I’m a Linux user, and I want to help others use Linux. My computing experience began with Windows–learning DOS on TANDY machines until Windows 3.1 and kept right on going thru to XP. I don’t own any computers with Vista or Windows 7.
Once I started using Linux (circa 2003) I have not looked back, nor given up on it no matter what kind of learning curve or “quirks” came my way. I’ve used Linux as a single-boot machine as well as a dual-boot machine with Windows XP and (more recently) Mac OS-X on a MacBook.
I have a somewhat “lofty” goal of trying to get major institutions (such as schools) to switch to Linux as I feel the document-creation and editing compatibility (w/other Operating Systems) is better than ever.
Switching to Linux can save you money for a few reasons:
- Linux runs on many computing platforms. Both old, and recent hardware, is usually supported.
- You can use your old computer instead of being forced to buy a new one.
- The Linux Operating System, like much of the software you will add to the machine is free to use and modify so long as you understand and respect policies such as GNU General Public License or “GPL” which discusses “free” both in price and freedom to distribute your version of the software. If you don’t plan on re-engineering software then this (most likely) won’t apply.
- While you “can” run an antivirus program on Linux, you don’t necessarily “have to”. Imagine not having to worry about viruses, spyware, malware, trojans, etc.
- Linux (once you get the hang of it) can save you a lot of time in getting your work done.
- Linux has just as much capability to play and edit audio and video files.
- Linux allows a vast array of “choices” for users to customize their computing environment.