Chris Clay

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.

Latest Posts

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).

May 22, 2012 by Chris Clay

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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.

May 8, 2012 by Chris Clay


Further lessons of closed source software

Recently I was on the task of getting some scripts together for handling FTP commands to run several time a day to move files around. Unfortunately, the platform that was already in place is a Windows 2008 R2 server.

April 24, 2012 by Chris Clay


Linux support for Macs still strong (as usual)

Recently I've had the pleasure of digging out a couple of old Mac computers to demonstrate to a few family members out of curiosity. I am definitely a believer in educating the next generation on computing of the past, and how we got from there to where we are today.

March 19, 2012 by Chris Clay


Two Different Apples (of the past and present)

Normally Microsoft is on my radar but lately I've been seeing events regarding Apple and some of them bug me. Two very recent stories came out:Apple caught in a price fixing scheme for e-booksApple threatens to sue bankrupt KodakThese moves are very Microsoft-like.

March 9, 2012 by Chris Clay


Harnessing the power of SSH

One piece of software I regularly use on various systems is SSH. It is a very powerful and useful protocol for remote and encrypted connectivity internal or external to your network.

March 5, 2012 by Chris Clay


Another Windows XP to Fedora 16 Linux migration

Recently I've had the pleasure of replacing yet another Windows XP computer with Fedora Linux (version 16). The user is a relative of mine, and finally became tired of dealing with malware every month or so by simply browsing the web.

February 17, 2012 by Chris Clay


Fact: Open Source Software saves money

I've hit on this subject many times, where open source software for business can rise over proprietary software.Just today, I ran across an experience with Microsoft Excel.

January 31, 2012 by Chris Clay