Transitioning to Linux - Own your computer.Submitted by Regnad Kcin on Sun, 06/22/2014 - 00:55
The main advantages of Linux over Windows are its speed and stability. There is also the possibility of gaining complete control of your computer.
Linux is the perfect operating system for those who want to take control of their computers.
Windows is slow.
Windows frequently hangs.
Linux is fast and stable.
It is also secure.
It used to be indeed that the software you want to run was not available for Linux.
Now there are software packages, all of them FREE, most of them Open Source, that are actually superior to what is available from Microsoft.
Let's take for example Microsoft Office.
Now there is Libre Office. (all Libertarians should use Libre Office)
Libre Office does what Microsoft Office can do and much more.
You can open edit save your Microsoft Office documents and spreadsheets and powerpoints with Libre Office.
There are versions of Firefox and most other familiar programs for Linux.
The graphics under Linux are superior to anything I know of in Windows.
Now, there are some programs and some devices that specifically require Windows, unfortunately. For such cases, I have set my computers to dual-boot, meaning that if I have to use Windows for some reason, I just reboot the machine and start in Windows instead of Linux. Two keypresses, that's it. In my case, I have Win7 (*blech*) as my windows version, because I can't get XP drivers for some of my hardware. [Linux found and setup all of my hardware at installation]
The Learning Curve?
You Will learn more about your computer if you use Linux.
That is not a bad thing, and it is not difficult.
There are many different "distributions" (distros) of Linux.
The one I use is Slackware 14.1 - It is quite suitable for me and it is fast lightweight and stable. It is perhaps more technical than some other distros like Ubuntu or Mint. I taught my 14 yr old son to install and maintain it in just a few minutes.
You might want to start with one of the versions recommended for newbies such as Ubuntu, Mint, or maybe Salix. Slackware does require a little bit of study to use, but it is straightforward and performs exactly as stated. Slackware is the oldest existing distro of Linux and it is well-supported by a robust user community
The fact that Microsoft is fully cooperative with the US government agencies that want to spy on you and control you is yet another reason to give Linux a try.
Linux offers you more power and more control. It's free and generally open source.