by Robynsveil - 3/16/13 3:19 AM
In Reply to: Avoid Micorsoft by farpoint--2008
I just spent the better part of a day re-installing the OS on a laptop which *had* a recovery sector... which, itself, was corrupt. So, I had to buy a copy of Windows - because there's no way to get the original activation documentation from someone on eBay - it was just quicker and safer to buy a fresh copy.
This is for someone in the household who *clings* to her Windows as the end-all/be-all OS. The system ran Win7 for about 3 days with Avira AV installed, Security Essentials and Firewall all active and *still* got a massive rootkit three days after activation.
So, fixed that with my RescueCD. And partitioned the drive to smaller section for Windows7, larger section Linux Mint, which includes a install of VirtualBox to run those "can't-find-this-in-Linux" apps.
My USB stick has a fully working (Unetbootin-created) copy of Mint. As soon as I was able, I booted to Mint to check the system since Win7 was well and truly rooted. The screen resolution was spot-on, Mint found all my hardware perfectly, I was able to log on to the internet straight-away, etc... the laptop was fully functional right there from the USB stick install of Mint.
Windows7? Different story. First, the screen resolution was 600x800 rhino-ugly. Finally finished the install, now I had to find the drivers. Well, the OS doesn't include any drivers for WiFi or graphics cards, so I had to get on the Dell site and spend the better part of the afternoon downloading drivers for this thing.
Unimpressed with that... Mint found my hardware whilst running from a USB!! And Windows *installed* is clueless about the system.
I'm still working on the install... and that's without *any* software installs whatsoever... Avast, that's it. Oh, and Chrome (which Avast installed for me - maybe they know something?).
On my USB I had my entire Mint install - browser/Office/system utilities/hardware discovered and ALL working - and the *best* Windows OS to date can't even start to come close to that user experience after *install*!!
I do avoid Microsoft as much as possible... I think more and more people are arriving at the same conclusion.
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