One of the things I love about Linux is that it comes with a huge suite of software and utilities that can be very powerful. Some of these utilities go un-noticed or are not widely known.
The open source revolution
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.
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.
Software updates are one of the main areas of IT, mainly because of continuous security and enhancement updates. Microsoft usually releases a huge number of security updates each month, and even though they get criticised for this, GNU/Linux has a high number of updates as well, particularly Fedora which is treated as beta or cutting edge versions of free and open source software.
Recently it was announced that Microsoft has an agreement with nVidia that gives Microsoft the chance to match any offers of over 30% of nVidia's outstanding shares. This deal effectively allows Microsoft to keep nVidia from being taken over by anybody else other than Microsoft itself.
It seems like outbreaks of malware over the past year, have increased significantly on Windows platforms. And, so far, there seems to be no end in sight at the moment.
Recently I helped install a series of large digital displays that have Windows 7 boxes attached to them that send the video to the displays. When the project was started, we decided to use Windows 7 on the player boxes because it's the latest version of Microsoft's operating system.
One of the best things about open source, particularly those that adhere to the GNU General Public License (GPL) is that the code must be made available for the general public. This entire design has many benefits as described by the GPL's creator, Richard Stallman.
Fedora is a unique Linux distribution in that every 6 months a new version is released. And for those that are not aware, Fedora is sponsored by Red Hat, and is basically the beta or cutting edge version that is versions ahead of the more stable and established Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL).
Yesterday I had the task of installing Windows 7 with SP1 on an HP EliteBook 8460p. This is a new machine, with the Intel i5 processor and 4 GB of RAM.
Recently it was announced that the U.S. Department of Justice is going to end its oversight of Microsoft since 2001, beginning on May 12, 2011.
UI changes are inevitable, even open source software introduces changes. For instance, Firefox 4 was recently released and its interface has been reduced to the address bar and tabs, and some buttons, no menus.
This month marks the 20th birthday of Linux. Recently, Jim Zemlin, director of the Linux Foundation acknowledged the 20 years since Linus Torvalds began development of the Linux kernel.
From time to time, links will pop up on various Linux or open source related sites, pointing to articles written by Roy Schestowitz, mainly from techrights.org.
There have been debates of Windows and Linux over the years about supported hardware and device drivers. Mostly the debates have come down to these facts:- Support for hardware in Windows is excellent for hardware released around the same time for the version of Windows that it supports, since it is the dominant desktop OS and hardware manufacturers make sure that drivers are written.
Nowadays, going virtual can be a huge saver in the long run. You can run an older OS on new hardware for instance, and retain old applications that may not run on a newer OS.
Recently I wrote about another Windows to Linux migration that I recently tackled. This is the followup after the migration.