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, October 04, 2005

Fear not:Change

It's a hard fact that people fear change but there is one way to overcome this issue and that is education. Education means a little reading (imagine that). In addition, the training curve may not be as bad as you may suspect.Finding the right Linux distribution is not as difficult as you may think. Many distributions make the transition simple by providing the tools and interfaces with simple and recognizable formats.The first step in bringing your plan to life is to choose a distribution, the term used by Linux vendors to identify their particular packaging of Linux that fits your needs and will have the most flexibility to leverage the investment in hardware and software. You don't want to make a hasty decision and choose an operating system because it may be a name you know; choose a system that has the most flexibility and features that will benefit you .
Linux is arguably far more secure than Windows--something of concern to PC users everywhere. The Linux community regularly releases patches for security issues almost the same day that bugs are reported. Linux users also proudly claim that, to date, not a single virus outbreak has ever targeted this operating system.
The world of Linux is filled with free software some cool, some very forgettable. Generally speaking, Linux has a reasonably good equivalent to every major Windows package. While a Windows user might edit images in Adobe Photoshop, Linux users turn to The GIMP.Then theres Microsoft's word processor, spreadsheet, and presentation applications from the Office suite are mimicked quite well in OpenOffice and StarOffice on the Linux side.
There are still problems.Without more fixes to smooth the operation of apps and more support from the major hardware makers (many aren't writing Linux drivers for their products), Linux's mainstream use continues to be uncertain.But as more people to make the switch there can be more more spit-and-polish and Linux could become a top-tier operating system.
If your happy with WINDOWS and OS X, that is fine, they are great operating systems. However, if your looking for friendly, easy, affordable licensing plans (per family vs. per computer),this will save you hundreds of dollars as you purchase only one operating system for multiple desktop or notebook computers.
Last but not least, I will say that you can get every conceivable utility for Linux, most at no cost, but many can't match the best Windows or Mac apps. Premier Linux apps like StarOffice, and The GIMP still provide only a subset of the features found in Microsoft Office, and Adobe Photoshop. What they do offer is more than adequate unless you need one of the missing features.
So if you really need to install your favorite Windows productivity applications and plugins in Linux, then look to cross over office from CodeWeavers.


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