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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Linux support for Macs still strong (as usual)

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.

published March 19, 2012 by

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Two Different Apples (of the past and present)

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.

published March 9, 2012 by

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Harnessing the power of SSH

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.

published March 5, 2012 by

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Retrieving data from a corrupt Windows NTFS drive

Retrieving data from a corrupt Windows NTFS drive

Many of us have probably dealt with a corrupt hard disk at some point or another, and may have experienced some data loss with it. This is unfortunate, and steps can be done in advance to prevent data loss, such as making sure a good backup is running properly.

published January 18, 2012 by

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Thoughts on Gnome 3 & Fedora 16 Linux

Thoughts on Gnome 3 & Fedora 16 Linux

Recently one of the people I've deployed Linux for came to me and wanted to purchase a new PC to replace a spare Pentium 4 PC they had sitting around that was still running Windows 2000. They had started to use the Windows 2000 PC after having it sit for a couple years, and soon found that it was not able to keep up with today's websites and other activities.

published January 16, 2012 by

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Replacing Proprietary Windows Software with GNU/Linux

Replacing Proprietary Windows Software with GNU/Linux

I've written recently about main points on migrating from Windows to GNU/Linux. Those reasons included one which pertains to the software included with the GNU/Linux distributions, and replacing those proprietary products with those on GNU/Linux that you will never need to re-buy or pay upgrades for again in the future.

published January 5, 2012 by

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Keeping temp folders clean

Keeping temp folders clean

I noticed that my home directory has been getting rather large and got me started on a cleaning process of all of the files within it. After some looking around, I discovered that one area has been building up temp files for quite some time all on its own.

published December 8, 2011 by

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Sorting out Red Hat Linux based distributions

Sorting out Red Hat Linux based distributions

Recently it was published by DistroWatch that the Linux Mint distribution has passed Ubuntu and is now considered the most popular. In order from most popular on down, this list at DistroWatch starts with Linux Mint, followed by Ubuntu, Fedora, Debian, and openSUSE.

published November 30, 2011 by

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