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    Ubuntu

    Ubuntu is a community developed, Linux-based operating system that is perfect for laptops, desktops and servers. It contains all the applications you need - a web...

    Open Source Linux

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    • Ubuntu is free of charge but you can support them by buying a cap, polo, shirt etc. It is a light OS, not buggy, no virus, a beautiful philosophy ! No spyware etc. You can remove the Amazon plugin with the Synaptic Manger linuxienNov 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • Similar to windows in philosohophy and features, good gateway distro Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Debian

    Debian is a free distribution of the GNU/Linux operating system. It is distributed with access to repositories containing thousands of software packages ready for...

    Open Source Linux BSD Self-Hosted

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    • Debian is one of the most stable operating systems ever built, and it supports alot of software Guest • Dec 2016 Disagree   Agree
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    Linux Mint

    Linux Mint is an elegant, easy to use, up to date and comfortable GNU/Linux desktop distribution. Linux Mint is an Ubuntu -based...

    Open Source Linux

    • Already fully supports UEFI SecureBoot, haves perfect user interface (Cinnamon, particularly), does not track every your breath, and, mostly important, it's FREE! Guest • May 2016 Disagree   Agree
    • It's free, open source, user-friendly, based on the LTS (stable) versions of Ubuntu but better, fully configurable and really fast and lightweight. Guest • Jan 2017 Disagree   Agree
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    Arch Linux

    Arch Linux is an independently developed, i686- and x86_64-optimised Linux distribution targeted at competent Linux users. It uses pacman, its home-grown package...

    Open Source Linux

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    Fedora

    The Fedora Project is an openly-developed project designed by Red Hat , open for general participation, led by a meritocracy, following a set of project objectives. The...

    Open Source Linux

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    macOS

    macOS is a Unix-based operating system developed and marketed by Apple Inc., Designed to run on Macintosh computers.

    Commercial Mac

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    Xubuntu

    Xubuntu is a lightweight variant of Ubuntu that uses the Xfce desktop environment, which is designed for low-powered computers. Whether you use it at home, at school...

    Open Source Linux Self-Hosted Debian

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    FreeBSD

    FreeBSD is an advanced operating system for x86 compatible (including Pentium® and Athlon™), amd64 compatible (including Opteron™, Athlon™64, and EM64T), ARM...

    Open Source BSD Self-Hosted

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    openSUSE

    openSUSE is a free and Linux-based operating system for your PC, Laptop or Server. The openSUSE distribution is a stable, easy to use and complete multi-purpose...

    Open Source Linux

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    ReactOS

    ReactOS is a free, modern operating system in alpha stage, based on the design of Windows XP/2003. Written completely from scratch, it aims to follow the Windows...

    Open Source Windows

    • ReactOS is not ready for daily use: it is unfortunately still in alpha. Guest • Jul 2015 Disagree   Agree

Windows 10 Comments

Beware it can expire and kill itself

Negative Comment by ChaosDrop
about Windows 10 Aug 2016

I did the free upgrade when it first started form windows 7 pro retail and last week the computer I was using it on which is a secondary I rarely use killed itself, or well MS killed it. I didn't use it for a month and a half turned it on got a treating message saying that the "build" had expired (I'm using stable not Insider) and if the system wasn't updated it would shut itself off every couple hours and then stop working all together... It followed through with these threats. I was unable to run the update and it simply failed each time half way through I tired a dozen times and then by the end of the week just as the message said it just booted to a screen that more or less said to reformat the system. So consider this a warning do not use windows 10 on a system that isn't used for long spans of time.

Today I reinstalled windows 7 on the system and thus ends my venture into windows 10. I was mainly keeping it on the secondary computer to check out every once in a while to see how it improved as it updated... Overall you could say I'm very much not impressed.

I've been using Manjaro Linux as my main for some time now and am getting quite comfortable in Linux. Truly I think it's the way of the future at this point and is what I plan on teaching my kids. Windows was my childhood so it dose make me sad to see it go this way, but truly all the best jobs are in Linux, and even as a home OS once you get use to it over windows it's actually quite a bit less stressful.

I'm a mid-core gamer and was pretty iffy going into Linux, but have sense realized that if you are not dead set on playing EVERYTHING everyone is talking about then you will find you have far more then enough very high quality games. As an artist I have found that all my art programs run just fine under a VM, computers are powerful enough now days that even well working on a banner sized painting you just don't notice the system overhead of running a striped down windows XP 64-bit VM. Yes I find XP to be the best windows for VMing for windows programs it is still supported by nearly everything that's not a web browser, you don't want it connected to the internet so no security risk, and you can strip it down to next to nothing.

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Not for laptops -1 Helpful

Negative Comment by AdrienV
about Windows 10 Apr 2016

This OS gives regular and ponctual LAG (latency peak for 2 seconds...) in online games...

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Better than 8.1, yet still needs work. 2 Helpful

Comment by thornecamila
about Windows 10 Mar 2016

I want to be a fan for Win10 (after 8.1, I really needed the upgrade) but I can't overlook the things which are bugging me. It is a very heavy OS and makes me computer slow down a bit, and tries to take decisions for me. Automatic updates are a pain and the fact that the apps cannot be placed in the main screen is a little ridiculous (calendar and weather used to be on my desktop, would like that possibility to return). Don't even get me started on the lack of privacy this OS has...

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Spyware 4 Helpful

Negative Comment by northar
about Windows 10 Jan 2016

Who in their right mind would use this OS. Spyware (hi NSA), shitty dos, doesnt respect other bootloaders etc etc.

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Best OS ever :) -5 Helpful

Positive Comment by Dustter
about Windows 10 Jan 2016

Best OS ever :)

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Not Ready to move to W10

Negative Comment by srgg01
about Windows 10 Nov 2015

Its still same as W8

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Classic Shell should be integrated, many disadvantages 1 Helpful

Negative Comment by em4020
about Windows 10 and Classic Shell Aug 2015

Many Disadvantages of Windows 10:

  • The start-menu of Windows 10 is unusable. If You install Classic Shell you have the very good start-menu from Windows 7 with printers and autostart group again
  • I miss the autostart group in the start-menu of Windows 10 without "Classic Shell"
  • In Windows 10 I cannot change the name of the local "OneDrive"-Folder to "OD" to avoid very long path-names, in Windows 8.1 I could
  • I had to reinstall SafeSync for Enterprise from a msi-Setup-File after Upgrading from Win 8.1 to Win 10 64bit Home, all other programs worked again without new installation
  • I would never use Edge instead of the better Firefox portable, because Edge has no plug-ins or add-ons: In the add-ons it currently looks rather poor. Microsoft has been announced that there will be extensions, and that even the existing add-ons for other browsers will work in Edge. When this will be the case, however, is not certain.
  • Windows 10 has so many disadvantages, that it is necessary to integrate a Uservoice-Feedback-platform, where users can suggest and vote about ideas to improve Windows 10. I miss an integrated Uservoice-Feedback-platform in Windows 10.
  • It is annoing, that the Windows-10-UAC asks everytime, when I open a portable app, if this app is secure. I miss a setting, where I only one time can declare a new portable app as "secure". I do not like apps, which must be installed, I prefer Liberkey portable apps.
  • Network-Drives defined with SUBST are not visible in many apps and dialogs in Windows 10. This is annoing, because I use "Index Your Files" portable (IYF) for searching files in big networks with SUBST-drive-letters instead of long network-paths.

Advantage of Windows 10 compared with Windows 8.1

  • Symbols of programs in the task-bar, which are opened, are underlined now in white. So it is easier to avoid second instances of apps and programs.
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A commercial trojan 4 Helpful

Negative Comment by Azrael
about Windows 10 Aug 2015

If you want to assist the US government in its quest for world domination or if you need a technological superego that constantly checks, watches and profiles everything you do and reports all of your activity to malicious institutions, then this trojan disguised as an operating system is the perfect choice for you. All others who still understand what freedom means should seriously consider switching to alternatives or stick with older versions of Windows (beware of the telemetry and spyware updates for Win7/8).

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Still not Moving to 8 or 10...

Comment by realnabarl
about Windows 10 and Windows 8, Windows 7 Jan 2015

I like the UI of Windows 7. Windows 8 and 10 use Metro UI, which looks quite boring.

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No use for it.

Negative Comment by gungnam
about Windows 10 and Debian Dec 2014

I keep returning to Debian, over and over.
The fact how much binary applications are available.
The fact that they are rolling and acceptably stable (testing).
The fact, how easy to update and how easy packages are available.
It sure lacks graphical tools here and there, but with projects like Sparky and LMDE - its solved.

Ah, yes, not using any windows since Vista. Especially when they recently captured Nokia, destroyed it by Elop Burning platform speech, and now they attempt to bury the brand totally - they try to call Lumia a windows phone. No sign of "Nokia".

This is their way of doing business. It always was since ages. Even if one looks at OpenGL and DX, even all way back to Gary Kildall NDA lie and then murder.

Started my carrier with MSDos5.0 and windows 3.11 by the way.

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Windows 10

Negative Comment by deriidf
about Windows 10 and Ubuntu Dec 2014

I'm waiting Ubuntu 15.10

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