Life without Windows or OS X

GNU/Linux is quite possibly the most important free software achievement since the original Space War, or, more recently, Emacs. It has developed into an operating system for business, education, and personal productivity. GNU/Linux is no longer only for UNIX wizards who sit for hours in front of a glowing console. Are you thinking about switching to Linux and want to learn how to use it? Have you been using GNU/Linux for some time and want to learn even more? This is the place for you.

Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Linux (Power to the people)

Windows is the OS that is used by the majority populace in the United States. It comes preinstalled on most consumer brand PC s, but is it the best OS? Well there is the Mac operating system that some use, is it better than Windows? Clearly fewer people utilize The Mac, but dose that make it mediocre? The cost of both systems is very high for poor people. I’m sure any new MS Windows will cost about $200 for its basic version and about $400 for a pro edition. MS would rather you purchase a new PC instead and make more money along with the computer manufacturers and retailers. Windows has dominated the desktop and laptop operating system scene for so long, it's easy to see why people might not realize that competition is still out there. I feel that the meager income that many are stuck with now days should not keep them out of touch with the tech revolution. I know that getting started with a new OS is a big adjustment. Sure, Windows can be annoying, yet most of us can't give it up entirely. For others looking for a low cost OS there is Linux, an operating system that evolved from a kernel created by Linus Torvalds when he was a student at the University of Helsinki. Generally, it is obvious to most people what Linux is, however, both for political and practical reasons, it needs to be explained further. To say that Linux is an operating system means that it's meant to be used as an alternative to other operating systems like MS-DOS, the various versions of MS Windows, Mac OS, Solaris and others. Linux is not a program like a word processor and is not a set of programs like an office suite. In some cases it can be used with other OS. There are many different versions of Linux. Unlike other commercial operating systems that are controlled by one company, Linux is free to distribute and use. Some are easier to use than others. I use Linux for the every day person. This is the type of Linux that is widely available. Microsoft makes its living selling people plain operating systems and have a lot to lose if Linux ever got popular with the masses. For that reason they have done everything in their power to warn the public that Linux is something that you probably don't want and don't need. But in reality, many Linux are just as easily installed and supports just as wide a range of hardware as Microsoft Windows does. So dont be fooled into paying a "High" price for very little.


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