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Microsoft ending Win7 support soon, should I get Ubuntu?

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engineheat:
Does Ubuntu offer periodic security updates like Windows?

Trying to figure out what my options are other than buying a Win10 license.

Thanks

amyk:
Note that "ending support" doesn't mean it stops working.

The "security" argument is BS too, just a way to frighten the gullible into their even more disgusting surveillancetelemetry data-collection. Keep your ports closed, don't run random stuff downloaded off the Internet, nor allow JS on every site, and you'll be fine.

xrunner:

--- Quote from: engineheat on September 04, 2019, 01:53:48 am ---Does Ubuntu offer periodic security updates like Windows?

--- End quote ---

Yes it does, as does Linux Mint (which I prefer). I run my Seti@Home project on Linux Mint and it works very well.  :)

wilfred:
Get a WIN10 license. But if you insist on moving to Linux I suggest you'd be better served by Linux Mint XFCE. The GUI is nearer to what you're are familiar with.

But I advise you to stay with Windows.

Red Squirrel:

--- Quote from: amyk on September 04, 2019, 01:59:03 am ---Note that "ending support" doesn't mean it stops working.

The "security" argument is BS too, just a way to frighten the gullible into their even more disgusting surveillancetelemetry data-collection. Keep your ports closed, don't run random stuff downloaded off the Internet, nor allow JS on every site, and you'll be fine.

--- End quote ---

Pretty much this.  If they tell you it's insecure to run an old OS, then what made it more secure before?  Those security holes that are suddenly a risk were there already!  It's not like new security holes get added the minute it goes out of service. (short of any conspiracy that perhaps they push a final update to do so, which I highly doubt)

You should treat any machine, new OS or not, as if it was full of security holes, by having proper security practices that work beyond relying on the fact that it's secure.  Proper firewalling, proper vlan segmentation of more critical parts of the network, not opening stuff you don't trust, etc...

That said I have a pretty good feeling Microsoft will keep extending support like they did with XP.  It just feels way too early to end support for 7 when lot of companies just finished upgrading to it.  There is no viable upgrade path after windows 7 when it comes to a business environment. Windows 8 and 10 are entertainment OSes and not suitable for productivity use.    If a lot of technical minded people hate it, imagine how general users in an office environment will hate it, and have trouble figuring out how to do anything in it.  If you're going to learn a whole new OS it makes more sense to switch to Linux and use a GUI like KDE or other traditional UI (ex: not Gnome) that will be easier to learn and use.

My company is talking about windows 10 but I really hope it keeps getting delayed.  We literally just upgraded to 7 like a few years ago and now finally everything more or less works properly.  I really don't want to have to go through all that again, for what?  Also Windows 10's horrible all white UI with it's fuzzy gray text and no proper borders or delimitation between UI elements is very hard on the eyes.   In fact out of all the things to hate windows 10 for, to me it's the horrible UI which you can't really change. You have like maybe 3 different choices and they all suck.  Even in windows 3.11 you could customize the UI!

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