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Re: Me too
JeremySCook   9/4/2013 9:41:01 PM
No problem, glad you enjoyed it!  I miss many things about Ubuntu, but it's still hard to beat the software availability of Windows.

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Me too
_hm   9/4/2013 8:23:33 PM
@Jeremy: I have also converted two desktops and one laptop to Ubuntu. I love Ubuntu. I wanted to make exteranl USB drive bootable for Ubuntu. But due to limited time I could not. Thanks for post.


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Two CAD projects
elucches   9/3/2013 12:41:59 PM
KiCad (http://www.kicad-pcb.org/) is very good for PCB design.

FreeCAD (http://www.freecadweb.org/) is advancing, and already usable to design mechanical parts.

Both are FOSS and can run under other OS's.

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Just say YES to Linux for hobby work
green_ee   9/3/2013 12:18:35 PM
We have a fleet of laptops, and an old desktop, that became uselessly slow with the pile of "fixes" from M-soft that accumulate over the years. They have been reborn into fast and reliable Ubuntu machines. Even my wife will login to the Ubuntu  server to do web/email tasks a few times per week when the (one and only) Win7 system we have goes thru it's bouts of sluggishness. I've done a number of "right-the-first-time-with-no-blue-wires" PCB designs with gEDA software running under Ubuntu. Ubuntu runs all of the common tools I use for my day-job as an EE at <major_semiconductor_manufacturer> , and does not have the security/reliability problems so prevalent in Win machines. I've also done plenty of FPGA development on Ubuntu as well. System-administration is fairly simple, and I entrust our son & daughter to maintain their own systems even though they are not sci/tech majors in college.

The future of Win8 in our house is rosy, however, because we will be purchasing a new system with Win8 (mainly because Netflix wont stream to Ubuntu, yet....), and I get to waterful the almost-useless Win7 machine over to Ubuntu, where it will replace the 10-year-old Ubuntu server.

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User experience with Ubuntu
Robotics Developer   9/3/2013 12:02:52 PM
I used Ubuntu a few years ago on an old work laptop for development of an ARM Small Board Computer programming.  It was not too hard to start using Ubuntu but the setup was a little difficult for the development tools (took a little bit of work).  I liked the speed the old laptop demonstrated and while familar with non-graphical interfaces (worked on SUN workstations years ago) I did like the graphical windows on Ubuntu.  On the whole it worked well and the tools (needed to be on a linux machine) once setup ran fine.

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Re: multiple desktops on windows
Sheetal.Pandey   9/2/2013 2:42:48 PM
I too have ubuntu linux on my laptop. Have installed it for development purpose. I really enjoy using it. But there are practical issues like any software you want to install ubuntu is not the favorable os.

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Re: multiple desktops on windows
Caleb Kraft   9/2/2013 8:45:16 AM
I've used a couple systems for multiple desktops on windows. I always found them to be a bit slow and buggy. I haven't used the sysinternals one though. It mentions that the others fake multiple desktops by slectively hiding applications, so that may be why they were buggy.


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multiple desktops on windows
ExcessPhase   8/30/2013 5:40:05 PM
windows provided the system calls for creating and switching between multiple desktops since Windows 2000 -- I've used this on such a machine with my own tools.

See also




provides their desktop utility since a very long time already:


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