operating system of choice is Linux. I have been using Linux since 1993. Back then and over the next few years I ran into a number of people who told me Linux would never amount to anything. It sure feels good to be right! Linux has grown into a very capable OS which has really made an impact on the computing world.
Linux is FREE SOFTWARE. Free as in Freedom. I can inspect how it works internally, change it, give copies to my friends. Linus Torvalds wrote the Linux kernel but Richard M Stallman made it Free. I owe them both my career.
Linux lets me do things that other more common operating systems are incapable of doing and gives me more freedom than any commercially available operating system. It keeps no secrets from me and works with me to do what I want instead of against me to keep me from doing what some greedy corporation does not want me to do. It does not get viruses or spyware. And now with SE Linux it is probably the most secure OS the average person can get. I have never used virus scanners in over 10 years and have never had a problem. Linux is the fastest, most powerful, most flexible operating system available to the general public. And to top it all off, it is completely free and you are encouraged to give copies to your friends. No strings attached. But don't think of it as free as in you pay nothing. Think of it as free as in FREEDOM to do with it whatever you want. Those who know what is important realize how valuable that is.
It is definitely possible to be 100% Microsoft-free.
My Linux stuff
- Microsoft accuses Open Source Software of being 'Un-American'
- What, me? Radical?
- Why Linux kicks Windows ass
- Linux technology is far ahead of Microsoft
- What can Linux do for you?
- Linux can save your company $$$!
- A debate on the security of Open Source Software
Great Linux Links!
- linux.com - Great intro to Linux site
- Free Software Foundation - Why Linux is free!
- linux.org - Another great intro to Linux site
- KPLUG - San Diego's Linux Users Group
- Slashdot - Ultimate Linux/tech news site
- KDE - Easy to use graphical desktop environment
- Gnome - Another easy to use graphical desktop environment
- Freshmeat - Linux software to do anything
- Linux Documentation Project - Answers to all of your questions