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[News] Person Explains Why GNU/Linux is Better and Another Explains How It's Different

  • Subject: [News] Person Explains Why GNU/Linux is Better and Another Explains How It's Different
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 04:32:35 +0000
  • Followup-to: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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A question asked - why I use Linux

,----[ Quote ]
| This is a long and drawn out answer. It isn't 
| a simple question.
| I've been using computer systems for more 
| than twenty years, from micros to mainframes, 
| so I'm no beginner. I was in on Microsoft 
| operating systems from DOS 3.2 and I dabbled 
| with Linux for a number of years. It was only 
| recently that I made the full switch.
| The drive towards Linux has been partly 
| because of what Linux offers, but more 
| because of what Microsoft doesn't, or rather 
| how their company works. Apple are the same.


How Linux Differs from Windows 

,----[ Quote ]
| Since churches and ministries are always 
| looking for ways to save money, learning as 
| much as you can about free computer software 
| alternatives is a good idea. Operating 
| systems like Windows Vista and Ubuntu Linux 
| do pretty much the same things, but in 
| different ways.
| Cost and licensing
| Linux operating systems are published under 
| open source licenses that make the source 
| code available to everyone. Microsoft 
| products, including Windows Vista and XP, are 
| protected by copyright and other intellectual 
| property laws. As for cost, most Linux 
| distributions are free and can be used on an 
| unlimited number of computers. Windows 
| operating systems are expensive, and legally 
| each license can only be used on one 
| computer.



Licensing Woes of Proprietary Software

,----[ Quote ]
| Don't get me wrong, migrating away from any
| proprietary application can be very time
| consuming and costly. However, in the big
| picture, migrating to open source software
| will save in the long run. The migration is a
| one-time move, after that move is done no
| more upgrades and licenses need to be
| purchased ever again. There are also many
| many other bonuses to using open source
| software that will add up over time. Open
| source software is free as in freedom, and is
| developed by the community, not a single
| entity behind closed doors.


The Windows 7 License can make you love free software

,----[ Quote ]
| Personally, my reaction was revulsion. I
| never have thought much of a EULA that you
| cannot agree to until you open the
| software, but this EULA sinks to depths I
| never anticipated -- and, in doing so,
| suggests a desperate attempt to stay in
| control in the face of overwhelming odds.
| If these are the measures that Microsoft
| has to take to protect its business model,
| then the triumph of free software can't be
| far away.
| Meanwhile, when I finished my
| investigations, I deleted Windows 7 and
| returned to the sanity of free software
| with a profound sigh of relief.

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