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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GNU/Linux software updates for the enterprise

GNU/Linux software updates for the enterprise

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.

published June 14, 2011 by

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Could Nouveau be the future for nVidia hardware?

Could Nouveau be the future for nVidia hardware?

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.

published June 7, 2011 by

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Observing reliability of journalling filesystems

Observing reliability of journalling filesystems

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.

published May 31, 2011 by

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Getting help with open source software

Getting help with open source software

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.

published May 31, 2011 by

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Good times with Fedora Linux upgrades

Good times with Fedora Linux upgrades

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).

published May 26, 2011 by

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Windows/Linux driver support comparison

Windows/Linux driver support comparison

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.

published April 7, 2011 by

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Virtual is the way to go

Virtual is the way to go

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.

published April 1, 2011 by

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