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
My thoughts on 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 like GNU/Linux. All articles are based on real world and everyday experiences with Windows and GNU/Linux, for both business and personal use.
After administering Linux and Windows for over 17 years in multiple environments, my focus of this blog is to document my adventures in both operating systems to compare the two against each other. Past and present experiences have shown me that Linux can replace Windows and succeed in a vast variety of environments. Linux has proven itself many times over in the datacentre and is more than capable for the desktop.
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.