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Elementary OS Beta Freya... best linux ever!

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I gave a try on elementary OS beta Freya and dual boot with Windows Server 2012 R2 in my beast laptop and I really feel amazing about this release. It is a clean and elegant OS based on Ubuntu 14.04. The performance is amazing, I installed the 64bit version, I removed midori browser and installed Google Chrome beta 64bit. I am very pleased to see a different linux with an amazing look... it feel like you are running a version of Apple mac os x. If I have to vote, I will give a 8 out of 10.

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How's the stability of the beta? Pantheon isn't for me but I've got a few people who use it (the types who only surf, check mail, basic stuff) and they were pretty happy with it. Curious how it's progressing.

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I gotta say, when I was more into Linux, Elementary OS was where it was at, for me. 

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How's the stability of the beta? Pantheon isn't for me but I've got a few people who use it (the types who only surf, check mail, basic stuff) and they were pretty happy with it. Curious how it's progressing.

In my machine is very stable so far, I have not try installing yet applications... only LibreOffice and runs pretty good.

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Elementary OS is a great distro. Don't forget to install Pipelight for all Windows browser plugins (Silverlight etc)

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can you provide a download link? i will give it a try in virtualbox but it will never replace my kubuntu 14.04 :)

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I was loving elementary os as my main OS, came back to windows because of adobe(ilust,photo, indesign) cs6, but i feel i have to bloat the $#!T out of windows to get the basic security and features i need. Really missing Elementary :cry: .

 

How stable do you feel it compared to luna?

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I was loving elementary os as my main OS, came back to windows because of adobe(ilust,photo, indesign) cs6, but i feel i have to bloat the $#!T out of windows to get the basic security and features i need. Really missing Elementary :cry: .

 

How stable do you feel it compared to luna?

Do what I did... dual boot with Windows... works like a charm. Stability is strong for been a beta and programs works great. Sometimes it will froze on the settings if you click in an option don't know why... but the good thing if happen to you, you can always go back to your panel and kill it.

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Do what I did... dual boot with Windows... works like a charm. Stability is strong for been a beta and programs works great. Sometimes it will froze on the settings if you click in an option don't know why... but the good thing if happen to you, you can always go back to your panel and kill it.

Seems i got myself a new project, wish i could find a barebone w8.1. Thanks!

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I was loving elementary os as my main OS, came back to windows because of adobe(ilust,photo, indesign) cs6, but i feel i have to bloat the $#!T out of windows to get the basic security and features i need. Really missing Elementary :cry: .

 

How stable do you feel it compared to luna?

 

Yeah Office, Adobe and games are why I end up in windows more.  I would stay in Linux all the time if I could run those without emulation.

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Yeah Office, Adobe and games are why I end up in windows more.  I would stay in Linux all the time if I could run those without emulation.

i feel you, i tried many alternatives, VMware, whinetricks, but in the end emulating high demanding software has a lot of drawbacks, and im soo used to using adobe, to get used to gimp, and other free alternatives.

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Yeah Office, Adobe and games are why I end up in windows more. I would stay in Linux all the time if I could run those without emulation.

You guys like to have a painful experience because you don't dual boot with Windows. It's a peace of cake. Just logon in your Windows machine, go to the storage management tool... Shrink your HDD to whatever you feel is fine for Linux. Then restart, plug in your USB thumb drive with elementary OS... Boot the thumb drive, setup and partition manually into the shrink space you created. Then for this beta the boot management does not work right, you just need to fix it at the end and magically you will see a blue screen with all the boot options and also for Windows. If anyone want it I can find a link with the step by step instructions.

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I can not longer dual boot on my raid. GRUB throws up. 

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i feel you, i tried many alternatives, VMware, whinetricks, but in the end emulating high demanding software has a lot of drawbacks, and im soo used to using adobe, to get used to gimp, and other free alternatives.

GIMP is great once you get used to it. Inkscape too. Two of the best programs IMO. I even use them on Windows as well.
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Also you can have gimp looking exactly the same way as photoshop. Just need to replace the config folder

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You guys like to have a painful experience because you don't dual boot with Windows. It's a peace of cake. Just logon in your Windows machine, go to the storage management tool... Shrink your HDD to whatever you feel is fine for Linux. Then restart, plug in your USB thumb drive with elementary OS... Boot the thumb drive, setup and partition manually into the shrink space you created. Then for this beta the boot management does not work right, you just need to fix it at the end and magically you will see a blue screen with all the boot options and also for Windows. If anyone want it I can find a link with the step by step instructions.

 

I'm running on Xubuntu on my 2nd SSD right now, Windows 7 is on my other SSD.  Dual booting even on a fast i7 with an SSD is still a distraction.  I stay in linux a bit but as soon as I get an email where I have to do something in Office its a pain to have to close everything and switch.  

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I stay in linux a bit but as soon as I get an email where I have to do something in Office its a pain to have to close everything and switch.

Could always virtualize it. Not a fan of dual-booting myself, too much of a hassle. Both VMWare and VirtualBox do 3D acceleration more than capable enough to run Linux painlessly without losing out on the visuals and such, the rest of it depends on your processor.. I usually give it a couple of cores and it runs quite snappy. (Or go the other way around, either or.) Unity/Seamless mode makes it even more streamlined, depending on the guest OS, not all of them support it. Assuming your system has the resources to pull it off of course. Running 16GB myself, can give Linux 4GB (way more than enough) and the system doesn't blink an eye. Personally wouldn't bother if the host as 4GB or less though, better off dual booting. Makes backups and snapshots absurdly easy too.

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Elementary OS is a great distro. Don't forget to install Pipelight for all Windows browser plugins (Silverlight etc)

No need for that anymore for Netflix. Just install Chrome 37 beta (or wait until 37 stable) and change the user agent to Windows and Netflix will use the HTML5 player on both Linux and Mac. Amazon Instant Video on the other hand, will probably need Pipelight until they change over.

 

P.S. Don't forget the Fresh Player Plugin to get the latest Flash working in Firefox (PPAPI to NPAPI wrapper).

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GIMP is great once you get used to it. Inkscape too. Two of the best programs IMO. I even use them on Windows as well.

Better than the legendary adobe?

Also you can have gimp looking exactly the same way as photoshop. Just need to replace the config folder

Really? :o

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Really? :o

 

 

sure! it will have even the same keyboard shortcuts.

 

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gimp-2.9-photoshop.png

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I'm running on Xubuntu on my 2nd SSD right now, Windows 7 is on my other SSD.  Dual booting even on a fast i7 with an SSD is still a distraction.  I stay in linux a bit but as soon as I get an email where I have to do something in Office its a pain to have to close everything and switch.

You're rebooting into Windows just for MS Office? That's what LibreOffice is for.

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Better than the legendary adobe?

I don't see what so special about adobe products. I've used them, and I was underwhelmed. The way certain people talk about them around here, it's like the sun rises and sets with them. I've yet to come across anything done in PS that can't be done in GIMP. For the average person, GIMP and Inkscape should fulfil most needs. There might be some specific use case, but I don't think it applies to the majority of people. And that's ignoring the fact that they're free.

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You're rebooting into Windows just for MS Office? That's what LibreOffice is for.

He did mention work, there is more to Office than just a word processor and spreadsheet. (InfoPath, Lync, Outlook, OneNote etc etc, none of which have a Libre equivalent), never mind could be using something designed in-house for extensibility too, wouldn't work. Know a bunch of my clients anyway rely on those. If it's just the "trio" though yea.. Libre, Kingsoft, etc, plenty of alternatives.

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