When we have free will, why not use a free operating system?
It has been a while since I have written here but I promise to be regular from now on. Something that has been disturbing me since quite some time is - Why are we not using Linux? Considering the advantages for geeks as well as non-geeks, Linux should be at a preference over the traditionally popular propreitary operating systems.
I personally have been a Linux user since quite some time now, even though I was not comfortable with the command line interface. I used KDE then and use GNOME now. Most people are still living in the misconception that Linux simply means a command driven shell. This is absolutely wrong! Linux is not even that. Linux, technically speaking is the kernel. The core. You cannot see Linux at work. What you see is only an interface, command line or GUI. A user is not meant to see the operating system anyways. He only sees Applications.
Did you know that Linux is so flexible, it supports every architecture? Even the game consoles!
Getting back to the point, it is painful to see companies forcing people to buy operating systems from them. In the free world today, should we be forced to buy anything? I don't think so. Can anyone force you to visit the toilet? I don't think so. Then why in the world are we being force to buy software that we do not need along with the hardware? The answer is simple. It's called unethical marketing practices. Large software companies are paying the hardware vendors to force their product on the consumer, who is being fooled into buying 'bloatware' at abnormal prices. Focusing on optionally additional costs, in our proprietary operating system, some applications need to be bought. These may include Archive managers, Anti-viruses that actually work, etc.
Let us calculate the price of software for an organisation whose employees are supposed to access their emails, use office suites, and similar tasks.
Suppose a company has 100 workstations and loads the popular bloatware operating system on it, along with the office suite. Even if you buy the supposedly inexpensive OEM license, the cost comes up to about $45,000. An average office machine to run these tasks would cost $500, which comes up to $50,000. Adding the price of the software and the hardware the total cost reaches a whooping $95,000. Anti-Virus and other packages extra. So we end up paying double, when we can actually get the software for free (yes, legally!), skip the cost of the Anti-Virus and office suite and get a much more stable performance. How? One word - Linux. Not only do you get the software, you re also allowed to get the source code. When you buy a proprietary software, you do not get the source code, you are not allowed to copy it, lend it or redistribute it. Linux license - the GNU, on the other hand encourages you to redistribute, make copies and lend. Just a one time setup and you have comfortable stable workstations for as long as you want. Even if you do go for the paid support, it doesn't cost much, since, you do hire a system administrator anyways.
For a normal user who wants to browse the Internet, listen to music, watch movies, check his email, use office suite, etc., it makes complete sense to shift to a Linux based distribution, like Ubuntu (they even ship free installation discs). It is not difficult to use, really. How do I know? I requested my mom (who has no knowledge of computer usage) to sit on my Ubuntu box an then on a Windows box. I swear I am not making this up, she was comfortable on the Ubuntu box but lost on the WIndows box!
The concepts in Windows are really messed up. You need to press Start to shut it down! Where is the logic? You open My Computer and instead of information about your computer you see drives. What if I want my drive to be mounted in some other location? What if I do not wish to install an anti-virus? We are paying for absolute horse****. Bulky and useless.
It is time folks, that we do some thinking.