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Raghavendra Shockley
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I have win 7 "premium". Every now and then it freezes for a while displaying a 'not responding' message. Sometimes it freezes and a restart is required.
I am thinking of converting to a Mac. Linux is out of question, at least for the near future, because I don't want to end up spending more time doing nerdy stuff instead of my work.
Do you guys experience the same frustration with win ?




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Jan de Boer
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I guess you're talkng about your PC at home, otherwise you probably would not be able to choose your own OS right?

I dont have simular problems with windows 7. But I don't do much with the laptop from the office anyway, apart from working. It's just used for compiling program resource files.

(At home I have desktop, windows XP on a 6 year old computer I got from my dad.)
Jesper de Jong
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Raghavendra Shockley wrote:I have win 7 "premium". Every now and then it freezes for a while displaying a 'not responding' message. Sometimes it freezes and a restart is required.

Sounds like there might be a hardware problem with your computer. Windows doesn't just stop responding for fun, and certainly Windows 7 is quite stable.

Raghavendra Shockley wrote:Linux is out of question, at least for the near future, because I don't want to end up spending more time doing nerdy stuff instead of my work.

Have you ever tried Linux yourself or are you just repeating what you heard other people say? If you get a good, user-friendly Linux distro such as Ubuntu or Linux Mint you don't need to spend time doing "nerdy stuff"; it just works.

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Greg Charles
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I've heard good things about Windows 7, but haven't used it myself. That said, I'm a big fan of Macs. You get an easy user interface when that's what you want, and it's easy to drop into a Unix-based command environment when you want that.

I like the idea of Linux, but I disagree with Jesper. The last time I tried it was two years ago though, so maybe they've made improvements since then. I was using Ubuntu, and the installer was great, but setting up my environment took some undeniably "nerdy stuff", and it was still tough to some basic tasks like running a screen saver, playing music, or launching a program. I could do it, but my wife just could not figure it out. I chose KDE as my window manager, but I never really grokked the separation of responsibilities between it and X Windows, and Ubuntu didn't seem to understand it well either. I wanted to get some program, maybe it was Gimp, but it wanted to work under Gnome. I can't even remember how that worked. Did it force a switch in window managers? I remember it being messy and confusing. Anyway, about that time, I started using Macs at work, so bought a Mac Mini, and now I'm a Mac guy.

One good thing about Linux is that you wouldn't need a new machine. You wouldn't even need to wipe the one you're on. Just boot from disc and try it out. You might end up liking it more than I did.
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Greg Charles wrote:I like the idea of Linux, but I disagree with Jesper. The last time I tried it was two years ago though, so maybe they've made improvements since then.

Certainly.

Greg Charles wrote:I was using Ubuntu, and the installer was great, but setting up my environment took some undeniably "nerdy stuff", and it was still tough to some basic tasks like running a screen saver, playing music, or launching a program.

Running a screen saver is the same as on Windows. Just go into system settings (which you can find by clicking on your user name in the top right) and you'll get an OS X-like control panel. Click the "Display" properties and choose a screen saver. Playing music: Ubuntu comes with a music player app (Banshee). Launching a program: select it from the dash (which is a thing just like the bar with icons at the bottom of the screen in Mac OS X). Or click the icon at the top of the dash and search for the program. These things are all not more difficult than on other operating systems.
 
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