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Richard Stallman’s Opinion On Dual Booting – “Defenestrate It”

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We all know that Richard Stallman has some very strong, serious and unconventional views on software freedom. Well, someone decided to ask him his view on dual booting Linux with Windows. His reply? "Defenestrate it."

Defen what? Well, I must also admit that I have never heard this word before. Stallman was, however, kind enough to include the meaning of the word in his reply.

Well, here is the question pecet wrote to him:

He's simply being a pane...

...get it?!

Re: Defenestrate It

I might not agree with all of Stallman's stances, but I do admire that he sticks to what he believes in. But, to just throw the idea of throwing a dual-boot out the window means just one thing: he's not a gamer. If you -are- (I can game upwards of 40 hours some weeks), you'd only be punishing yourself to get rid of the dual-boot and give up on PC gaming. To me, free software isn't a cause important enough for me to give up my preferred pastime. Do I wish all the games I play in Windows was on Linux? Of course, but that's not how it is, and until that changes, I'll have a dual-boot.

Past that, I don't like GIMP nearly as much as Photoshop (nor does it do as good a job with resizing) and I need Office 2007+ for work-related reasons. For some, it's just not feasible to give up entirely on Windows. It sucks.

re: dualboot

I've given up on dualboot years ago.

Once CPU's became powerful enough and RAM cheap enough to run virtual machines, all of our desktops and laptops run Windows 7 Pro with Virtual Box to run a Linux desktop for the few tasks that Linux Desktop is good at.

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