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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Leveraging proprietary software at the expense of customers

Leveraging proprietary software at the expense of customers

I've posted a few articles on why using proprietary software can hurt or damage customers. Today, I ran into an experience with a software vendor who called regarding a software package that runs on Windows, that is used on about 40 Windows PCs, and explained that it will be out of upgrade support in 5 days.

published August 25, 2010 by

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Support pitfalls of proprietary software

Support pitfalls of proprietary software

Proprietary software and hardware that keep secrets behind closed doors can cause a lot of headaches. Proprietary software in particular is purposely kept secret by the organization in control of it, in order to give themselves leverage and also to "protect" the software, in their opinion.

published July 27, 2010 by

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Is your PC slowing down?

Is your PC slowing down?

Take anybody that uses a computer, and one of the most common topics of discussion is the fact that the PC keeps slowing down over time. But take a look at the root cause of the slowdown and you may discover some interesting finds.

published July 20, 2010 by

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Keeping things simple: the Linux kernel

Keeping things simple: the Linux kernel

One of the huge advantages I have found over the years when working with Linux machines, is the ingenious design of the kernel itself. What is amazing about it, is that all device drivers are either compiled into the kernel itself, or provided as loadable modules.

published July 16, 2010 by

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Linux: No bloatware, popups, and annoyances

Linux: No bloatware, popups, and annoyances

Just today I had to help somebody that had an annoying popup from the "HP Software Update", which would pop up about every 2 hours on his Windows XP PC. In addition, he could not get the popups to go away because his account runs as a restricted user (he would see an error saying that it could not disable them because he's not an administrator), and he did not know what to do.

published July 14, 2010 by

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