Using Linux is virtually child’s play

20 Jul 2011

Roger Thomas’ assessment of the “darker side of Linux” shows a complete lack of experience with modern Linux distributions (Review ignored Linux’s darker side). Was he being ironic?

I moved completely to Ubuntu some years ago. I very rarely have any issues with peripherals, particularly the older ones. My colleagues who follow the XP/Vista/7 path have endless issues with patches, virus scanning and bloated software wanting to run their lives or update themselves when all they want to do is print.

I recently upgraded my 70+-year-old father-in-law to Ubuntu 10.04 LTS because he was constantly getting malware and security issues and was puzzled when patches radically changed the behaviour of his XP system. In went the CD, all installed and configured, automatically, in minutes. The system now boots more quickly, shuts down more quickly, and he loves the single update service that runs for all software, not just the OS. He has also found it much easier to use.
When I moved my wife to Ubuntu, her only comment was: “So, apart from it running faster, what's the difference?”

John Hannawin

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Child's play-yes, well-promoted, no.

And there's the rub. I too changed to Ubuntu a couple of years ago and what I find great is that I can use both my Linux and Mac books in most corporate environments too (my line of work).

For me, what's missing with Linux is a broadcast about the sheer simplicity of installing and using it, as this article outlines. I have not yet come across a device that at worst a generic driver will not handle, unlike Windows OSs I have used before.

I love that unlike Windows, Linux and OpenOffice/Libre seamlessly opens and manipulates 90 % and more of what may have been created in MS Office.

Above all, I think the Open source packages available through that licensing model make Linux a hard proposition to ignore, especially for a home user who may just need Open Office or to use cloud services in a browser.

And last, I've not upgraded my Laptops in 4 years of Windows Vista and Windows 7 releases because the Distro I'm using is lightweight and fast. Longer hardware cycles has to be good all round except for the hardware vendors.

Keep plugging!

Posted by: Phil Evans  25 Jul 2011