Linux the Free Windows Alternative
|Linux may be free - but is it easy?|
Price, operating system stability, and a dislike of Microsoft have been the driving reasons for moving to Linux. Microsoft has changed their price and licensing structure to squeeze more cash out of their customers and lock them in even tighter to Windows without improving the security and stability of their operating systems. There has been a decided backlash from companies, governments and individuals who are fed up with Microsoft, and ready to break free from Windows.
If it were not for the questions about Linux ease of use and Linux software availability, Microsoft Windows might be well on the way to extinction. In my opinion, Microsoft felt that they could impose higher prices and more restrictive licenses because they knew that people felt Linux was too difficult to install and use and that Linux lacked the productivity software that people needed. I think Mr. Gates remembered the Linux of five years ago, and forgot to take a good look at the Linux of today.
The following are some of the old misconceptions about Linux:
Even as easy as Linux has become, if you are a complete computer novice you will probably need help. However, if you are comfortable installing Windows and getting things setup the way you want them, you won't have much trouble getting Linux up and running. There is a learning curve, even for Windows gurus, but there is enough information and help from Linux users on the Net to get you up to speed. When computers with Linux pre-installed become common, there will be little or no barrier for even the novices.
If you want to try Linux without leaving the safety of Windows, there are several ways to do it. Stay tuned for the next article to find out how.