Chris Clay Clay

I have been a systems administrator of both Windows and Linux systems for over 17 years, in educational institutions, enterprises, and consumer environments. Throughout the years running Linux and Windows side by side, I have seen Linux countless times surpass Windows in performance, reliability, cost savings, and more recently user experience. The power of Linux and open source software is one that cannot be ignored by businesses or individuals, and has been making waves in the world of proprietary software and Microsoft. From multiple frustrations of using Microsoft products and seeing open source products excel over them, I have drawn an interest in writing more about my adventures in both, and doing research about the two with their vast differences. Today I administer and consult for both Linux and Windows, but prefer Linux on systems that I personally use. I run Linux on the desktop and have migrated family and friends as well from Windows to Linux with astounding results. The blog documents my observations along the way.

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Raspberry Pi: 11 reasons why it's the perfect small server

Raspberry Pi: 11 reasons why it's the perfect small server

The Raspberry Pi has found its way in to the hobbyist market for computing, but it is also very capable for other business and personal use as well. An extremely low power draw, small form factor, no noise, solid state storage, and other features make it an attractive solution for a small and lightweight server.

published January 16, 2014 by

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Why I said goodbye to the Gnome Desktop

Why I said goodbye to the Gnome Desktop

It's finally time for me to leave the Gnome Desktop, thanks to Gnome 3. Fortunately for me, the MATE desktop is a continuation of the Gnome 2 Desktop, and as of Fedora 18, is integrated into the Fedora repository; it's also fairly easy to install.

published February 5, 2013 by

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Gnome 2 (aka MATE), Welcome back to Fedora

Gnome 2 (aka MATE), Welcome back to Fedora

I am still running Fedora 14 on some machines, and I have been holding off on upgrading to a newer version of Fedora ever since, all because this was the last version of Fedora to have Gnome 2. I've deployed some PCs since, with Fedora 16 and Gnome 3 and have enabled Fallback Mode for those users to retain the familiar menu system and desktop of Gnome 2.

published June 27, 2012 by

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Fedora gets its plans together for UEFI Secure Boot

Fedora gets its plans together for UEFI Secure Boot

Those of us using GNU/Linux have probably heard about the UEFI Secure Boot scheme and how it demonstrates Microsoft's strong grasp on PC hardware vendors. If you are not quite sure what UEFI Secure Boot is yet, I highly advise reading up on it as new PCs will begin to have this feature enabled by default in the near future to comply with Microsoft's requirements for Windows 8.

published June 5, 2012 by

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Firefox rapid release improves Fedora Linux

Firefox rapid release improves Fedora Linux

When the rapid release schedule was first announced for Firefox last year, I was not a fan at all at first. My main reason or complaint was that in the past, each version of Firefox was somewhat "locked" to each distribution of Fedora (and other Linux distributions as well).

published May 22, 2012 by

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GNU/Linux on the Desktop: Triumphs and Tragedies

GNU/Linux on the Desktop: Triumphs and Tragedies

I've posted many times about moving users from Windows to GNU/Linux, and of the successful migration experiences with it over the past several years. However my latest migration ended up failing, and I ended up having to return the user back to Windows XP mainly for a game that refused to work in Wine and VirtualBox, and would crash on startup in both scenarios.

published May 8, 2012 by

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