why you should replace Windows 7 with Linux:

    @paul1149 What is so bad about Solus?

    Solus is good, but I found it buggy. It wouldn't take my Dvorak keyboard layout for instance. I also think the installer is inferior to MX. I would say give it more time.



  • @paul1149 What did you find buggy?



  • And as expected the discussion descends into everyone and his dog's favourite distros, workarounds, issues and... No consensus or clear advice for newbies. Ha ha ha! 😆


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