Windows 11 coming

Grampa Don

Yep, that's me
Ah, yes... the days of dial-up modems and text only browsers. Those days seem like another lifetime. It used to take forever to download porn. (or so I've been told)
My first exposure to the internet was over a dial up modem to our local computer club bbs. There was a time limit on it. I think it was 15 minutes. I think it was my 14.4 k modem that took a half hour to download a 1 meg image. I remember that modem cost me $100. When I got a 56k modem, I thought I was hot stuff.
 

Nathan

Senior Member
Now anyone can download the Windows 11 .ISO and make an installer on a thumb drive: Windows 11 .ISO

I don't know if you could burn the .ISO to a disc, the file is 5.1GB. Maybe a BlueRay disc, I don't know- never used BR discs.
 

HarryHawk

Rev. Harry
Location
Michigan
That's the thing with Linux... the OS becomes your hobby. While there's nothing wrong with that, it's not for everybody. Then again, you can just use it and not mess with anything. I installed Linux on my mother-in-law's computer and she knows nothing about computers, and she got along just fine, although all she did was use a web browser.
I spend a fraction of my time having to deal with Linux compared to the time I spent with Windows. Windows had almost continuous updates adding functionality that I didn't want or use at the expense of slowing down system response. I spent less than an hour installing Linux over a year ago and have not had to touch it since.
 

HarryHawk

Rev. Harry
Location
Michigan
I started working with windows back in 85. It was called Windows DOS The computer had one K of storage. Looks at it now. I built & programmed computers to run machinery in our plant.

I'm too old & out of the loop to go to Win-11 so I think I got a computer gru friend young woman. She is great with computers. I think I'll turn this over to her & change it to Linux since I read all the good info posted here about it. I'm just old & tired of the windows hassle. She has fixed my Win-10 computer many times. I get an update & things go wrong. I call her & she comes & fixes it fast.
Most of you probably have more compute power on your phone than NASA had when they sent the first man to the moon. It is amazing what the early developers were able to accomplish with the amount of computing resources they had available at the time.
 

ManjaroKDE

Member
If I get a Chromebook will I be able to choose my email company?
Yes you should be able to use any email.service to set up your system but some email accounts are deemed insecure. Probably accounts Google can't access. I personally stay away from a Chromebook because of the restrictive road blocks you will encounter. There are work arounds in fact you can install another Linux distro on a Chromebook, But why?

They're not designed for long term use and too many hoops to jump through. Google wants control of all your connections, it's in their best interest and more profit to them. Too invasive for me.

More conspiracies you think?
 
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GeorgiaXplant

Well-known Member
Location
Georgia
Windows 11 is coming? Nope. It's here and has rendered my laptop nearly useless. For whatever reason, it was automatic and took over. It wanted me to log on. I got a message saying that my laptop will not support Windows 11. Click on this to troubleshoot, it said. I did. It told me to log on. It won't let me log on so that I can figure out how to uninstall it.

IOW, it's the equivalent of not being allowed to go swimming until you've learned how!

My laptop is 3 years old. WHAT THE WHAAAAT? Being held hostage by Microsoft, dammit. I'd give Bill Gates a piece of my mind if I could spare it:). And if I could get into the laptop to send him a message.

ETA: It hasn't affected my phone. Yet. I can still use the phone to see what I want to see BUT the keys are waaaay too tiny to be convenient. Grrrr.
 

GeorgiaXplant

Well-known Member
Location
Georgia
Yay. My DSIL fixed it. Nothing to unstall because it wouldn't install in the first place. The problem was that I clicked on the tab it told me to, which was how it wanted to install it. He showed me what to click on if it ever does that again.

However...it's a "rollout" and eventually will get to everybody. If you don't want it, don't click on the tab that installs it or you'll find yourself in the same wacky do-loop that I did.
 

Capt Lightning

Well-known Member
I spend a fraction of my time having to deal with Linux compared to the time I spent with Windows. Windows had almost continuous updates adding functionality that I didn't want or use at the expense of slowing down system response. I spent less than an hour installing Linux over a year ago and have not had to touch it since.
Same here, but you can turn off updates on Windows 10. In Win10 pro, you can set 'group policy' to specify no updates and in Win 10 home, I believe you can use Regedit to set updates off.

I'm currently using Ubuntu 20.04 (with Chromium (not Chrome) web browser and Thunderbird mail) and from time to time I get the option to install updates if and when I choose. I've had a couple of compatibility issues on my Dell Inspiron (largely sorted) and Dell weren't interested because I wasn't using their pre-loaded Win10s.
 

HarryHawk

Rev. Harry
Location
Michigan
Same here, but you can turn off updates on Windows 10. In Win10 pro, you can set 'group policy' to specify no updates and in Win 10 home, I believe you can use Regedit to set updates off.

I'm currently using Ubuntu 20.04 (with Chromium (not Chrome) web browser and Thunderbird mail) and from time to time I get the option to install updates if and when I choose. I've had a couple of compatibility issues on my Dell Inspiron (largely sorted) and Dell weren't interested because I wasn't using their pre-loaded Win10s.
I'm not overly technical. To me, it comes down to the basic inherent philosophy of Windows vs Linux.

Windows defaults to installing scores of "features" that I have no need, desire, or interest in using. It is then up to me to figure out how to work thru the maze to figure out what it is doing, how it is doing it, and then disabling what I don't want to have Windows auto update, integrate, verify, etc.

Linux defaults to a bare bones system. If I want a certain functionality, I add it. If I need or want some additional functionality tomorrow, I add it tomorrow when I need it. To me, it's a much more intuitive way.
 
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Purwell

New Member
Location
North Herts (UK)
Must admit I'm fed up of having to make perfectly good lap tops obsolete just because Microsoft think I ought to.
I have thought about Linux but I do need to use Excel quite extensively including Visual Basic Macros and I don't think they would work.
 

Tom 86

Member
Location
Indiana
I was going to switch to Linux. A friend told me to check if all my 100+ programs are compatible with Linux first. So I spent a lot of time Sat. & Sun checking different programs. So far I've found that about 1/2 of the programs I use for my drone video editing & others are not compatible with Linux.

I keep all my medical info in Excel. Nope, that won't work either, They have one that's similar but I can't take 25 years of medical data & put it in unless I want to do it each year & line at a time. I like Excel because I can look back 18 years in 2003 & see who done my spatial knee replacement & how much it cost me.

When my wife had cancer in 2014 I tracked her chemo prices. Glad I had good insurance as 1 year of chemo was over 1.6 million. 1 month of chemo pills was $25,589.00 Then there were all the hospital stays & different meds there.

So looks like I'm STUCK with windows.
 

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