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Re: Reasons for Choosing Ubuntu GNU/Linux and More

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____/ Rex Ballard on Friday 25 Jun 2010 16:16 : \____

> On Jun 25, 8:46 am, Moshe <goldee_loxnbag...@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Fri, 25 Jun 2010 13:43:37 +0100, Roy Schestowitz
>> wrote:
>> > Why did I choose to use Ubuntu
> Yes, Moshe, these are great reasons for giving up Windows.
>> I dunno, but here are my guesses:
>> 1. Stupidity
> Yep - Microsoft does try to keep people very stupid.  Most people
> don't even read the End User License Agreement, and even those who do
> can't interpret it correctly.  The "Plain English" license lets you
> think it means what you want it to mean, but if you know what it
> really meant, you would never agree to the license terms.
>> 2. Herd mentality (Ubuntu = Linux, we all "know"that).
> Yep - Microsoft uses everything from yapping dogs (bloggers) to cattle
> prods (legal threats and lawsuits) to make sure that that their
> "sheep" don't stray.  Microsoft spends $billions in advertising, legal
> fees, settlements, and penalties - to legally and illegally prevent
> the display of any major competitor's product - especially Linux - on
> retailer shelves.  Microsoft has shown that "Crime does pay" - in
> fact, it can be very profitable.  It's now the lesson being taught to
> executives in the Oil industry, the Banking industry, and the health
> care industry.  Executives are now expected to decide which crimes can
> be settled for less than the amount of revenue and profit generated
> from the illegal activity.
>> 3. A love of pain.
> Yes, the pain of Windows crashing, the pain of applications crashing,
> getting infected by a virus, numerous long pauses where the screen
> just locks up, and the pain of having to copy-paste content from one
> application to another - manually.
>> 4. Too much time on your hands.
> Yes, Linux does make you so much more productive that you do have a
> bit more time for the things you really enjoy.  After all, it's so
> easy to script those repetitive tasks, set up cron jobs, and be able
> to store information in formats that make them accessible to multiple
> applications - because they adhere to publicly documented and publicly
> available at no charge - standards.
>> 5. Your time has no value.
> When you use Windows, you are expected to make up lost productivity
> caused by Windows failures, virus infections, malware, information
> overload, and upgrades - using unpaid overtime.  You are also expected
> to do more business travel, to drive to where the Windows computers
> are, and to meet face-to-face more often - all of which is generally
> "on your own time".
> With Linux, you can use your Linux PC to remotely access Linux and
> Unix servers, manage them securely.  You have superior collaboration
> tools, you have servers built into your desktop, and you can share
> screens using a number of different sharing technologies.  As a
> result, you can work from home, work from a local office, have to do
> less travel, and can spend more time doing the things you love.  For
> some - that might even include supporting Open Source software.
>> 6. You like a challenge.
> Yes, There is nothing more exciting than that amazing challenge that
> always seems to occurr when Windows/Office seems to trash your
> deliverables - often hours before the deadline - for any number of
> mysterious reasons.  Linux seems to provide a different challenge -
> we've done what was requested - how can we continue to add value in
> the time we have left?
>> 7. Fitting square pegs in round holes is your hobby.
> Yes, Microsoft never met a standard that it liked.  Actually,
> Microsoft considers adding "enhancements" and "new features" to
> industry standards - so that ONLY Windows can use them, to be a key
> strategy in maintaining it's monopoly.  This means that you need some
> integration techonoly to get your Windows laptops to interface to the
> corporate information systems - especially the Unix and Mainframe
> systems.  For many companies, the simplest solution was to eliminate
> Windows as much as possible, and use only a Web Browser interface that
> is compatible with both Internet Explorer and FireFox.  Many companies
> are also now testing their applications with Apple's browser and
> Google Chrome as well (though Chrome seems to have no problems with
> applications that run on FireFox.
> Even when you don't work for a large corporation, you often need to
> purchase from one, or your customers are large corporations.  Creating
> Windows-only proprietary applications that have to be downloaded by
> those customers, and installed - so that you can have a special GUI
> interface - tend to go over like a turd in the bunch bowel at a
> wedding.
>> 8. It "rulez"
> Yes, that Microsoft monopoly can be a big problem.  Microsoft uses
> that monopoly to collect all sorts of information from customers.
> This information can be used to target competition, help Microsoft
> expand their monopoly to new markets before competitors and third
> parties can establish substantial market share, and can be leaked to
> the press to destroy the careers of politicians, prosecutors,
> corporate rivals, and corporate executives who challenge Microsoft's
> monopoly.
> If you want privacy, security, and reliability, Linux has been
> reviewed and audited by the government security and military agencies
> of about 40 countries reflecting nearly 2 billion people.  Many of
> these governments now use Linux for their security critical
> applications and logistics.
>> 9. You like the color brown.
> With Windows, you have to like the color Blue.  Isn't that blue screen
> of death pretty?  Ubuntu gives you a wide variety of themes, the
> default brown was probably chosen because it works well on a variety
> of resolutions, it works with monochrome, and it works on devices with
> fewer colors.  It's pretty easy to chose different colors,
> backgrounds, and themes.  You can also configure Linux to function
> well on anything from a small NetBook such as the ASUS EEE 4G, to a
> laptop with 8 gig of RAM, multiterabyte eSATA drives, and graphics
> resolutions as high as 3800x2400 - TWICE the resolution of 1080p HD.
> Linux is also compatible with Apple.  Executives who want Apple
> machines for their own use can easily communicate and interact with
> users who have Linux on their desktops or laptops.  This interaction
> is also much more secure, and they can communicate via common servers,
> or even put the servers on their own machines.
>> 10. Your parents can't figure out how to spy on your computer.
> Yes, with Linux, you can keep almost ANYBODY from spying on your
> computer.  There are some security configurations that are actually
> TOO secure and will trigger investigation by the NSA, because they
> can't monitor your interactions with others.  If you don't want "Big
> Brother" looking over your shoulder, you can make the window of
> opportunity to moniter the interactions so small, that nobody can
> monitor your communication without a court order and the knowledge of
> the collaborators.
> When used in the default configuration, Ubuntu, Fedora/Red Hat, and
> SUSE can block nearly all of the "back doors" used to raid Windows
> computers for information.
> Ironically, the most aggressive uber-hackers, the ones that were
> making $100,000 per day - were using Linux computers to attack Windows
> users, which made them nearly impossible to trace.  Eventually, they
> were able to follow more traditional channels to close the loop.  They
> didn't realize the magnitude of his crimes until they actually got the
> search warrant and seized his Linux computers - and even then they had
> to do some heavy duty encryption cracking to get to some of the files
> and passwords stored on the local machine.
> At one point, the Clinton Administration wanted to much of the
> technology used on desktop Linux.  They viewed these technologies to
> be the equivalent of automatic weapons for IT.  Remember, in 1993,
> Linux had DES encryption, RSA, PGP, and some really robust security.
> Some of the first firewalls were implemented using Linux - initially
> called ipchains, later known as iptables.  And even before Netscape
> patented SSL, Unix and Linux users had figured out that the easiest
> way to pass a DES key was using a Public Key encrypted message.
> Great post Moshe - excellent case for giving up Windows and taking up
> Linux.

Microsoft still hasn't found a legitimate way of discrediting Linux. Even
their internal presentations on the subject (see Comes vs Microsoft)
are pathetic.

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