Monthly Archives: January 2012

Discovering Linux

Everywhere you look, it seems like you’re presented with two choices. Coke or Pepsi, Democrat or Republican, boxers or briefs. Always two choices…only two choices.

Tux has become the official mascot for Linux. Linux is a free operating system that's great for users looking to breathe new life into an older computer—and save a lot of money in the process. (Image © Larry Ewing/The GIMP)

It’s the same way with computers. There’s Windows and Mac, and beyond that…nothing. At least, everyone assumes there’s nothing. And so, when you decide your old computer has seen better days and it’s time for a new one, you head off to the nearest big-box retail store to fork over several hundred dollars for a new Windows computer. Or, if you’re a bit more hip, you might head to the nearest Apple Store, with its elegant atmosphere and iPad-toting employees, where you’ll fork over even more money for a computer (albeit a better one).

There’s nothing wrong with Windows or Mac. Both operating systems have their pros and cons, and for lots of people, both are more than adequate for everyday computing needs. However, most people don’t know that beyond Windows or Mac, there’s actually a third option. It’s fast, it’s secure, and best of all, it’s completely free—in more ways than just price. It’s called Linux. Read the rest of this entry