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May 09, 2013 1:32 pmWhat's your OS?#

Ken Hilving
I spent a couple of days converting some friends' systems from MS Windows to Linux Mint 14. The time came from finding and saving their actual data, and then bringing their hard drives back to a blank state (that's a lot of disk writing on a 1 Tbyte drive). The actual load and setup took about an hour.

This got me wondering what others are using as their OS. Are you using the same for home PC and business? Are you happy with the performance and costs?

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May 09, 2013 3:43 pmre: What's your OS?#

Lili Fuller
I use Windows XP and know I have to upgrade at some point, but I always experience pain with MS upgrades. I would love to become familiar with Linux Mint, but I'm wondering about the compatibility with certain programs, especially when using sites that do their development with MS tools. I've already dropped the use of MS Office tools and now use Open Systems equivalents from Oracle.

Also, what is the most popular OS in IT now? From what I've read, most employers expect proficiency with MS systems.

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May 09, 2013 10:50 pmre: re: What's your OS?#

Ken Hilving
Like most Linux distributions, Linux Mint can be run from a DVD or flash drive as a "test drive" before deciding to switch. It is also very compatible with dual boot setups, and the installer routine makes it easy to add Linux onto the hard drive without disrupting the existing OS provided there is sufficient space for both.

My personal preference once someone has decided to change is to use Kill*Disk (either the free version or the more extensive commercial version) after backing up all the user created files. Just remember to label a partition "/" before trying to load Linux so the installer has a boot partition to work with. SourceForge has a good free partitioning tool that makes this easy, although it can be done using the terminal window and command line entry.

Microsoft still dominates in the US, but Open Source is becoming common with IT engineers and support teams. Outlook is probably still the most used mail client. What is happening now is that Linux users are running Windows as a VM just so they can take advantage of the company email.

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