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    Windows Or Linux?

    Anyone here still using Windows 7, and do you have plans to upgrade to Windows 10, or possibly move on to Linux?

    Windows 7 is officially dead come next January.
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    Lessee.... I have a long running Win7 station downstairs, a Linux server, a 2nd Linux host for media services and a FreeBSD based firewall. 2 laptop, 1 dual booting Linux and Win8.1 (almost always running Linux,) and a 2nd laptop running Win10. The storage array appears to be running a Linux derivative, but that's nearly completely hidden from view.

    General rule is to run whatever OS runs your applications. I'm still going to have to keep some Windows around just for stuff that flat out will not run on Linux, even under an emulation layer.

    Re: Win7.... I may upgrade the Win7 host to Win10 at some point, but not in the immediate future.

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    This doesn't answer your question but I wish Apple would sell macOS licenses . for my taste, that would be awesome to be able to build a home-grown system and run macOS.

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    I just upgraded 2 more PCs from win7 to win10 two-weeks ago................that makes 1 linux, 6 win10, 1 win7 for me. I haven't touched my linux box for a couple years I bet.

    Windows 10 is OK, seems smooth but I don't know it all that well.
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    I'm torn between Windows 10 and Linux.

    Windows 10 has become a privacy nightmare of sorts, and moving up to an operating system that gives the end-user zero rights as far as what updates are installed doen't sit well with me, but I am very familiar with Windows, and I also have Windows-dependent software to consider.

    Is Microsoft on the verge of becoming another Google / Facebook type of enterprise?
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    Microsoft hit its high point with XP. I guess I should have put IMO in the first sentence. Windows 10 was developed in my opinion to be a one-size-fits-all for PC and mobile platforms. Unfortunately because it's trying to do both it doesn't do either one very well. as far as a privacy nightmare, well they're trying to compete and stay relevant with the likes of Google and such. Google's primary function is to gather information. After Windows XP they had some cool stuff like media center. But that was short-lived. Microsoft's goal now is to try and connect all of your devices together and make them work seamlessly. Something other companies have a head start on. with that said if they can get all of your devices to work seamlessly together then they can become an even bigger privacy nightmare. I have nothing against Microsoft, and this is all my opinion, but that's just how I see it.

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    I guess that didn't do anything to answer the original question. Windows 7 in my opinion is still relevant if you got the media center edition. Because with that you can use it with your home entertainment as a program guide and DVR. otherwise it's another version of Windows that will soon not be supported. I used to stay up-to-date on all the latest OS but I don't so much anymore. I have a couple Windows 10 computers and it's not my favorite OS. but to answer your question if you like Windows then Windows 10 is the one they're going to be back in for some time so it's probably the way to go. There's nothing wrong with Windows 7, and if you backup anything important then you can keep using it for quite some time. The problem in my mind is that if Windows 7 ever crashes on you and you have to restore then it will go back to a point where a lot of the restore will not work with anything because it hasn't been updated. And that's a pain in the butt.


    my advice is to backup externally anything that isn't important to you. Be at pictures documents or anything else that you don't want to lose. But that goes for any OS.

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    Been through the Linux thing with various distros but in my day to day life on a PC nothing fills the bill better than Windows (Windows 10 specifically) actually love Win 10. 7 was OK in many ways much like XP but I have found 10 to be stable, easy to use and flexible for my needs. I do get very early releases as well as I am on the Windows Insider group. I even had Windows 10 phones. Sadly MS has withdrawn from that market and it's too bad. In a phone environment comparing using it against Android (I am now up to Pie) and trying IOS I found Windows phone to be VERY fast, VERY easy and flexible, extremely easy to use and stable as well. Plus battery life on a Win 10 phone is incredible. My Win 10 phone(s) being able to go nearly a week between charge and with heavy use. My Galaxy S8 running Pie cannot get more than a half a day without sucking on a power supply, though that may be due to bloatware as I just bought my wife a Nokia 6.1 phone running Android One. Absolutely incredible phone. Blows away my Galaxy, battery life so much better, no garbage apps. Will be selling my Galaxy and buying a Nokia 7.1 for myself BTW

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    I'm ok with windows 10. I tried Linux at one point and just couldn't get the hang of it.
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    IMNSHO, the Linux desktop is a failure for John/Jane Q. AverageUser. There are far too many ways for it to go south, and leave you with nothing but a shell session capability. Don't get me wrong, I use X11 Windows *EVERYWHERE*, both in the office and at home, but I've also got 25+ years using it (anybody else remember DesqView?) Even current developers don't grok the environment. This stuff should be usable on current networking technologies, and a lot of it just plain fails as it chews up too much bandwidth. And my first experience with it was an HP-UX workstation remote booting on a shared 10mbps network segment. I have 1gbps connectivity to my house now.

    Servers? In general, there's no good reason to run a graphic front end. If you require X11 display services, run a virtual frame buffer.

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