Ran across this fascinating account of a Windows User’s foray into Ubuntu Linux.
For those of you who don’t know, Linux is a free operating system built around a Kernel (operating System core) written by a Finnish Student some years ago. Since then it has grown into a fully-fledged operating system, and in the last few years it has become easy enough for ordinary people to use and install.
I’ve been playing with various flavors (known as distributions or distros) for about four years on and off, and have been running a Linux box at home for the last year or so.
It doesn’t get much Mass-media press, mostly because Microsoft has enough money to bury them in FUD. I have yet to meet a single person that needs Windows Vista (or the hardware upgrade usually needed to run it), but it is difficult to find a computer manufacturer that still bundles XP and Windows 2000 – their best ever offering, in my opinion – is nearing the end of its supported life.
Ubuntu – a Swahili word that translates as “Humanity to Others” – is a distro that has been designed for the masses. Easy to install, easy to use, it comes with enough free tools and programs out of the box to keep most non-gamers happy. Web, Office Apps, e-mail are all there, free, gratis and for nothing, and many other apps are freely downloadable.
I found the title article to be a readable even-handed treatment, with none of the “love/hate” fanboy mentality that so often afflicts this arena.
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