QOTD: Have You Replaced Windows with Linux?

Like many here that read Tom's Hardware, we've all been using Windows for a long, long time. Myself, I have been using Windows since version 2.

Windows has gone through incredible changes since the early days. It's now capable of so much more than it could have done a decade ago. Remember Windows 95? That was one of the biggest operating system launches in history. I remember flying into Toronto and seeing a huge, long banner draped from the top of the CN Tower down to the street advertising Windows 95. Those were the days.

Times changes a lot of things, and it definitely changes the computing landscape. These days, there are so many good choices to use--particularly in the Linux space. One of the most popular distros is Ubuntu, and many are using that in a dual boot configuration accompanied by a Windows side-install. Despite some of its shortcomings, Windows has a nearly untouchable advantage with its hardware and application support--yes, this includes games.

There are many users out there however, who feel that they belong on a Linux installation. Whether it's for the sheer aspect of "power-using" a PC with a Linux-OS' comparability or just to try something new, Linux operating systems are definitely gaining ground. Many MIDs and netbooks are shipping with Linux operating systems.

The question of the day is: Have you replaced Windows with a Linux distro?

I mean, completely. Are you one of those who are running on pure Linux? Do you miss your Windows days? What made you switch?

With Windows 7 on the horizon, would you consider switching back?

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  • Micropat
    I dual boot Ubuntu with Vista. I love the way Ubuntu feels faster, even straight after booting up. I really like the multiple desktops and tabbed folder browsing. I find these features really help me productivity wise. I use vista a bit more mainly because MS office has some functionality that seems to be lacking in openoffice.
  • hbr
    I made the move to Linux ten years ago. RedHat 6.0. Now running Debian Lenny.
  • LePhuronn
    I'll jump to Linux when Adobe port their software.