Windows can be Such A Downer! By "Downer" I mean it can be a depressing experience.
However, my nephew Mike gives a very good, balanced look at Windows on his new Blog, Such a Downer. He talks about life's foibles and frustrations that, from time to time, get us all down.
My opinion is, anymore, Windows is a big target. It gets attacked daily by viruses, spyware, pop-ups, malware, and all sorts of nasty executable files which could wreak havoc. If you want to get the target off your back, you have to get rid of Windows. But where do you go from Windows? Well, you have one of two choices.
1.) You can spend thousands of dollars and move over to an Apple Mac system. In addition, get ready to shell out even more money. Because, you'll have to purchase Mac versions of some of your Windows software (PhotoShop, Office, etc.). And if you want to run Windows software not supported on the Mac platform, you'll have to buy a virtualization program like Parallels.
2.) You can download and install Linux for FREE! Once you have Linux, you'll have access to thousands of free, open source software programs available for download and installation right through your Linux distro's repository (A data warehouse where the applications are located). And you can also install VirtualBox for free and run those few select Windows programs you might need!
You can go with the first choice. It's your money. Or, you can go with the second choice. You'll save money, make friends with a really wonderful Linux community, and have a secure and stable computer system for yourself and your family.
OneClickLinux recommends the following Linux computer makers:
LinPC.us LinPC.us systems come with PCLinuxOS 2009.1 completely installed and configured as a working desktop. They also ship a LiveCD to restore your system to a like new state. They've installed current versions of Open Office, Mozilla Firefox and ThunderBird along with K3b, gftp, mplayer, streamtuner, streamripper. A nice setup for getting started with browsing the internet, email, office, playing DVDS, MP3s, etc. Once you have your system up and running, you can easily add any application you need. Just open Synaptic, the software manager and install any of 7000 applications available to every PCLinuxOS user.
Gigastrand International. Gigastrand International will build you a Linux computer with Freespire or Linspire Linux pre-installed. Gigastrand built my desktop computer and it's going on three years of great Linux service! If you do purchase a computer from Gigastrand, refer to my agent number GPA2000.
Kiowa Linux Kiowa is a terrific Linux operating system. I use it on my laptop. The folks at Kiowa have taken the very best of Mandriva, tailored it to their own specs, and made it even easier to use.