After 4 months I am still on Sparky and see no reason to switch. It is my daily driver. Some quick thoughts:
-Love the fast boot and resume from suspend. With the SSD it is ready for password in under 10 sec from fully off. Resume is pretty much instantaneous.
-Everything is snappy. Opening many programs yielded a long wait in windows. Another SSD benefit but Sparky is so much less resource intensive that it deserves some credit.
-I've found Linux alternatives to most things, although I primarily use the browsers as my life has mostly moved online. Not all Linux alternatives are equal to the MS programs I was used to but they work; local music players have so far been disappointing.
-I still have occasional annoying issues with some work related web pages not working in the Google browsers but I with Iceweasel installed also I find one of the 3 works for most things. My use of ad/java/flash blockers caused problems on my windows pcs also.
-Problems with my network drive, it was working fine but I just noticed it is missing now.
-PlayonLinux just isn't cutting it, that's a major downside as I love World of Tanks. It's the only reason I use Windows now. This isn't a Sparky problem per se, but a hitch in my plans to ditch MS.
-Keeping audio alive is still a problem for me, for unknown reasons I frequently lose all audio and have to unplug the USB speakers and reselect them in Alsamixer.
None of these problems is a deal breaker and I knew going in that some annoyances were going to happen; I'd guess a more experienced user could solve some of them but I am still a novice (at best).
My next thought is to install another SSD and put Windows 10 on it when it debuts, not that I want really MS back but I'd like to play a game that has issues with PlayonLinux (World of Tanks). My mobo has no linux support and I'd like to play around with OCing; that was part of the reason I built this PC.
Anyone know how easy it is to set up a PC with 2 (or more) drives with different OSes? I think I can just use BIOS to choose which drive boots but is there an better way?
Thanks to pavroo for his work on this!
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