Friday, September 10, 2010

Computer Operating Systems: To Free, or Not to Free

Don't fix it, if it isn't broken! * Bigger is Better! * You get what you paid for! * Says it's made for XP! * It came with the computer!
On & on...

Ubuntu 9.04, Desktop 1 of 4

Every one of these thoughts could be true, but when it comes to computers, (In My Opinion=IMO) have a good argument for, "Think Again".

Let's just stand back, think outside the box, and take a closer look at some of these notions.

Docks are all showing, Desktop 1 of 4

"Don't fix it, if it isn't broken!"  Have you noticed any of those commercials on TV, wanting to sell you software to help fix your SLOW or PROBLEMATIC computer?  They are just (in a way) adding to the problem.  What I have noticed, is as time goes on, the virus like threats, become greater & greater.  This means you need more protection & maintenance.  This goes right along with the next one.

Desktop 2 of 4, also called Workspaces

"Bigger is Better!"  Your Computer can only do so many things at a time.  So, the more it has to do, the slower it will get.  This also applies to the new computers being sold at our local retail stores.  New computers are loaded with lots of bloat.  Everything from free trial software to the bulky code of the actual operating system.  Every time we add more software, (ie. like an office package) our hard drive gets fuller & the computer is, (IMO), likely to run slower.

Upper dock is open, Desktop 3 of 4

"You get what you paid for!"  This is one of my favorites.  You can't compare software that's free, against stuff you buy.  We the people, (users) have been programed!!!  The days of unreliable FREE software are over.  (Here I am comparing top notch FREE software, NOT, the beginner programmer stuff.  Note: we all learn to craw, before we learn to walk, so I'm NOT, bashing the less experienced programmers, but the competition does help to improve the quality.

Bottom menu, Desktop 4 of 4

"Says it's made for XP! / It came with the computer!  These days, you can, (if you try) actually buy some computers with a choice of operating systems.  It's true (IMO), that some computer devices will work with some computers and not others.  What's up with that?  Well, if you were a programmer, and wanted to, or was limited to write for only one vendor, who would it be?  It would most likely be the one with the most users, right?

A few open applications, Desktop 2 of 4

OK, It's true.  I am a big fan of Linux.  I prefer the Gnome based Ubuntu.  And really like the extra things that, "THEE MAHN" (programmer/artist) has done to further enhance Ubuntu with his flavor/version called "Ultimate Edition".  Ultimate Edition 2.7 being the current release version, as of this writing. (08/10/2010)  This is based on Ubuntu 10.04 LTS.  (Long Term Support)

Rotating my desktops, (eye candy)

Also, as far as getting viruses and the like goes, I for one, no longer have to keep looking over my shoulder.  That also goes for the many family & friends that have had me rebuild their computer, to get rid of bugs & viruses and have changed or added Ubuntu to their computer, using it while on-line.

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