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, February 19, 2008

Resistance to change is a dead-end street

People get comfy doing tasks in a particular way. This comfort provides them with the security that they are the masters of their world. Resistance to change is a dead-end street. Old ideals and processes must be tossed aside so that new ones may be learned. It is not to say that all change is good but all change can be look at on a case by case bases. The problem is some of the things that cause people to fear change include a dislike of a disruption in their lives; meaning looking like a fool by not being able to adapt and learn fast enough, and they have a feeling of of control.

Change happens through a journey of discovery. The only pre-requisite for starting this journey of discovery is that you are willing to learn. If you realize that there is something there to learn, then you can learn it. If you realize that there are things you have not yet understood about yourself and about life, then you can understand them. What you will learn might be unexpected and surprising, but that is the nature of discovery.

Lets look at something. Does windows vista work for you? Its a question without a right a wrong answer. However, can success only be found there? There is a little thing out there called GNU/Linux. True it is not XP but is it impossible for something else not to be considered because its not identical to it. One must understand that a perfect copy may be equal, but it can never surpass. So when one looks at GNU/Linux distro in hopes that it would be better, many are inescapably hoping that it would be different. Too many people ignore this fact, and hold up every difference between the two OSes as a Linux failure. Some people just need to cling to the way certain things work, and many don't realize it. Friends of mine have tried to make the switch to Linux, only to be stopped because of one or two apps they are already familiar with in other incarnations are written only for the windows platform. The first step to success in Linux is learning to think in Linux. Take what you already know and redirect it to doing things the Linux way. Switching from Windows to Linux is like switching from a car to a motorcycle. They have two different approaches to fulfilling the same goal.

Linux is getting more mainstream exposure all the time. The biggest headache associated with most versions of Linux these days is the actual installation, but that's the case for any operating system, even installing Windows Vista from scratch on a machine can hit many snags just as much as installing a version of Linux. It's now being pre-installed by big guys like Dell and Lenovo. You even now can select among fantastically cheap computers that are perfectly adequate for the limited needs of most users. The $399 Eee PC subnotebook, Wal-Mart's $199 Everex Green PC, and even the Mirus Intel Celeron D desktop may not be super systems but they are universally affordable.

So whatever change you want in life keep your options open.What you will learn might be unexpected and surprising, but that is the nature of discovery.


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