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    Thanks Norman--he makes sense.
    Microsoft seems like kids playing with matches then surprised when there is a fire.

    There is no responsibility.
    Is there actually some one there as it seems all automatic response to any question.

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    For put u tube concerts on DVD I use Bombono DVD which is free software included.
    You have to go to software manager then when the selection comes up type in the search bar Bombono
    It converts formats to PAL or the other one.
    Its the most efficient one I have found.
    Its open source software so typing in any search engine should find it.

    Mint is due for an upgrade in November/December (free)

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    I never thought this subject would get so much attention and positive input.
    An education.
    Thanks again to all contributors.

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    Default Re: Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

    A couple of articles that might be of interest to those enjoying this thread:The first of these articles is a new article recommending MX Linux for those looking for a Linux distribution that looks and feels close to Windows, and the second of these articles (written back in April 2018) describes several of the various major Linux distributions and what uses they are each best suited for.

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    refurbished lenova t480 laptop delivered and very happy with it, thought of dual boot with windows but running into problem dealing with secure boot thing and can't dual boot, end up get rid of windows for good and very happy with it. I love virtual machine and can't live without it...alot of people running VirtualBox and considering using it it on laptop, for some reason having issue so running everything on VMWARE.

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    A Look at Linux Mint 19.1 "Tessa"

    "This is the upgrade now available.
    I have done this and its good!!
    Took a fraction of the time that a major windows upgrade does.
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    Why Is Linux Mint So Popular? - the History of Linux Mint

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    Default Re: Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

    Apostles of Linux are doing the Lord's work, Greybeard, Paul, and the rest of you guys. Thank you.

    It took a buddy of mine a couple of years to convert me, but I'm very happy now.


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    refurbished lenova t480 laptop delivered and very happy with it, thought of dual boot with windows but running into problem dealing with secure boot thing and can't dual boot, end up get rid of windows for good and very happy with it. I love virtual machine and can't live without it...alot of people running VirtualBox and considering using it it on laptop, for some reason having issue so running everything on VMWARE.
    Same. I managed to get dual-boot to work for a while, until one of those forced Windows updates screwed everything up again. So I found great satisfaction in nuking Windows, and it's VirualBox for me, if I need Windows for anything (which isn't much, basically only Adobe InDesign).

    If I do have to boot Windows in VM though, I can pick from Windows 98, Windows XP, or Windows 7, and have it booted in no time.

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    Default Re: Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

    I've been on the Linux bandwagon for a few years now. My old PC ran Ubuntu. I avoid all things Microsoft like the plague. Somewhat of a shame, I used to be a fanboy.

    Nowadays I don't really have a PC. I use a Raspberry Pi for whatever I need.
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    I am a keen user of Xubuntu, but unfortunately there are one or two things about the Linux community that are unsettling to me and the Linux community does seem to be in some denial about the reasons for the continued Ubiquity of Windows.

    The things that techies value are not the same as in the wider world and we are a small minority. Those who see Linux zealots as Jeff Albertson sanctimonious bores are not always that far wrong. A different attitude and approach is needed.

    I'd love Linux to do better in the world but the supercilious Jeff Albertson attitude and the total delusion is seriously holding it back - some of the Linux world in my experience has been less than friendly and pretty condescending.

    As a rule non-Linux users are not interested in open source and free choice and superior architecture. They just want to get on and get their work done.

    I am not a advocate of any one operating system over another. I use all three main desktop options daily, interchangeably .

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    Hi happyuk
    I just dont integrate or even see the need to mingle with the Linux community
    To quote an expression, "It works straight out of the box"
    Only once ever I asked for help that was for "Ubuntu" the help was instant helpful and understandable to a non expert.
    That was years ago.

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    ZDNet (the online version of what used to be Ziff Davis' "PC Magazine") has a new article out: How to replace Windows 7 with Linux Mint, which begins:

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    Windows 7 has less than a year of supported life left. If you really, really don't like Windows 10, it's time to consider running Linux Mint instead.

    Many of you are Windows 7 users. I get it. Windows 7 just works. But the clock is ticking for Windows 7. In less than a year, Windows 7's free support ends.

    Come that day, you'll have a choice: You can either run it without being certain you'll get vital security patches (that would be really stupid), or you can pay for Windows 7 Extended Security Updates (ESUs) on a per-device basis, with the price increasing each year. We don't know how much that will be, but I think we can safely assume it won't be cheap. Or, you can migrate to Windows 10. And, yes, for now, you can still update to Windows 10 for free from Windows 7.

    But Windows 10 came out in July 2015. If you haven't upgraded by now, I'm sure you don't want any part of Windows 10.

    I actually sort of, kind of like Windows 10. Yes. Really. Well, I did when it first came out. My affection for it waned with every Windows 10 failed update. Take the infamous Windows 10 October 2018 Update, aka version 1809. When it first came out it deleted user files, would sometime fail at unzipping compressed files, and could fail while opening files on networked drives.

    Quality assurance? What's that?

    It's only now, three months later, that Windows 10 October 2018 is finally being automatically rolled out to users. So, maybe Windows 10 isn't really what you want to "upgrade" to right now. In that case, I have another suggestion: Linux Mint.
    Advantages and disadvantages of a Linux desktop

    But, wait, say you need Microsoft Office. Fine. Run Office Online. There you go. Welcome to 2019, when you don't have to be running Windows to run "Windows" programs.

    For all your other desktop software needs, there's usually a free open-source program that can do just as good a job. Gimp, for example, instead of Photoshop. Evolution instead of Outlook. Or LibreOffice for full-featured Microsoft Office.

    That said, there are some programs you can't replace on Linux. If I were making videos, for example, I'd be using Corel's Pinnacle Studio, which only runs on Windows. If you're locked into such a program, you'll need to move to Windows 10.

    On the other hand, desktop Linux tends to be far more secure than Windows. Oh, you can run into trouble, but it's not like Windows where having an antivirus program is a must.
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    The article goes on to provide straight forward, clearly written, instructions for converting your PC from Windows to Linux Mint.

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    I use BOMBONO for video DVD making a rare event --sometimes a concert on u tube.
    So its open source and converts all kind of formats--best ive found.
    Its in software manager.
    Good to see Linux being recommended.

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    Linux has been a good alternative to windows for a very long time.

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    Default Re: Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

    Window 10 May upgrade.
    My PC crashed during this upgrade.
    Im too quick to click on upgrades.
    Cost me £75 to fix.
    I never have the slightest challenge with Linux.
    Just a pity I have to use Windows for some music software--programs--DAW
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    Use windows 10 LTSC

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    Default Re: Linux: an alternative to Windows 10

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    Window 10 May upgrade.
    My PC crashed during this upgrade.
    Im too quick to click on upgrades.
    Cost me £75 to fix.
    May upgrade in April? No wonder it crashed... ;-)
    I've had Windows updates cause problems plenty of times, in which case I resort to the 'System Restore'.
    I've never heard of an update crashing a PC though - sounds like that update was really out to get you! Next time (if there IS one lol) try getting in via safe mode and restore that way, might save £75

    I'm going to be switching to Linux also - that's a definite. I've also had enough of Windows and it's BS updates.

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    The last time I used system restore petra, but that upgrade deleted some files--I had to reload software.
    This time I could not access the Pc to get safe mode.
    Th engineer saved me a lot of frustration.
    To be honest I may have switched it off inadvertently when it was installing--late at night
    Such is life

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