I love open source software. I use an entire suite of open source applications every day, to do everyday tasks.
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.
After administering Linux and Windows for over 17 years in multiple environments, my focus of this blog is to document my adventures in both operating systems to compare the two against each other. Past and present experiences have shown me that Linux can replace Windows and succeed in a vast variety of environments. Linux has proven itself many times over in the datacentre and is more than capable for the desktop.
A few days ago I commented on the browser wars between Internet Explorer and Firefox. These wars are getting more heated as Mozilla and Microsoft are both coming out with newer and more feature full browsers.
One of the hottest topics today is Internet browsing. New versions of both Firefox and Internet Explorer have been appearing more rapidly in recent years.
Recently I posted on the subject of the Windows Tax refund from Dell. Clearly there is a problem with Dell's product offering.
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.
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.