Friday, February 03, 2012

I smashed the windows.

We have had this desktop computer over a year now. It came with Windows 7 Home Premium installed. Gail prefers to use her laptop or tablet computer rather than this traditional desktop. I prefer this desktop computer because of the traditional 101 button keyboard. It seems like a proper machine that sits on a desk where you sit on a proper office type chair to surf the net. It feels and looks like a proper machine rather than a mickey mouse toy.

I have never been a fan of the Windows operating system. It seems so bloated and busy. It is doing so many things that are not core to the applications I wish to launch. Windows 7 appears to take a long time to boot up from cold. I think "what is going on, come on you bitch, boot up you damn fool, where is the wretched desktop?".

So, I thought, there has to be another way. Now that the guarantee has expired I could afford to play around with alternative operating systems. To cut a long story short, I looked at quite a few, burned some Live CD's and gave each operating system a try. I settled on Linux but which distribution did I decide to install to my hard drive?

What I wanted was an efficient desktop? I tried quite a few, some were speedy but others appeared to be bloated, heavy on resources and slow to boot up. So I decided to choose my desktop first and my distribution of Linux second. Looking at all the desktops my favourite by a long way was LXDE , the  Lightweight X11 Desktop Environment, which is an extremely fast-performing and energy-saving desktop environment. Maintained by an international community of developers, it comes with a beautiful interface, multi-language support, standard keyboard short cuts and additional features like tabbed file browsing. LXDE uses less CPU and less RAM than other environments. It is especially designed for cloud computers with low hardware specifications, such as netbooks, mobile devices (e.g. MIDs) or older computers. LXDE can be installed on many Linux distributions including Debian, Fedora, OpenSUSE and Ubuntu. It is the standard for Knoppix and lubuntu. LXDE also runs on OpenSolaris and BSD. LXDE provides a fast desktop experience; connecting easily with applications in the cloud. LXDE supports a wealth of programs that can be installed locally with Linux systems.

Then I looked at different distributions of Linux. The one that worked best for me, overall was Lubuntu with my second choice being Fedora .  Installation of Lubuntu was very easy to do as it comes with a very good installer. I have had no problems whatsoever since I reformatted my hard drive and installed Lubuntu as the sole operating system on our desktop computer. Lubuntu is far better than Windows 7 Home Premium, it boots up really quickly from cold and does not seem to spend time doing other tasks in the background like Windows 7 does. Also you do not get the frequent Windows updates that plagues Windows 7.  The  LXDE desktop is nimble on the eye, easy to navigate and a joy to use.

I am really glad I broke those windows, because there is another way and I do not want to go back!
I am so glad that you are happy with your new system. After deleting windows what about my 10 years of photo,s why couldn't you use a memory stick. Selfish pig.
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