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My most frequent OS migration path?

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Windows or OS X to Linux
  6523 votes / 29%
Linux or OS X to Windows
  855 votes / 3%
Windows or Linux to OS X
  3782 votes / 17%
Always used Windows
  3740 votes / 16%
Always used Linux
  2275 votes / 10%
Always used OS X
  1028 votes / 4%
You forgot BSD!
  1350 votes / 6%
My most frequent path? None of the above.
  2607 votes / 11%
22160 total votes.
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My most frequent OS migration path?

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  • My usual path (Score:4, Interesting)

    by EnsilZah (575600) <EnsilZah@Gmail. c o m> on Friday April 26, 2013 @09:32PM (#43563687)

    Over the years I've only ran Dos and Windows as my main OS.
    Every few years I install Linux in a dual-boot or in a VM, download all the updates, mess with config files, boot it up a couple more times, look at it with satisfaction and then go back to Windows because that's what runs most of the software that I use.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday April 26, 2013 @09:45PM (#43563771)

    About three or four years ago, I came home to an angry missus and a dead Vista box. Something had gotten into it, and I just couldn't get it out. So I made a pair of partitions and installed ubuntu temporarily. My lady accepted it off the bat, as all she needs is a firefox logo, and away she goes. I missed playing Torchlight. Days turned into weeks. I still cant clean that Vista install. She was happy, I missed Torchlight. I found Warzone 2100, i was happy and now she wondered where I was all night. A few more pages off the calendar, That Vista infection still eludes my occasional poking, but I find UFO : AI. Now i get up early, so i can storm the alien bases before work. Then i find WINE and my friend Torchlight comes back to me.

    Now, I enjoy only rebooting when i update the kernel, instead of daily crashes and lockups. I miss easy breezy windows software installs, I dread compiling from the command line, but find myself becoming increasingly literate with every venture into the dark empty terminal. I paid little attention to the Mainstream games, until i heard Steam had released a linux client. Yay.

    Still haven't exorcised that vista install though. Really dont care now.

  • None of the above: (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Hartree (191324) on Friday April 26, 2013 @10:00PM (#43563869)

    I just multi-boot everything.

    I've got one machine that has 5 different OSs/versions on it. Another one has swappable drives for 4 OSs. Two others are dual boot Linux and windows of some flavor.

    And an old 486 that I mostly use to play Master of Orion.

    Yes. I'm certifiable.

  • by ChefJeff789 (2020526) on Friday April 26, 2013 @10:46PM (#43564137)
    As an aeronautical engineer, I've pretty much consigned myself to just being a Windows user. All of the software I use at work is Windows-only stuff. At home it's simpler to operate in the same environment. I do like Linux, though; openSUSE has a special place in my heart after having installed it on an old run-down MacBook and I loved it as a backup. Call me lazy, but these days it's just easier to be a one-OS guy as far as computers go. I have more fun rooting Android or iOS devices and using them as controllers/streamers/emulators around the house.
  • Re:Tried linux (Score:5, Interesting)

    by mjm1231 (751545) on Saturday April 27, 2013 @07:05AM (#43566009)

    I find this very amusing. The current state of affairs, in my experience/opinion, is that most printers (the list of exceptions gets smaller and smaller all the time) and scanners are far far easier to install in Ubuntu than in Windows. As in, plug printer in (or search for it on network... the search results turn up faster and more accurate than in Windows too, btw) and by the time you put paper in the tray, it is ready to use. Compare this to the clickfest of installing HP drivers for Windows, a process which will add extra crapware such as browser toolbars if you aren't careful. And god forbid you turn the printer on in Windows before installing the drivers, as you will most likely have an incorrectly recognized and difficult to remove printer object which will now prevent you from installing the correct printer.

    Ease of printer setup is one of the main reasons NOT to use Windows.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Saturday April 27, 2013 @11:06AM (#43567365)
    Started on C64, moved to Amiga, moved to Linux, ended up on OSX.
  • Re:Dual boot (Score:4, Interesting)

    by Dr Max (1696200) on Sunday April 28, 2013 @06:36AM (#43572993)
    Games and autocad don't vm very well.
  • by smash (1351) on Sunday April 28, 2013 @11:09PM (#43577943) Homepage Journal

    In terms of PC style hardware, yup, same.

    Also, my default answer when asked "what computer should I buy?" these days is "Get a mac."

    Why? Because most people don't care about having ultra high end spec and have no idea what any of it means. They can't keep windows secure either.

    Sure, I could migrate them to Linux, but the software availaibility in terms of commercial supported stuff just isn't there, and they'd still need to play system integrator. I'd also end up becoming helpdesk.

    I just point them at, say "make sure you get at least 4GB of RAM and 128GB of disk or more" and they can pick whatever machine they like and have something reasonably sane.

    So far, 100% happy camper rate.

  • by mat8913 (2654467) on Monday April 29, 2013 @02:22AM (#43578537)
    For my 13th birthday I got a laptop and decided to try out Ubuntu on a virtual machine. I liked it, so I dual booted it with Windows 7. When I was 14, I replaced Ubuntu with Debian and got rid of the Windows partition. I'm now 15 years old and still happily using Debian. I didn't like libreoffice so I now write my assignments in Latex whenever possible. I still use Windows at school but most applications are cross-platform.

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