Finally managed to flash Linux on my 250GB SSD with Linux! (After breaking it several times...)

Now I have a question to people that have a Linux/Windows Dual-boot:
What do you use Linux for, and what do you use windows for?

Really unsure how I should use the disk... Had an 16GB USB for school until now. (Lost it tho)
I plan to use it for school as well but I'm kinda afraid of losing it. (Was expensive)
Therefore I tend to just use it at home.

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    Linux for browsing, development, lightweight, and, testing new stuff

    Windows for work, and gaming only
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    Linux => Programming and games

    Windows => Games that do not run on Linux
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    What I also thought of is using Linux as a distraction free environment without any games and stuff...

    But @devTea, @inaba, thanks for your suggestions! Will think about it...
    I still want to use Windows as my main machine so "Windows for gaming only" is a no for me :/
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    @Skayo wyd on windows as a main machine?
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    Windows for some games, Linux for everything else.
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    @Skayo you'll learn a lot if you're planning to ditch windows completely, i'm in dual boot and I now use windows only for gaming (when I do)
    At first I used windows more but after a year i found out that I was WAY more productive on linux
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    Btw be ready to break stuff up, it'll happen 😉
    Just learn how to chroot, and backup you stuff once in a while, you'll hate yourself if you lose your data stupidly haha (I still feel the pain)
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    Linux => Everything except games
    Windows => Games
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    I'm using Windows since 3 years and therefore it's fully customized...
    I would even say that it isn't actually windows xD
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    I'm a part-time Linux user since years already, but yeah I have definitely learned a lot using it!
    Also I'm very afraid of data loss, making backups, as you said, is definitely something I have to do...
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    Seems like everyone is using for gaming only...
    I'm not ready for ditching windows :(
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    @Skayo Are you doing anything on Windows that would not be possible on something else?
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    Linux: work, dev stuff, projects

    Windows: gaming, MS office.
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    Linux for everything, Windows for nothing
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    @MySlugLikesSalt Because some people feel "forced" to stay in an ecosystem because of some applications/requirements, hence my question.

    Besides, while the dual-boot option (or VM) is a great way to get started on a new OS, I feel that many will find excuses not to switch (e.g. it takes time, I have things opened, etc.). Which is why, it's sometimes good to dive in for the "extra push".
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    I don't dualboot here, but one of my machines doesn't support Linux for some bizarre reason (it's an Acer, so probably a fierce fight with HP to make the shittiest M$ wanketeer products possible) so I use Windows on that. And I fucking hate it. The only thing it's somewhat decent for is gaming and general web browsing really. Want a terminal? Fuck you, and suck up those conhost.exe "features" all the way! Want to do something more advanced? Fuck you, we've locked down our system "as a service"! You see where I'm going here. I'd say, ditch that piece of Microshit altogether if at all possible.
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    @Condor what type of Acer do you have ? Mine works well after some tinkering in the bios
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    @lil-segfault Acer Aspire ZC-700, a purchase that I deeply regret. I hate the bloody thing. The only thing that makes me not throw it out is the price (€600 for that piece of shit) and the fact that its fans are quiet. Also it's the only desktop client I have, since my HP craptop's cooling design (and yes I've cleaned the fans and replaced the thermal goo multiple times) makes it completely unusable. So the Acer is my only viable desktop client right now. Never again am I going to buy something with hybrid graphics cards. Absolute fucking garbage!

    Edit: also I've tweaked the BIOS in every way possible, doesn't boot Linux. I recall that I've been able to use a Manjaro 4.7 stock kernel once (which I've then built the newer upstream kernels from) but I lost the config file over time. And even then, X doesn't like my monitor setup 😕
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    Since we are talking about Acer now: My brother had one. It was the biggest crybaby I ever encountered and was buggy right from the start.

    When people ask me for advice on getting a new laptop, and I ask which one they had before, they usually say: "an Acer, that now is broken due to x y z".

    So to be honest, I've grown to dislike the brand a lot and would never advice anyone to buy them.
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    @MySlugLikesSalt I guess it all falls down to how you are. Personally, I always want "more". I'm an eternal unsatisfied person thus always looking to alternatives. But hey, if you can do everything that you want with your current solution, do stay on it.

    I completely agree with you that forcing someone to switch OS (or anything for that matter), will most of the time have the opposite effect.

    PS: I do have a Windows machine at home, but the limitations are quite disheartening. I plan on going full Linux on my next desktop with GPU passthrough configured to play through a Windows VM.
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    Linux -> mostly programming, ricing, ssh etc.
    Windows -> games, ms office, vm
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    @Condor I have a Acer v nitro I had to put grub entry in the "secure boot" setting in the bios on my Linux EFI partition
    I had to disconnect the sound card because it made a awful noise (bzzzz bzzz type shit) and while I used parrot, I couldn't get my hdmi monitor working...
    Now I use plain debian with KDE and it works great, I would gladly help
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    Linux for everything, haven't properly used windows in 8 year.

    As for gaming, I don't really game but steam released a new wine thing which makes gaming way better and more easy on Linux.
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    Linux -> everything that is not a game
    Windows -> games


    With the recent release of proton ( a fork of Wine worked on by Steam) , I’m about ready to jump ship entirely from Windows since true gaming on Linux is almost there , not much longer now
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    I used to dual-boot, but now I actually have separate computers for separate tasks. I have Windows on my main rig for gaming and multimedia, and have a laptop with Linux for studying and programming. I can also hook up the laptop with the monitors for extended use.

    It's the best of both worlds. Windows is kinda shit, but undoubtedly the best choice for multimedia. The same way, Linux is so much better for development. I also run Linux on my HTPC and all the home servers and IoT stuff.
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    I use Linux on my work and windows at home if I'm not working on a side project.

    Really, I simply get tired of my Linux background after seeing it for 8 hours :p
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