Here is a thought for you. Ask your average user what is a computer and there is a good chance the answer will be Windows. You see Windows and computers have become intertwined to such an extent that the average user doesn’t know anything different. Some might know about Mac but here is another one – Linux.
Linux is open source, that is all the code is freely available to anyone who wants it. You can modify it to your hearts content but you must also make your code freely available to anyone else that wants it. This provides a vibrant community where all the best ideas get used and the poorer ones get left at the wayside.
But what about all my applications like Microsoft Office? Linux has literally thousands of applications available. If you use Microsoft Office then try Open Office or AbiWord. If you use Internet Explorer then try Firefox. You see you can accomplish almost everything on Linux that you can on Windows. I say almost everything. For instance ITunes does not work on Linux (I have never been able to get it to work but will stand corrected if someone else can).
So why should you try Linux?
1. It is free. There are no licence fees. You can install Linux as many times as you want without having to pay a fee every time.
2.No Viruses. That is not totally true. There is a miniscule amount of viruses around for Linux but nothing compared to Windows. Most viruses are written for Windows.
3. Customize. You can change almost every part the operating system to suit your own purpose (if you choose) or leave it as it is.
4. It is stable. You will spend less time fixing your system than you will with Microsoft Windows.
5. Easy to use. I use Linux Mint 12 which is very stable, easy to use and I would recommend it to anyone as a desktop system.
Check out www.distrowatch.com for all available downloads for Linux. So there you have it. Welcome to the world of Linux. Why not give it a try?
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