Operating system of choice

May 2008
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Okay, so. I'm surprised this one hasn't cropped up yet in a computing forum =)

So yeah, you heard me. Which operating system do you use? If you use more than one, just select your primary one and then elaborate in your reply =D If you're on Windows/Mac, then state your version. Linux users, state your distro.

I'm fairly split between Microsoft Windows Vista Ultimate and various Linux distros. I'm planning to switch full-time to Linux later this year, though, so I selected Linux as my OS of choice. I've tried Ubuntu, Kubuntu, Xubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Linux Mint, and sprinklings of sidux and Damn Small Linux. Still haven't decided which one fits me best though, haha. This summer I'm going to test-run some others as well, like Fedora and Debian. They all seem so awesome but I'm terribly minimalist so I don't want the bells and whistles of some of them.
 
Dec 2007
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If you're scared of bells and whistles, you can always try slackware. I would ahve liked slackware if I had had the motivation to really learn linux while I had it.

Anyway, the only computer I have active right now is running OSX; I like it a lot... at the very least it's pretty :D. At this point, the main benefit is Bash, and a few of the fancy toys (hot corners)... so really any computer running a unix

Anyway, I'll hopefully be setting up a fileserver running FreeBSD or RedHat this summer... or maybe Fedora, but that's basically the same as RedHat anyway... and I already have RedHat.
 
Dec 2007
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I've been thinking of a simple Ubuntu system for my next computer. I'm still looking for a good FTP client and a good primality proving program for Linux (primo is Windows-only as far as I know).

Oh, and a good LaTeX system (which one? there are lots in linux) would be useful. In Windows I use MiKTeX through Crimson Editor.
 
Dec 2007
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Would that there was less Mac-ickiness in the graphic design of Vista. :roll:
 
Dec 2007
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I'm still holding to my $500 Compaq M2000 and its Win XP Home Edition, but I've been willing to switch to Linux (Ubuntu); however, due to my poor knowledge of computer hardware, I haven't been able to even boot the installation CD. The reason why I want it so much is that I do some development on Unix platforms and most of the time I'd need to go get the corresponding windows tool when I work on my computer (like old C compilers which already come with Unix based OS). I tried other versions of Linux and OpenSolaris (Solaris 10) as well, but couldn't get it to work either.
Next time I buy a laptop, either there's Linux on it, or I don't buy.