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Posted On: 2013-05-09 10:23:10
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Is Windows 8 good? Specially for Web site development.

Been thinking of getting a new PC and not sure about Windows 8.
I have heard many people do not like it.
Specially what I want to know are:

1- Have you started using Window 8 and what do you think of it?

2- I am a Web site developer so need ready access to the OS. So have you found Windows 8 a help or hindrance to development?

Thank you all.

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5 years 1 month ago

I am with wendycricks. We should just go Cold Turkey and stop using Windows and switch instead to FREE Linux OS. After all what do we mainly use our PCs for? We use them to access the Web. And whether you access the Web with a browser on Windows or FREE Linux, it makes NO difference, it is the same Web. To be exact some Flash based Videos will not run on Linux, which is a good thing and not bad.

Question I have too, is which Linux on desktop is best?
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There are currently around 350 distros for you to pick from and several dozen different desktop flavours to try. Each distro tends to specialise in one or several different desktops, but if you know you're way around, you can run any desktop on any Linux distro.

As to the question of which is the best - how would you answer this question about cheeses: Which is the best cheese?

That said, if you're new to Linux, I'd suggest Linux Mint - you get a very good OOB experience.
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Is this the Linux version you were talking about:
http://www.linuxmint.com/

Is it easy to install on any PC?

Will it coexist as a separate boot from Windows?

Finally, do you know where we can buy PC online where the PC does not come with Windows pre-installed so that we save on the cost of Windows?
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5 years 4 weeks ago
Yes, that's the right link. And yes, it's really easy to install. I f you've ever installed Windows before, you'll be astonished how easy a Linux install is. The "only" potential pitfall is the business of partitioning which touches on your question about co-existing.

Yes, it can be set up as dual boot, so yes, you can preserve your Windows partition.

Nope, you're in the States so can't really guide about where to buy PCs without Windows pre-installed. You'll need to do your own research.
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5 years 1 month ago

If you are developing web sites to run on Microsoft web servers then ignore my answer, have a nice day, and carry on the good (but difficult and troublesome) work.

However, if your sites are going to run on Unix based servers (principally BSD and Linux) then is it not time you stepped off the Microsoft desktop juggernaut and explored the much more effective computing world of Unix based desktop operating systems.

I would not recommend (in fact would actively discourage) using Apple's bastardisation of BSD - it's ridiculously expensive and you can get your own version of native BSD for free which you can completely own.

The same applies to all Linux distributions that are out there.

If you are brave enough to make the switch from expensive, unstable, insecure proprietary os's, you will me astonished how much easier the whole business of web development becomes.

Not the answer you sought, but maybe the one that benefits you most - if you are open minded enough to try.
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5 years 1 month ago
Hey Wendy, you are right about this not being the Answer that I was looking 4!
WTS, the Web sites that we develop are of course for Linux OS. To be exact we only hosts on LAMP stack.

But due of course we develop and work on MS OS. This is because many of the tools that we use are only available on Windows. Although come to think of it I am sure now a days they are also available on Desktop Linux.

OTN, which desktop Linux do you use?
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Truth be told, I am a bit of a distro tart. Like a lot of people, I have been horrified by the nonsense that is the Gnome 3 desktop and have lurched from distro to distro to find my new home. At the moment, I've settled on Manjaro using the XFCE desktop.

As to tools, you'll find open source equivalents that are at least as good (some say even better) than their proprietary equivalents. Nice thing is: it costs you nothing to try them - and worst case you can use Wine tq run your MS tools.
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5 years 1 month ago
1st, what is a " distro tart"? Sounds like a Punk Band from 80s London underground :)

As far as the tools go:
1- What is a good programming Text Editor for Linux?
2- What is a good FTP software?
3- What is a good Putty like tool?
4- And what about Word processor & Spread sheet?

Thanks.
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5 years 1 month ago
Check out distrowatch.org. In the last 18 months I've tried most of the top 100 distros available - nothing underground at all. Your other points:
1. gedit is good, so is geany. There's also bluefish for a kind of IDE approach.
2. filezilla bar none.
3. you'll get at least one terminal emulator and an ssh client installed by default. Open up an emulator and type "ssh master@mygreatsite.com" and off you go.
4. libreoffice without doubt. If your distro comes with openoffice get rid.
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wendycricks, wow thanks for these Tips man.
I think I am going to use your answers to finally move to Linux OS. I think I am going to get a 2nd Laptop PC and install the Linux OS on that and play with it for a while b4 getting rid of my M$ Windows OS for good. Funny it took MS Windows 8 monsterosity to get so many of us off our asses and off Windows.
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5 years 4 weeks ago
Just answered your earlier question and needn't have bothered had I seen this first! Never mind, it's great news that you're going to give it a go and I wish you well.
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