Recently I've had the pleasure of replacing another Windows computer for a relative, with Fedora Linux. This one is running Windows 2000 and the system is riddled with problems.
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.
Microsoft has a deep history of trying to undermine open source software, and companies that use open source software. Companies that use the GNU/Linux operating system and supporting software have been targeted with various software patent lawsuits.
Articles on the use of Linux for educational purposes have come up frequently, some focus on the use of Linux in educational institutions. Often times, these institutions are looking to save as much money as possible, and using Linux can be a good option for just that reason.
Recently I was a guest at a local hospital for a few days, staying with a relative. All over, they had portable PC stations using HP mini desktops mounted to portable stands on wheels, with LCD displays and pullout keyboard trays.
More and more as I've had to help support Windows 7 64-bit, I've been encountering more and more hardware that is not supported. This is partially because the move from 32-bit to 64-bit is dependent on drivers being written for the appropriate platform.
Often times in the business world we need to look at total cost of ownership, for Information Technology. While this is very important to run an efficient business, one thing that is hard to guage are the hidden costs that are not as easy to detect and notice.
One of the really nice things I love about Linux is that it can be upgraded from version to version of most mainstream distributions. This means that ideally, a system can be kept up to date over time while preserving settings.
A few times in the past I've been caught recommending Microsoft products, only to have it come back and bite me when things don't work properly. Recently I had this experience once again, when I recommended the use of offline files in Windows 7.
More and more articles have been appearing on the EXT4 filesystem. In fact, the article that really caught my eye was one recently regarding the speed of using EXT4 on flash media.
Are you in a habit of disabling SELinux, because it seems to break things? That seems to be the first reaction, as the first impression of SELinux is that it's just a troublemaker that stops tasks and causes access denied errors.
Well it seems Microsoft is at it again with trying to spread fear, uncertainty, and doubt against open source software. But wait, I thought they "loved" open source?
It's getting close to Halloween but the Command Line shouldn't be something that you are spooked about. The good old command line has been around for ages.
Market share trends are interesting reports to watch, as they are a good forecast of where things are going. Once trends start to gain momentum, they have a tendency to stay on that path.
Often times when something just works, we tend to take it for granted. I think software package management in Linux is one of those things.
Recently around September 9th, it was announced that Broadcom was finally going to open up the source code for its drivers of its wireless chipsets to the Linux community. This is a huge step in the right direction.