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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Microsoft burning the Open Source bridge

Microsoft burning the Open Source bridge

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.

published February 17, 2011 by

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Linux is a win-win for education

Linux is a win-win for education

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.

published January 25, 2011 by

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Which OS for life critical applications?

Which OS for life critical applications?

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.

published January 13, 2011 by

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Hidden costs of malware

Hidden costs of malware

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.

published December 20, 2010 by

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Embarrassed to recommend Microsoft software

Embarrassed to recommend Microsoft software

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.

published November 17, 2010 by

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SELinux, De-mystified

SELinux, De-mystified

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.

published October 20, 2010 by

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