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Fraterchaos' Top Ten Reasons to Switch to Linux

10: Loads and loads of free, open source software.

To paraphrase a recent advertisement, "there's a free app for that!"
Just about anything you need, any type of software, you can find a completely
free version, in many cases, superior to what you have to pay for in
Windows. Libre Office is 100% MS-Office compatible, and free. Shotwell and
KDEnlive are video editors nearly as good as Adobe Premier, and far superior
to Windows Movie Maker, The GIMP is at least as good as Photoshop, and the list
goes on and on and on.


9: Never having to Defragment a Hard Drive again!

That's right, you do not have to defragment Linux native hard drives EVER!


8: Runs many Windows programs under WINE

Yes, you can run a fairly high number of Windows programs in Linux using the
WINE Compatibility Layer. There is even a website (WINEHQ) where you can
find loads of help getting your Win Apps to work! (and if all else fails,
you can install VirtualBox and run an actual Windows Installation inside
Linux... or set up the computer to dual boot both and run either as needed)


7: Security!

Tired of viruses, trojans, worms, and malware of all sorts? Want to be far
safer from hacking? Then you want Linux. At last count there were over 40,000
viruses and malwares that can attack Windows computers... there are only 47
known viruses that attack Linux, and all of those are already blocked.
Linux is nearly immune, simply because the only way any malware can attack
a Linux System at its core is if it can somehow get your Root Password...
You may lose a few files if someone manages to create a new Linux virus and
it gets on your system before the developers learn of it, but it's nearly
impossible that it could actually hurt the Linux System itself.


6: Most Linux distro's (distributions) are free!

That's right, you pay well over $100 for a copy of Windows... plus all the
money for anti-virus software and all the other applications you need...
but you can get a complete Linux System, with most of the software you
need, right out of the box, 100% absolutely free. Or, if you want more,
you can get premium distros for tiny amounts of money (Zorin 8 Premium,
which is especially good for new users coming over from Windows, costs a
whopping $10, and comes with loads of apps for everything you can ever
think of, or you can get Zorin Core 8 for free and add the extras yourself.)


5: Amazingly Customizable.

Unlike Windows, Linux doesn't tell you how to use your computer... YOU
tell Linux how you want to use it. You can choose from a number of Window
Managers and Desktop Environments, and add lots of little tweak items
(panels, panel widgets, desktop widgets, animated wallpaper, cool 3D effects)
Pretty much anything you like! Make your computer uniquely yours, and have
everything set up in the way that most suits your work style.


4: Update everything at one time.

Unlike Windows Automatic Updates, Linux doesn't just update the OS, it
updates ALL your installed software as well. One click lets you update
everything, all at once! (With the sole exception being Windows programs
that you install under WINE)


3: Did I mention that Linux is free?

2: Excellent Support.

Most Linux versions have very good community support, and some also have
direct support by the creators. There are forums, websites, IRC channels
all dedicated to helping you learn and use Linux. And when bugs are found,
thousands of programmers around the world begin tracking them down and fixing
them, usually within hours, not months like Windows can sometimes take.


1: and the Number 1 Reason Linux beats Windows...

It's just 100 times cooler... and it's free, and it's secure and... and...



I hope you enjoyed my little top ten list... and I hope you will consider becoming a Linux Geek! I stand ready to help in any way I can, if anyone should need it.
any questions?
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marthig Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Wow by KmyGraphic  gimme 2 nao !!!  :tantrum: :giggle:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Jul 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:)
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polarpoisson Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014
the best Linux advertisement ever! :P
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol :)
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mooncricket40 Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't know much about linux, but heard good things about it, thanks for the post, very informative, thanks my friend
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
quite welcome.

It used to be rather hard to switch, but in the past couple years Linux has gotten easier and easier.
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mooncricket40 Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I can imagine that it was
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batjorge Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I'm using LinuxMint 16 KDE for some time now and I'm very pleased about it :floating: For some time ago my wacom pen brake and have to fix it welding parts (hard) and it doesn't work properly in Linux but well on W7. It's nothing to blame on. Just maybe to blame this companies like Wacom or Adobe and even graphics drivers. Pity that they don't show interest in developing drivers for their own stuff, so what coders do, making this devices works it is almost a miracle sometimes. but I hope this will change when Linux gains more weight in desktop computing.
By the way, excellent reasons, can't agree no more!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yes, I know, that can be the worst part, lack of hardware support...

but it should get better soon because of Steam being on Linux and so many people wanting to play the Steam games... Nvidia and even ATI are developing better graphics drivers finally, hopefully that will carry over to other hardware too
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JahPickney Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Excellent list, friend :) No. 2 is right on! I've actually contacted the main Bodhi dev a couple times. Can't say that for Windows ;)

"Computers are like air conditioners, they stop working when you open Windows."
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol, that's a great line!

I us heard recently from some Linux people on YouTube that the next update for windows 8 is so bad even the Microsoft execs won't use it...
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JahPickney Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao:
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
know, pretty bad when the people that created it think it's crap...
I
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Happy linuxoid running all sorts of distros on most my computers:
private laptop runs kubuntu - there is no other person that can use it - it's tweaked in such a way (custom window behavior and other stuff make someone who doesn't know the shortcuts and gestures panic),
small netbook runs debian,
backup server's on debian too, but no window manager, just the console,
same for another server,
PC in my office runs ubuntu with Gnome 2. (don't like it. but do not have root there :( )
Sometimes I also have to use another PC for work, which runs Win 7. Plain hate it.

By the way: I did install Steam on wine and gaming happily!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome, and yeah I agree... I don't like Ubuntu with Gnome or Unity either...

I'm running Manjaro (two installs on a single machine with two HDs, one install is bare bones XFCE and the other is massively tweaked XFCE with all the Compiz effects even the unstable ones) I love Manjaro because it's based on Arch, but easy enough for a regular Linux user to install and use. And it's got the most cutting edge software packages (which can lead to a few bugs now and then, but to me, worth it)

I'm pretty much done with all Windows... I have WinXP pro on this machine as well (yes a triple boot system) but that's only there or doing stuff like BIOS updates since Dell refuses to issue BIOS updates for Linux...
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I get a feeling ubuntu is a bit like... taking advantage of the user. Or trying too.

I did once break my KDE-Desktop and didn't know at first what was wrong with my computer, so I installed Gnome (don't ask me why it was Gnome - I don't know anymore :P ). So anywho, I did fix KDE-Desktop and removed Gnome. Which left me behind with stuff line UbuntuOne and other things a "normal" linuxoid doesn't need at all. So I had to fish them out and purge :/

Hm, didn't know DELL boykots Linux.

Oh my, linux is so much fun! One can try a LOT of things out! All the distros and the packages. And the fact linux is pretty indestructible. Delete kernel, do not reboot and it still works :D
I might also try Arch or Scientific Linux out. I'm pretty sure I'll be working with one of those later. (I'm studying Informatics and would someday like to go for a internship at DESY in Hamburg).
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
awesome!

Yeah, the first Linux I used was way back around 2001 and itr was Mandrake... liked it but it wasn't great. Then I got away from Linux for a while and when I came back Ubuntu was all the rage, and at first I loved it, but when they went to the Unity desktop, I just could not stand that. I tried Lubuntu for a bit, then switched to LinuxMint KDE and I liked that too, but I kept reading great stuff about Arch and was thinking of trying that, but I read the Wiki about how to install it and realized it was a little bit beyond my ability. Then I heard about Manjaro, which is an Arch derivative, but has a nice GUI installer, and comes with a GUI already set up (I chose XFCE, although they have a KDE and a MATE desktop variant, and maybe some others)...The nice thing with Manjaro is it is almost as bleeding edge as Arch, gives access to the Arch User Repositories, and you don't have to set everything up from the Command Line... and I've been very happy with it. Slowly learning more command line stuff as I use it, so I may eventually install Arch as well when I feel like I'm up to that.

I currently running Manjaro 0.8.9 (yeah, it's not even out of Beta yet) with XFCE, and Compiz for the Window Manager... it's slightly unstable like that but not too bad... more stable than any Windows I ever used!
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I've just thought about someone reading our conversation: almost half of the words are not to understand by commons! :D

Pretty interesting stuff you've got there. Hm... may I see some screenshots?
And I'd have to read about Arch and Manjaro a bit...
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, I have a current screenshot of my desktop on my profile. Bit it's just a static image of it.

I have a video of Compiz and some of its effects on YouTube at: www.youtube.com/watch?v=LBKh73…

but that's not exactly how my desktop looks now, I've changed the wallpaper, the conky configuration, and even the cairo-dock and window borders.
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That does look really nice. Not exactly how I'd set it up. but real cool! I like how the windows glow away in yellow lights!
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 26, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, most of the effects like that are from a Compositing Window manager called Compiz. You can add effects to things like windows appearing and disappearing, minimizing and maximizing, the 3D desktop cube effect, and lot s of others.

Some of the effects I used are ones that are part of a package of unstable plug-ins though, so on rare occasions the system can crash from using those effects.
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oops I meant to say since we are not :(
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Oh hell yeah I am tired of those freaking virus and malware shit but I have no clue in what to do :( besides like i said before my laptop is screwed , lol . If I were a next door neighbor of yours I would pay you to change it over for me but since we are I am shit out of luck .
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JahPickney Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Charles is right. All the most common (popular) Linux distros are very easy to install. The installer used by Ubuntu and it's derivatives (maybe others as well) even has an option to "install alongside Windows."
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe so but still cannot trust my computer in the first place , it is like Murphy's law :(
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, if you can install Windows, you could install Zorin Core 8. Its actually no harder.
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah but I did not install Windows though , it came with the computer . Plus I can't use Linux because I use Paint.Net and it is not compatible with it .
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, you probably could use it... either running it with WINE-MONO or installing windows in VirtualBox... but that can be tricky.
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Maybe but why risk it and make hings worse , lol . I have no one around to help me if something goes terribly wrong and that is what scares me .
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yeah, if you knew a tech geek who cold give you a hand, you could probably get away with it... but without someone who knows what to do, it might not be the best idea
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Which I unfortunately don't :( guess I am stuck with windows , sadly .
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 24, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, depending on how much hard drive space you have, you might be able to set up a dual boot system, have both windows and linux.

I'm going to attempt to install Zorin Linux on my computer in VirtualBox to see how hard it is to set up, and then maybe write a tutorial on how to install it.. since Zorin is especially meant for people who use windows, it should be really easy to install..

I don't know though, you might still be unsure if you'd want to try it, no matter how easy it is. But maybe somebody will benefit from the tutorial anyway.
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I actually revived my old netbook just by installing Debian (linux distribution), which is pretty lightweight and now it runs faster then before with Win XP on board!
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Lucky you ;)
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Give it a shot!
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I will pass on it , my computer is too wishy washy :)
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
That's why I've done it in the first place :D
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Undead-Academy Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I would too but too scared to .
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Just try. It's not bad at all :P
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M-i-t-c-h-e-l Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I think of changing to LINUX too, I'm tired of MICROSOFT WINDOWS, my Laptop is finally going to give up (it makes some weird noise and is to old to repair), so I went to a store to see what I could buy for new one, and all the Laptops are with f... WINDOWS 8 now and I do not want that! I have Windows 7 on my PC, my Laptop is old and has Windows XP still... that was ok but I definitly do never ever want Windows 8! Well, maybe I''ll ask some questions in near future..! :D
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
well, it can be a bitch to put Linux on a machine that comes with Windows  8, because it uses something called EUFI (I think that's the acronym) but there are ways around it.

As for your laptop, there are a couple versions that are especially good for older machines too, so switching it over might be a good way to learn it before putting it on your main PC... look at Linux Lite, or Lubuntu, or a few others for versions that will work on older hardware.

A good resource is distrowatch.com, you can search all the known versions of linux (and there are hundreds) by various criteria, to find something that will work just right for you.

And yes, feel free to as me anytime about anything, if I don't know the answer, I will at least know where you can find the answer!
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M-i-t-c-h-e-l Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
My main pc ( I have 3 of them, but the one with W7 on it is a very good pc and works excellent, this one is not going online, so I do not care of that there  is W7 on it, I'll not change that...I use this pc for working and creating my fractal stuff and all the other things for hobby.... ) my Laptop is the only one that goes online, so I will have to real think about buying a new one, it is not sure how long it still will work since that weird noise, it gets real hot after a while and the sound when I start it, is getting on my nervs...lol... so putting LINUX on it is not an option anymore, I have to buy a new one, but it is very hard to find a store what sells you a Laptop without an operating system, they all just want your money...lol.... and if you go to an little pc freak store here, they maight sell one without an operating system, but expensive.... but no way, I'll plan on buying one next month...  I have an older pc left over, with also WindowsXP on it, maybe that would be an idea to put Linux on there, so I could try out if I get to work with it,  do I have to go online for that?, cause that pc is not online eather...can I load up Linux from a stick to a pc without being online with it? That would be a good way to find out if I can handle Linux...
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
One thing about the laptop... you may be able to clear the noise by taking it apart and cleaning it, especially the fan... Do a google search for how to disassemble that particular laptop model. there are usually good instructions about how to take one apart, but it is a touchy issue.

Yes, you can download Linux on one machine and put it on a flash drive or on a CD or DVD and load/install it that way. The only issue with using a USB Flash Drive it that the computer you are installing on is able to boot up from the Flash Drive (this has to e set in the system bios)

If you can't boot from the USB, you could download the ISO file and use a program like PowerISO to create a virtual DVD drive in RAM, load the ISO to that and maybe install that way, although burning a DVD or CD would be a much easier way to go. You need to have some type of ISO Image Burning software (a good free one is called ImgBurn) or you can burn it in Win7 simply by telling Windows to burn the Image and not a normal "file burn" Once it's on a CD or DVD, you can run Linux without installing it to try it out, or install it fully, and you can either opt to install Linux alone, or have it install along side Windows so you can choose which OS top start in at each boot up.
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M-i-t-c-h-e-l Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
Thank you Charles for you nice help and comments, I'll try to clean it, that was one of the first things I thought doing, but it is really an old laptop, so I don't know if it is worth it..and the idea to get a new one is already in my head..lol... Linux is really a good option and I'm planing on doing it! As soon as I start, I'll let you know and tell you my advances! :D I keep this journal in my fav folder, so I can read everything about how to get linux on my pc... and get back to you for questions I will have (for sure)! :D
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fraterchaos Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
great, and I'm glad to help!
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Well, linux needs a net connection for updates, but you surely can go with linux live for a trial on y PC without going online.
Did that with my laptop. That's a lenovo I bought whithout any OS on.
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M-i-t-c-h-e-l Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
I've just went to the homepage for lenovo, german homepage and the first thing that you read there is" Lenovo advertises for WINDOWS"..haha...I hate it! and when I've looked for a Laptop without OS they have some there...so I just called a store what sells them and all they told me was...no not in the moment...I called another store they also write in their Hompepage....no OS ! so I tried it there and all I hear again is...not in the moment...it seems like in Germany you can not buy a f..Laptop without OS... Well thank you for the help, I'll try it with the old pc, try to look at Linux live first, and if I need to get online for any reason I'll just connect my old pc to it... :-(  But I will not buy a laptop with W8! never ever:D
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Na ja, ich habe eins bekommen...

Well, I've got mine from campuspoint. They have a lot of options without an OS.
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M-i-t-c-h-e-l Featured By Owner Feb 21, 2014
:D man man, da hätte ich mal vorher auf deine Seite schauen sollen, dann hätte ich mir das englisch schreiben ja beinahe ersparen können... also das find ich ja cool! wenn du eines in germany bekommen hast, dann werd ich doch sicher auch eines bekommen...schön zu wissen, dass es das noch gibt...:D  so, die campuspoint seite hab ich angeschaut, leider in Bremen, zu weit weg, online bestellen ist nicht so mein Fall, aber jetzt kann ich wenigstens sagen, dass es das gibt und mich nicht abwimmeln lassen...Sehr hilfreich!Vielen Dank für diese Info, mein WE ist gerettet :D

Thanks for the information, it was very very helpful! :D
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OpiumSmoke Featured By Owner Feb 23, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Die Sprachen stehen in meiner Unterschrift :P
Viel Glück bei der Suche. Campuspoint kann ich auf jeden Fall empfehlen, da die sehr vernünftigen Service haben. Ich habe mein Laptop auch bestellt und der Mitarbeiter hat mich zig Mal angerufen um sicher zu stellen, dass es genau das ist was ich auch will. Und ich habe es abgeholt (wohne in Hannover). Als die dann angerufen haben und sagten, dass das Ding fast fertig ist, bin ich einfach aufgesprungen und hingefahren :D
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