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Old 28-01-2016, 18:16   #16
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Re: Win 10 vs LINUX

Originally Posted by Tupaia View Post
Firstly thanks for all the input..

The above is pretty good summary. The exception is that many newer machines (Win 7) use UEFI this is different from the traditional BIOS and this makes it quite difficult to dual boot and and Win 8 and 10 boot options make it even more difficult to dual boot or even run Linux from a USB stick.

My personal decision has been to reload Win 7 on all my machines that has proved simple and I have a copy of Linux on a stick that I will try out.
Try virtual machines...

This is my Linux work PC, however VirtualBox is also available for windows. Works best if you have at least 8Gb RAM onboard and the more processor cores the better, although I can run a virtual copy of XP easy enough (damn you Google Drive!) on my Panasonic ToughBook CF-19 which has a very modest processor and 2Gb RAM. And, yes that is Windows 3.11 running in the lower left!

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Old 28-01-2016, 18:42   #17
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Re: Win 10 vs LINUX

Here is another vote for Virtualbox. It has become incredibly stable and feature rich can mix and match any number of operating systems ... and it's free ... Hence there is no need anymore for dual booting, or for letting the needs of specific applications dictate how you boot your machine.

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Old 29-01-2016, 03:46   #18
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Re: Win 10 vs LINUX

Originally Posted by chris95040 View Post
Long story short- linux can be annoying and brittle. I'd use a mac, with OS-X, and VMWARE Fusion (cheap!) for anything that NEEDS windows. There are -zero- compatibilty issues with this rig, and since Os-x only needs to be validated on the small number of machines Apple makes, its almost guaranteed to be more stable.
I use MAC OS10 and when I need a windows application I use Wine, it is easy on resources and is not a virtual machine nor an emulator. Did I mention that it is free!

From their website; Wine (originally an acronym for "Wine Is Not an Emulator") is a compatibility layer capable of running Windows applications on several POSIX-compliant operating systems, such as Linux, Mac OSX, & BSD. Instead of simulating internal Windows logic like a virtual machine or emulator, Wine translates Windows API calls into POSIX calls on-the-fly, eliminating the performance and memory penalties of other methods and allowing you to cleanly integrate Windows applications into your desktop.
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Old 01-02-2016, 04:23   #19
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Re: Win 10 vs LINUX

I have run the boat on surplus old Thinkpads for the last ten years. Always under Linux of some sort as I read the Window EULA and I seem to remember some restrictions whenever running Medical and life depending apps. Currently we have Navigatrixs installed but maybe it will change due to the lack of maintainance updates. Newbies seem to enjoy Linux Mint the most, but I have several other lightweight flavors on dongles to try as well for next season. Then there's the matter of Android tablets running out on the helm, but that is a subject for another thread.

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