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QOTW: Do you use Linux as your primary operating system?

By   |  April 8, 2009

Question of the week: Some of us are lucky. We get to use Linux every day as our primary – or even our only – operating system. But many users are forced – or even choose – to use a different operating system throughout their work day and then switch to Linux once they have knocked off. Tell us which of these you use the most on an average day. And why not tell us why in the comments?




19 Responses to “QOTW: Do you use Linux as your primary operating system?”

  1. Gary
    April 8th, 2009 @ 1:53 pm

    I use Ubuntu (the 9.04 beta right now) as my primary OS, because it just works out of the box, no need AV protection and spyware protection and it does everything that is needed to work on a daily basis. I wouldn’t switch back to Windows at all.

  2. Walter
    April 8th, 2009 @ 2:25 pm

    There is (at least for me) absolutely no reason not to use Linux. As a developer, I can’t imagine working with another OS.

  3. Mpumelelo Msimanga
    April 8th, 2009 @ 2:33 pm

    I am a big fan of Linux but a few things prevent me using Linux full time:

    1. Outlook – I have to use Outlook at work and unless I choose to use the web based client I cannot connect to my work exchange server through Evolution (yes I have tried various hacks but none really worked for me). I look forward though to trying out the new Evolution on Gnome 2.26

    2. 3G – I connect to the net using my Nokia phone when at home. I have not been able to do this using Ubuntu 8.10.

    In the end I have to be content with using the Windows versions of the Open Source applications such as OpenOffice and Vlc.

    Mpumelelo Msimanga

  4. Ozbolt
    April 8th, 2009 @ 2:43 pm

    And I use it for the same reason. And to be smart in front of my school mates :).

  5. Shinger
    April 9th, 2009 @ 12:02 am

    Well i use linux Ubuntu 8.10 on daily basis, Like some other users if i would use windows i would take a step back in usability, be afraid of spyware, viruses, and one of the most important things Stability.

  6. Michael
    April 9th, 2009 @ 3:17 pm

    I use Ubuntu 8.10 as my only OS for embedded development for the past 8 months in a Windows only environment.
    Exchange emails done through the web interface or Outlook on Wine.
    Network mounts posed a problem in 8.04 but fixed in 8.10
    Everything else works lovely.

  7. Rob Dempster
    April 9th, 2009 @ 3:18 pm

    My computing signature is: Linux is not free, it is priceless!

    This has been the case since I switched from Windows NT to the Slackware distribution in 1993. I did so then as I had got tired of having to continuously pay for an upgrade to my desktop OS and various other tools.

    It would have been superb if my signature could have been: Linux is not only free, it is priceless and painless!

    Unfortunately the multimedia explosion has made living with Linux on the desktop a little tiring of late.

    I off to read the “Graphics on Linux: Eight great image image resources and tools” article.

  8. Dara
    April 9th, 2009 @ 3:58 pm

    @Gary: I also use the Ubuntu flavor GNU / Linux. I look forward to replacing the Linux kernel with the GNU/Hurd or some other GPLv3 alternative when they are ready.

  9. Phil
    April 9th, 2009 @ 3:59 pm

    I’m currently using Ubuntu 9.04 as the only installed OS on both my laptop and Desktop/Server at home. I’m taking a programming class that requires VB, so loaded XP up in VirtualBox and do what I have to, without dual-booting. I’m forced to use Windows at work because of some proprietary software that we use, but hopefully I’ll have a solution for that soon.

  10. Valentine Aaqil Mahmood
    April 9th, 2009 @ 4:37 pm

    I think those are stupid who do not use Linux :)

    I hope Linux spreads more in my country Pakistan !!!

  11. Len Silberman
    April 9th, 2009 @ 4:59 pm

    I use Windows primarily because all of my clients are on Windows and are not interested in changing. But I have Ubuntu 8.1 on one computer and love it. I am transferring my personal data to this machine and hope to build from there.

  12. Mark
    April 9th, 2009 @ 6:56 pm

    I use Windows at work all clients and Servers are Windows based. I have a single linux server setup used for moodle and a forum. I have also setup a web application using PHP/MySql etc I connect via putty or winscp. I have always dual booted with XP and Ubuntu 8.10. At home I only use Ubuntu 8.10.

  13. Renier
    April 9th, 2009 @ 11:21 pm

    Linux represents freedom to me. Windows is a cyberdictatorship.

  14. Shinger
    April 10th, 2009 @ 10:54 am


    Well through the years ive got allloooot of annoying problems with windows, But i wouldnt have hated if, it was stable, and those annoying problems with the only solutions of reinstalling windows. The problems take just TOOO MUCH time to solve.

    The Thing that im most angry about it, is that you pay for a product and then expect something that none of the other Free products can compete.

  15. Dominic White
    April 11th, 2009 @ 3:32 pm

    Used to use Linux full time when an academic. Since moving to the corporate world I was forced to use windows for tools like Outlook and Word. Have since shelled out the small amount for crossover office and spent some time getting business critical apps working. It’s working like a charm, and I have several envious colleagues.

  16. Everett Hutchinson
    April 12th, 2009 @ 3:57 am

    I use Ubuntu with a liberal sprinkling of KDE–exclusively.

    Several times I tried dual booting my Win XP. I would always slip back to the familiar and pretty soon I’d find myself taking back the disk space.

    Finally, I promised myself, “When the warranty on my Lenovo T61 expires that’s it.”

    The day it expired I partitioned the HDD using my freshly minted Canonical Live CD of Hardy.

    I thought I was pretty safe, my wife, just across the office is breaking in a Core i7 machine. I’m pretty safe. I haven’t used it once except to help her with the transition from an old computer.

    Have I missed anything, “Yes,” I’ve missed the familiarity of knowing about, “Under the hood.” It’s really tough not knowing a damn thing and having to learn it from scratch every day. I found a rich cache today. 10 books everyone should know about. I’m guessing those downloads will help a great deal, if I can ever remember where they went??
    Another example, I avoided the Command” line in WinXP. There’s no good way to ignore the “Terminal” in Ubuntu.

    I would like to see a “Sidebar” in your blog for a while where people can tell their stories.

    Glad to be among you,


  17. Alastair Otter
    April 13th, 2009 @ 7:31 am

    @Everett Hutchinson
    I like the idea of a place for people to tell their own stories. Thanks for the idea.

  18. Lunamystry
    April 13th, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    I use Ubuntu Linux on my Netbook and my desktop.

  19. howard shippin
    April 17th, 2009 @ 8:56 am

    I use an HP laptop at work and at home, and had dual boot Ubuntu / Vista. I tended it to use Vista more than the Ubuntu. A few weeks ago something went wrong with the Vista partition and it wouldn’t boot. HP’s rescue partition wouldn’t boot either. Since then I’ve been using only Ubuntu. I’m still not happy with the photo applications (and I think I’ve tried all of them, including the proprietary ones), nor with the video processing software (Kino is too basic, Kdenlive too crashy, and Cinelerra too complicated). And last time I tried to use Ubuntu with a multimedia projector I failed. Other than these problems, I’m fairly happy with Ubuntu.

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