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The incident that caused me to stop dual booting and go to Linux

  • Subject: The incident that caused me to stop dual booting and go to Linux
  • From: Terry Porter <linux-2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 06 Nov 2008 02:33:56 -0600
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Hi All,

Roy Schestowitz recently wrote the following on COLA :-

"A lot of people keep dual-booting for many years until a generation of
software 'fades' and the user conveniently goes GNU/Linux-only. I fall 
under this category as well."

What Roy says was certainly very true in my case.

I had installed Linux on my pc around 1995 - 1996 on a separate hard 
drive to my Windows 95 install, and I used to just turn off the PC and 
swap the IDE cable from one hard disk to the other, to switch between 

I did it this way because even at that time it was obvious that Windows 
didn't like to play with alternate OSes and I'm the cautious type who 
doesn't like to lose data or do things twice.

Eventually as I grew more competent with Linux, and replaced Windows 
application with Linux ones, naturally I began to use Windows less and 

So what defining moment marked the last time I used Windows ?

It was a new motherboard, and the date was August 1997.

I had bought a new motherboard and cpu, ram etc, (the usual upgrade 
cycle) and fitted it in the same pc. 

Everything just continued to work fine when I powered the machine up as 
it was using the Linux hard drive and *nothing* changed for me, except 
the machine was a bit faster.

Then, about 2 weeks later I switched over to the Windows hard disk to do 
something, (as I had been doing for the last couple of years) only to be 
greeted by "warning, new hardware detected, Windows has gone into "safe" 
mode" blah blah.

All my 8 million Desktop icons were crunched into a tiny horrible, 
640x480, 16 color "Toys-r-Us" display.

POS !!!!!",  and that was the last time I had Windows on my PC.

The Windows hard drive was scoured for data, and then formatted with EXT2 
and a new and larger /home directory appeared on my single boot Linux PC.

I sold my Windows 95 CD for $50 as the BSAA were having a Blitzkreig and 
business everywhere were trying to buy up legit licensed Windows CDs like 

What was your defining moment for switching to Linux ?

Linux full time, on the desktop, since August 1997

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