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.Keys: Thank you for your answer too.
I kinda agree with you and with everyone else that said Dual Boot is kinda annoying.
As I said earlier, Im doing Dual Boot right now, almost ditching Windows completely.
File management with two systems feels weird.
There's nothing wrong with dual booting. I think it's often essential in migrating to Linux. I started dabbling with Linux in the late 90s, and dual booted for years. It wasn't until the Dapper Drake (Ubuntu 6.06) that I finally felt the Linux was ready. Really, I think it was more that I was ready. Once you ditch Windows for good, two things happen: you really start to learn Linux, and, you start exploring replacements for those windows only applications you like (foobar2000 and irfanview, I'm looking at you)
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.Keys: I was reading that it's also 'dangerous' for the system to use PPA libraries, is that true?
PPA repositories can be maintained by software developers themselves. In this case installing software from PPA is no more dangerous, then downloading it from it's official website.

When PPA repository is maintained by someone else, do a research and decide, if you can trust it.

Check, who maintainer is, how long does this PPA exist, what issues were reported on the bug-tracker, etc.
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.Keys: The danger here would be equivalent to installing 'windows .exe's' from untruthful sources?
Malware is not very common on Linux.
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.Keys: Thank you for your answer too.
I kinda agree with you and with everyone else that said Dual Boot is kinda annoying.
As I said earlier, Im doing Dual Boot right now, almost ditching Windows completely.
File management with two systems feels weird.
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hummer010: There's nothing wrong with dual booting. I think it's often essential in migrating to Linux. I started dabbling with Linux in the late 90s, and dual booted for years. It wasn't until the Dapper Drake (Ubuntu 6.06) that I finally felt the Linux was ready. Really, I think it was more that I was ready. Once you ditch Windows for good, two things happen: you really start to learn Linux, and, you start exploring replacements for those windows only applications you like (foobar2000 and irfanview, I'm looking at you)
imho still better just to use win10
and you can use all the apps and games
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.Keys: I was reading that it's also 'dangerous' for the system to use PPA libraries, is that true?
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AlexTerranova: PPA repositories can be maintained by software developers themselves. In this case installing software from PPA is no more dangerous, then downloading it from it's official website.

When PPA repository is maintained by someone else, do a research and decide, if you can trust it.

Check, who maintainer is, how long does this PPA exist, what issues were reported on the bug-tracker, etc.
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.Keys: The danger here would be equivalent to installing 'windows .exe's' from untruthful sources?
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AlexTerranova: Malware is not very common on Linux.
There is no research which can prove who you can trust
even official devs can be dirty or somehow get infested
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hummer010: foobar2000
What is your replacement for this? That's the one thing I really miss from Windows. I've tried Clementine and DeaDBeeF but they're just not as good!
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hummer010: foobar2000
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HappyPunkPotato: What is your replacement for this? That's the one thing I really miss from Windows. I've tried Clementine and DeaDBeeF but they're just not as good!
sadly nearly none of the linux apps are as good as the windows apps
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Orkhepaj: sadly nearly none of the linux apps are as good as the windows apps
I find some programs are better on Windows and some are better on Linux. Foobar2000 is the only one I used regularly and haven't found a good enough replacement for. Obviously after using Windows for years before switching to Linux I think Linux is much better or I'd just switch back!
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Orkhepaj: sadly nearly none of the linux apps are as good as the windows apps
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HappyPunkPotato: I find some programs are better on Windows and some are better on Linux. Foobar2000 is the only one I used regularly and haven't found a good enough replacement for. Obviously after using Windows for years before switching to Linux I think Linux is much better or I'd just switch back!
many people are reluctant to accept they were false and stick to their bad choices
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Orkhepaj: many people are reluctant to accept they were false and stick to their bad choices
I don't want to drag us too far off topic here but why do you have such a problem with Linux and other people's enjoyment of it that you would accuse loads of random strangers of lying just to protect your opinion?
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Orkhepaj: imho still better just to use win10
and you can use all the apps and games
I prefer the workflow setup I have in Linux. Windows isn't very flexible - you do things the Microsoft way, or not at all, and I don't like that. Linux allows me the flexibility to do things the way I want to. Add to that the bloat, and the privacy concerns of Windows, and it just isn't very compelling to me at all.

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HappyPunkPotato: What is your replacement for this? That's the one thing I really miss from Windows. I've tried Clementine and DeaDBeeF but they're just not as good!
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Orkhepaj: sadly nearly none of the linux apps are as good as the windows apps
This hasn't really been my experience at all. I mostly use open source software, and much of it is cross-platform, so its really the same software regardless of OS. I'm not some zealot that is going to argue that everything is better, there are definitely some things where there isn't a direct replacement available in the open source world, but generally, these things are in the cases of high-dollar proprietary software.

For day to day use, web browsing, multimedia, office tasks, there's absolutely nothing in Windows that can't be done just as well on Linux. Nothing.
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hummer010: foobar2000
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HappyPunkPotato: What is your replacement for this? That's the one thing I really miss from Windows. I've tried Clementine and DeaDBeeF but they're just not as good!
There isn't really anything that is exactly like foobar2000. I ran it with WINE for awhile, but that was too much of a pain. In the end I moved on.

I now use mpd as my music player, and I hit it with lots of different frontends. It's a whole different paradigm than foobar2000, but I've come to prefer it. I can play music from the terminal using mpc or ncmpcpp. I can play music with a GUI using Sonata. I can control music from different computers, and from my phone using the web interface of mpd. It's maybe not as pretty as foobar, but it's way more flexible.
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HappyPunkPotato: I find some programs are better on Windows and some are better on Linux. Foobar2000 is the only one I used regularly and haven't found a good enough replacement for. Obviously after using Windows for years before switching to Linux I think Linux is much better or I'd just switch back!
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Orkhepaj: many people are reluctant to accept they were false and stick to their bad choices
I know, right? If people could just admin that the money they spent on Windows was a waste, and quit pushing it as the be-all and end-all operating system, that would be great. :)
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hummer010: For day to day use, web browsing, multimedia, office tasks, there's absolutely nothing in Windows that can't be done just as well on Linux. Nothing.
thats true , for mom linux would be fine
The big strength of GNU/Linux is more than just it's open source and free (Although not all Open Source software is free); It's the underlying structure it uses.

Let's take a Windows application, something that say does backups. So it has a GUI, and it has X Y and Z compression methods and uses X protocol and can burn using X format, then viola. But if you want any additional features you have to re-compile said features into it. Some programs will let you inject new DLL files to add filters/features to a limited degree, but only where they made that an option at all. So assuming the backup program was made a while ago and knows about floppy drives but doesn't know about the internet. (MS Backup for Win 3.11 did this afterall)

Linux on the other hand heavily uses scripting and piping. Thus you give a basic backup program that builds the archive, then you can pipe it and use a new method not known before the program was made, using a new compression algorithm it didn't know about, burning using a different filesystem feature sets unknown when the software was made. And upgrading can be done by you, or just updating said scripts when applicable.

To understand Linux you have to understand Unix, and the AT&T archives of showing how the software interacts and how you can build software using other software is very interesting. Logically each piece of software does one thing and does it very well.

Now this may not necessarily go in line with GUI programs as much. Say using Libre/Star/Open Office, you'd probably have to recompile or update specific sections to update new features or add new filetypes for reading/writing. But i find that far better than the blackbox pay $800 for our office program every 3 years.
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hummer010: foobar2000
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HappyPunkPotato: What is your replacement for this? That's the one thing I really miss from Windows. I've tried Clementine and DeaDBeeF but they're just not as good!
As another foobar2000 fan who really missed it, I eventually settled upon - and quite like - gmusicbrowser. Handles huge playlists very well, has amazing weighted random (increase likelihood of playing something based on rating, how long ago it's previously played, genre, tags, or anything else you can think of), and has pretty decent customization options (though it requires reading quite some documentation)
Post edited Yesterday by gogtrial34987
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rtcvb32: The big strength of GNU/Linux is more than just it's open source and free (Although not all Open Source software is free); It's the underlying structure it uses.

Let's take a Windows application, something that say does backups. So it has a GUI, and it has X Y and Z compression methods and uses X protocol and can burn using X format, then viola. But if you want any additional features you have to re-compile said features into it. Some programs will let you inject new DLL files to add filters/features to a limited degree, but only where they made that an option at all. So assuming the backup program was made a while ago and knows about floppy drives but doesn't know about the internet. (MS Backup for Win 3.11 did this afterall)

Linux on the other hand heavily uses scripting and piping. Thus you give a basic backup program that builds the archive, then you can pipe it and use a new method not known before the program was made, using a new compression algorithm it didn't know about, burning using a different filesystem feature sets unknown when the software was made. And upgrading can be done by you, or just updating said scripts when applicable.

To understand Linux you have to understand Unix, and the AT&T archives of showing how the software interacts and how you can build software using other software is very interesting. Logically each piece of software does one thing and does it very well.

Now this may not necessarily go in line with GUI programs as much. Say using Libre/Star/Open Office, you'd probably have to recompile or update specific sections to update new features or add new filetypes for reading/writing. But i find that far better than the blackbox pay $800 for our office program every 3 years.
hmm , isnt that just simple pipelineing? im pretty sure powershell has it
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gogtrial34987: As another foobar2000 fan who really missed it, I eventually settled upon - and quite like - gmusicbrowser.
I've just installed it. Looks like it could be a good replacement once I get it set up how I like, thanks!

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hummer010: I now use mpd as my music player,
I've been planning to set up a media server so I'll definitely look at that for the music part, thanks!
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gogtrial34987: As another foobar2000 fan who really missed it, I eventually settled upon - and quite like - gmusicbrowser
Well, as someone who also formerly used Foobar2000, the bare look while nice, wasn't the primary reason I used it; rather I used it to play a bunch of specialist game formats.

You know, NSF, GSF, VGM, RIFF AM, USF, 2SF, KSS, etc. And I've been scouring for the better part of several years for a media player that can handle these without some annoying caveat. (Most of the time it's that they don't support zipped files.)

Deadbeef is a "good enough" for me.
Post edited Yesterday by Darvond