Advice from Middle Aged Female Tech
Hollyecho Montgomery –
Women’s Computer Consulting
I have been in the industry and with my own company since 1994. In the entire time I have worked in this field it has been very few times any two techs ever agree completely. What advice I give here is based on my experiences, testing and what I know that works.
I am always about saving money, not spending on things you don’t need to.
Linux, the OTHER operating system……….
7 common myths busted
When it comes to operating systems people have always looked up to Windows and Mac OS as the
Why not Windows or Macs?
Ok, let us tackle the problems with Windows and Macs first. Windows, developed by Microsoft Corporation, is the Operating System with the largest market share. However, it is constantly marred with problems of viruses and malware, thank endless hackers and worm writers for that, Since Microsoft has 80% of the world share, that is what the hackers target. As for computers that come with Windows
Macintosh computers, they, unlike Microsoft, prefer to sell their software bundled with their own hardware. Apple ‘claims’ that their design,
After pointing out all the downsides of Windows and Macs, I come to the main point, that is, why should anyone switch to Linux. Besides, how good can an OS be if it completely free?
Myth 1: Linux is just for technical professionals
Linux is for everyone. While Linux based distributions like Ubuntu, Kubuntu (my favorite), Linux Mint and Fedora are developed with the
Myth 2 : Linux can’t handle Excel, Word, PowerPoint
Linux can handle all the major file formats when it comes to documents as it comes with a powerful opensource Office suite called Openoffice.org (soon to be replaced by Libreoffice) *both mentioned in my prior article* . So, apart from doing all the spreadsheets, presentations, and word processing out of the box, Linux can do tasks like publishing, image editing using only free and open source applications.
Myth 3 : Linux is free, so how can it be any good?
Many people think that Linux, because it is free, cannot be considered as a 'product', and thus, it may not be as good as Windows and Macs. This belief however, is completely wrong. Linux is the result of contributions by millions of users from all around the world, (thus called open source) and it is through their incessant efforts that Linux continues to be free.
Myth 4 : Desktops are dead, so is Linux
With the rapid emergence of smartphones, tablets and a myriad of handheld devices running powerful software’s, the popularity of desktops is slowly falling. However, this process is slow, and many have denied the fact that desktops will get replaced by devices like tablets; at least for the next 5 years. Consider for example, Android smartphones (which I use) which are rapidly overtaking Apple's iphones; these devices are running on Android Operating System which is based on … yes, you guessed it … Linux. Also when it comes to tablets, Android powered tablets have started appearing in the market ready to take on Apple's ipad. Finally, with the steady growth of Linux based netbooks, one can without any doubt, conclude that whatever happens to desktops, Linux isn't dead or dying; it is in fact, the future.
Myth 5 : But Linux can’t handle my favorite software XYZ which is
Linux maybe not be capable of running a particular program like Photoshop, but it does have a free alternative with equivalent features called Gimp. Gimp is available for Windows also; many such
Myth 6 : Linux can’t do gaming
Windows, unlike Linux and Macs can always boast of the thousands of games it is capable of running. However, that doesn't mean gaming is an Utopian concept to the Linux world. Many indie developers have started developing games for Linux , and of course many games that run on Windows work flawlessly on Linux thanks to software
Myth 7 : Linux lacks support.
While Microsoft and Apple both boast of an excellent support, Linux, by default doesn't offer any professional support. To make up for the lack of support, Linux offers multiple ways of seeking help; one such way is through forums .The Linux community is very large and simply posing a question in a forum, one gets a reply within a few minutes, sometimes longer. For the impatient ones, there is IRC; that is, internet relay chat, where many developers and users hang out to helping other users. If that isn't adequate, one can always buy professional support
Summing up, Linux installs on
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