« on: October 13, 2014, 05:12:42 PM »
I partially agree with OP's sentiments. My old Vista 32 laptop runs software my Win8.1 machine won't, some of which is important to me for astrophotography. When the left hinge pinched the video cable (common HP problem), I bought the Win8.1 laptop, then took my time and replaced the video cable in the Vista laptop, installed a SSD and made it a dual boot Ubuntu/Vista. It's now the laptop I take to the field for astro sessions. Ubuntu and Wine run *most* of what I want, but when needed I can boot into Vista for those programs that refuse to run properly with Wine. There may be a remedy but it's beyond my abilities. As a bonus, Ubuntu boots (and shuts down) faster than I can fart, and that's pretty darn quick. Great for when I just want to check email or peruse the latest DR argument on CR. Personally, I consider $10/month for always having the latest version of Photoshop a fair price, and Adobe has stated that Lightroom will always be available as a standalone version.