Windows or Linux

I use Linux on everything here, with one exception…. a netbook that came with WinXP pre-installed on it. I shrunk the win-doze partition and installed two versions of Linux on the drive in separate partitions. My main interests in this are to show others how easy and user-friendly Linux can be these days, right “out of the box”, and to encourage others to learn a new operating system.

Mind you….I’m not totally averse to microshaft’s large “monopoly”;  I just want something that works for me and does what I want instead of what some greedy corporation wants. I also want to pay for something once, and only once. When I pay for something, it’s mine, not somebody else’s, so I can do what I want with it, however I want, as many times as I want. Bill Gates, for some reason, seems to have a problem with that. If you don’t like it, get Linux or Unix and use one of them instead, or invent the next best operating system and do what you want with it. I’m not interested in re-inventing the wheel, so I use Linux.

I currently use the latest version of Puppy Linux for most of my computing. I also use Debian and Slackware, mostly for educational purposes, as mentioned previously. I’ve used other versions of Linux, as well as some of the BSD variants, but I’ve grown fond of these three, due to their ease of use and reliability. I would recommend one of the many Puppy variants (there are dozens) to the novice user, and perhaps Debian to someone more familiar to Linux. I wouldn’t recommend Slackware to any casual user. I’ve used it since the mid-90’s when it was much harder to install. FreeBSD was like this originally, but the newer versions are much more user-friendly these days. The main reason I wouldn’t recommend BSD or Slackware to a novice user is because their installation can be daunting to newcomers. A live CD or DVD is recommended to all newcomers.

I’ve noticed that I’m not the only one disappointed in the bloatware coming out of the west coast. See this rant:  Boycott Microsoft  by a guy who’s done some research on Microsoft’s practices, or this one: Three Dead Trolls.  Most impressive….comical, even. Personally, I miss DOS, but only because that’s what I started with, and I think that was one of the better systems that came from this company. Admittedly, we likely wouldn’t have the wonderful Linux variants we have today were it not for microshat’s business practices and buggy OS, but now we do have free choices, and lots of them.

Alrighty, then….you don’t want to stop using that familiar west-coast OS?  No problem. Get the latest version of Firefox and use that for your web browser instead of Explorer. While you’re at it, get the latest version of Thunderbird and use that for your email in place of microshat’s mail client. Both of these are easier to configure and way more secure than any windud-related product can ever dream of being. Wouldn’t hurt to put some add-ons into your new Firefox browser, either. I’ve used NoScript, DoNotTrackPlus, and PHZilla, but there are other add-ons that do the same things these do, and you’ll find them by clicking the <Tools> button at the top/left of your browser window followed by the <Add-ons> button. You’re free to choose or not choose whatever you want.

Now, then….what about other apps, like Office, or Powerpoint? I use Open Office, which includes Impress (powerpoint replacement). In fact, almost every common windoze program has an open source equivalent which is usually free, including upgrades. Now what was that excuse you had for sticking with expensive bloatware that draws malware infections like a french whore?

Finally, check out my previous post on Windoze Security to see how you can really tune or tighten up your machine to use less memory while closing any open doors or vectors for malware infection. You’ll also use less CPU time. Properly done, you may never need to run an antivirus program on your machine again. At least, not like you have been so far. Most run constantly in the background, taking up memory and CPU time. Instead, get a copy of ClamWin and run it about once a month, or whenever you notice any kind of glitch or slowdown in your machine’s behavior. Once you download and install it, update the virus definitions, then run it. Do I have to remind you to read the user guide?

Ok, then….”rant mode” OFF.
Enjoy….Mike

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