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5 hours to access an NTFS partition? wow. mount -t ntfs-3g the sucker.
Never buy a mac! Ever!
Take a look at the new VirtualBox beta. Has OpenGL and DirectX support.
I've been bouncing back and forth between my Windows XP install and Linux Ubuntu install. At times I have exclusively used one or the other on my PC. Both have their merits (remember there is no one golden answer to what OS should be used) but for home desktop systems, I wouldn't recommend Linux.
I ended up using Windows XP as Linux suffered more errors and bugs and required more workarounds then Windows. These are examples of problems I had with Linux:
- Sound failed without warning and soudn effects refused to work when it did.
- Took days to get Steam, City of Heroes and World of Warcraft running (ironically WINE didn't work so I ended up paying a subscription to Transgaming to use Cedega that worked considerably better).
- Some bugs still existed in the games that didn't exist in Windows, even if Cedega cut a significant amount out.
- I had the urge to play some games, install them, no luck. Foudn this with SimCity and Dawn of War.
- Creative ZEN MP3 Player fails to connect.
- DVDs did not work, even with VLC.
- My printer wasn't compatible either.
- nVidia drivers required me to set low levels of anti-aliasing and manually enable it each reboot
- Most Linux applications looked archaic and/or terrible in layout and design compared to Windows applications.
And probably more.
The trouble unless your in the know about what applications to use, it becomes very hard if not impossible to get a functional "do anything" machine that makes up a home desktop. For servers and business use for particular tasks I expect it is very good. But a home desktop requires a very flexible machine capable of making things "just work." But it starts with using a Windows install for one thing because Linux can't do it or makes a pigs ear of it and before you know it, there is no point using the Linux install. Why reboot and swap OS all the time when Windows does what Linux can do on a home desktop but is more reliable and can do more?
For the record, I'd love to use Linux. No Antivirus worries, customisable, etc. But I found it much less stable then Windows where I could play any game I wanted with less bugs and much much nicer graphics with higher FPS.
Last edited by CAM; 22nd June 2009 at 01:39 PM.
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