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.

Monday, February 18, 2008

my first real post of 2008

If your your seeing this site for the first time. This is not a place just for geeks. Its for those who like computers or computer software. I've been working with computers for a little while. Well not sure what to really post this time. Well I do enjoy using Gnu/Linux. I know many others use it as well.

So I will ask are you ready to switch from the Windows 9x, 2k, XP, Vista world to Linux? Well I will say in many ways Linux is technically superior to Windows 9x and even Windows NT (I know many people have never used NT).

Here are things to keep in mind... These are the main differences between DOS/Windows and Linux

  • Windows runs Microsoft Office
  • Has lots of games
  • Can be bought pre-installed at most retailers
  • Is notoriously unstable; performs poorly; crashes are frequent.

  • Linux runs OpenOffice,
  • scores of technical software
  • fewer games
  • can not be bought pre-installed at most retailers
  • Is rock solid; performs impeccably; crashes are extremely rare.

When a company releases a product, they first ensure Microsoft compatibilty followed possibly by Apple. If there is time and the company cares, they will consider Linux last. That's not a Linux problem in itself, there is no technological reason why Linux would not able to run those apps many would mention. The companies simply don't release a Linux ver. of them - and there would be legal issues in most cases if it were to be reverse engineered and made to run, thats why you things like Photo Shop CS3, Amazon MP3 Downloader, or Turbo Tax wont run.

The new year has brought a new release of the Knoppix live CD. With this CD, can run GNU/Linux right of the CD ROM. In other words... you get an opportunity to check advances and new features not available Windows world without having to install anything and breaking a perfectly good installation. Recent versions of both Windows and Mac OS X have largely been focused on “eye candy” and visual/interactive improvements rather than revolutionary new features. The most noticeable change in Knoppix live CD version 5.1.1 is the inclusion of the Beryl 3-D desktop “eye candy”with the Emerald theming engine.


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