Linux: Hasta la Vista, Microsoft!

Posted by salparadise on Aug 30, 2007 12:32 PM EDT
The Independant; By Jimmy Lee Shreeve
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It's faster than Windows, it fights viruses – and it's free. (Ok, Ok, I know some of you are already reaching for the keyboard to rattle off a correction. Stay thine hand a little longer and read on...)

"Unless you use an Apple Mac – or you're a particularly dedicated geek – your computer almost certainly runs a version of Microsoft Windows. There's little choice in the matter; almost all consumer PCs come with Windows already installed. Can you be bothered to change that?"
But now, this stranglehold has been broken. Dell, one of the global giants that supplies businesses and homes with PCs, is selling some of its PCs with Linux, a rival operating system, already installed.
Linux makes your computer run quicker, it doesn't crash, it doesn't catch anywhere near as many viruses, and it's free. For a decade, it was available only for people to install themselves. But now, the geek's favourite is coming to the masses.



This is a pro Linux story in one of the UK "broadsheet" papers (they're called broadsheets to distinguish them from the tabloids - the journalistic styles and contents are at opposite ends of the scale. Tabloids for porn/loan ads, sport and the most awfully written, often racist, misinformed propaganda and the broadsheets for the middle class equivalents).



There are some dangerously simple assumptions in this article and it appears to have been written by someone with less than perfect understanding of Linux and IT in general. Never-the-less it's publicity and not bad publicity at that.



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