It looks like Microsoft is at it again, on its attacks against open source and GNU/Linux. This time, Microsoft is using the leverage of software patents.
The open source revolution
My thoughts on why businesses and individuals need to start thinking about switching away from proprietary (and high maintenance) software like Windows, and look at open source and free software instead like GNU/Linux. All articles are based on real world and everyday experiences with Windows and GNU/Linux, for both business and personal use.
I have been a systems administrator of both Windows and Linux systems for over 15 years, in a wide variety of environments ranging from educational institutions to large enterprises. 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. In 2008 I successfully migrated all of my personal machines from Windows XP to Fedora Linux after seeing Linux succeed for many years for businesses, and have worked with family and friends to help them migrate as well. The experience has been astounding. 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 and doing research about the two and their vast differences.
I've worked with Dell systems since 1997. Over these years, my general experience with Dell has been a positive one, with an occasional hiccup here and there with bad support, faulty hardware, etc.
It's been said over and over again, that Linux is one of the most secure operating systems today. And, it's been proven over and over that it is quite secure.
Over the years, Linux has lacked a good all-around desktop publishing application. Well, those times are over.
A couple of years ago the topic came up about a few successful attempts at getting a Windows refund with a new PC. In each case, the customer used their favorite version of Linux, and had no desire to run Windows at all.
Everybody has probably at one time had to deal with licenses for proprietary software. We all know they can be a huge headache.