Glad you got it working.
MS is just making it a bit harder to get updates for their older
operating systems...and with Win10 they are making it too easy...VIZ:
Giving them to you when you don't want them
One of the first things I did when we got the "new" W7 laptop (Lenovo 4180
refurb from Newegg) was disable the W10 updates . Everything I've read/heard
indicates they're trying to force everyone W7 and later to upgrade whether
they want it or not . Too many privacy issues for my taste - I won't use
cloud storage either . At least with the files all on my own machine I stand
a chance of retaining *some* privacy .
Though I don't use Win10, I am evaluating it.
They don't make it easy but it can be tweaked to turn off automatic
updates and huge portions of the default spying can be disabled.
When I do chose to use Windows, I'll be sticking with Win7 for many years.
On 05/12/2016 10:27 PM, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
As to which OS I use...as long as it does the job, that's the bottom line.
I have just about every OS you can imagine at my fingertips.
Though I mainly use Linux, I've got both XP and Win7 machines at my
disposal. ...but many many more...pretty much every thing between Win1
and Win10 inclusive...
and what the heck, a number of Mac's as well (both PPC and Intel)
To be fair, there are lots of OS's out there. I picked on some of
the less well known -- avoiding the obvious ones like Solaris, FreeBSD,
OpenBSD, NetBSD, OS/X, MacOS, "Linux" (though Linux is just a kernel),
They're just different markets. (Or, failed products -- e.g., BeOS, Unixware,
Plan 9 and Inferno are more research OS's -- though I think both are used
in some real telecom products. You can, for example, run Inferno *in*
a web browser!
OpusV was a System V port to a NS32000 "coprocessor card" many decades
ago. At the time, probably the fastest UN*X you'd encounter on a PC
platform (it would even run in a 286 -- using the PC just as an
Jaluna is intended for embedded systems but not widely used
(too radical and too klunky of a build environment).
Amoeba and Mach-US (as well as Mach-Lites, Mach-UX, Poe, etc.)
are proof of concept OS's that try to introduce a new/different
way of doing things than traditional OS's. E.g., under Mach,
you could run all of these other OS's at the same time -- as
if they were the sole OS running on the machine. Amoeba
(and Mach) also introduce more versatile security models
(instead of the lame "Administrator/root vs. others" model).
For example, I can let a particular user append information
to a file (i.e., write -- but only at the end!) and deny him
the ability to overwrite existing information, delete the file
*or* read anything in the file -- including the stuff he
Or, I can let a user set turn a network interface on but never
off (once its been turned on). And, prevent yet another user
from ever typing a '7'! (WTF?) All the while, not interfering
with the actions of "other" users.
These things are simply not possible in conventional OS's.
[Imagine the things a user might want to be able to do are:
unlock the front door, open the garage, alter irrigation
settings, check the temperature of the water heater, etc.]
I never have been able to get any form of linux to do much of anything
other than to piss me off, but OS/2 was something I really liked back in
it's day, and at that time, it looked like it would replace Windows.
Although they claim differently, I think MS bought them out because they
did not want the competition. Probably the biggest failure in the
history of personal computers.
If OS/2 had succeeded, we'd probably all be using it now, especially
since MS began their attempts to force their latest spyware disasters
(Win 8 and 10) on us.
When I tried Linux in 2010, I got the browser (Firefox) working almost
I still have one real machine (not VM) with Windows, but I used it very
little. Mainly for a certain Windows-only program that needs direct
access to a USB port, but I've found out how to do that with a VM so may
put Linux on that one too.
I'm not so sure about that.
When I was doing volunteer work for a local NPO I set up a lot of Linux
machines for the members to use.
I just performed a default installation, made sure there were easy to
get to links on the desktop for several web browsers and just let the
folks use them...giving no special instructions.
They could go for years with no maintenance at all.
All I'd usually have to do is delete Windows executable crapware
downloaded to the desktop.
Most people I know don't need anything but the basics.
That said, I also don't believe in going through a lot of hoops and
If something works better and easier on Windows, I don't hesitate to do
so...nor do I proselytize for others to use Linux.
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