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Why I upgraded to linux!

Like many computer users I have heard about this free operating system thats better than windows and like many users, I tried Linux when it was still early in development circa: win 98/red hat 7. I installed this alien software and learned 2 things:

1: the command line was not for me
2: windows 98 was easier since i did not need to use command line.

Fast Forward to present day and my primary OS is Linux! Ubuntu to be exact. Linux has matured to an easy to use click and run setup, no longer needing the command line to get the simple things done, like connecting to the Internet! Why after sticking to windows till xp would I change over to Linux?

Filthy virus, spyware, malware and every other kind of ware turned me against windows! I am a lazy fella and personally I believe windows is for lazy people but when u spend so much time cleaning up after you use it, thats just to much work for me. So I needed something that would be virus proof, so I considered my options, Apple Mac with the excellent OS X or the free Linux.

Well since Apple Macs cost a fortune here in sunny South Africa, the next option was obvious but I still had an issue with Linux The dreaded command line! I mean why do I have to tell the OS how to connect to the Internet, where are the easy wizards that you just click next, ok and finish! So I hopped onto the Internet and did some research to see what options are available to a guy like me and found Ubuntu, the best part I did not have to download the iso, since bandwidth in SA is more rare than a white rhino, so I had them send me a bunch of cd’s.

I had an old 4gig drive collecting dust perfect for a test installation and the installation was the easy part cause as soon as it was done, I needed the command line to setup a PPPOE dial up to connect to the Internet! No way, that just put me off Linux again and I stashed the cd’s in draw!

I suffered with windows till edgy eft and by then I had upgraded my home network to include a linksys router. Since it did the connecting to the Internet, I should have no need to tell Linux how to connect to Internet So I asked PlayerOne to download the iso for edy eft for me. Burned a cd and installed it on my desktop. I was pleasantly surprised, no drivers where required for any of the hardware and since the wireless card worked, I was connected to the Internet!

And I found out while trying to get other stuff, that the dreaded command line is still a part of Linux, not a big part but still a part. But I was happy, so happy in fact that I installed Linux onto my notebook as well. And damn it worked just fine on that too! I can now surf the Internet and not have to worry about viruses, spyware and most other crap out there! Now if only Linux could do something about spam!


February 23, 2007 - Posted by | Everything else

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