Saturday, January 3, 2009

Linux. A Computer Piggybank!

People are saving more.  Last year's economic downturn has resulted in folks becoming more frugal.  It's being reported that piggy banks are flying off store shelves.   If people are interested in saving money, the first place they need to look is their home computer.

Families, community centers, school systems, church organizations, and other groups can save hundreds, and even thousands, of dollars by simply switching to Linux and ditching Windows.

When you install Linux you get a safe, secure, and stable operating system.  Linux gives you a familiar and friendly user interface, thousands of free open source software programs, and a friendly community to help you along.

Once you get rid of Windows, you get rid of Microsoft licensing costs, additional software costs, and anti-virus subscription costs (Linux is immune to Windows viruses and spy ware).

Think of how much all this Windows software must cost for each and every computer you own.  PhotoShop Elements costs anywhere from $75.00 to around $100.00.    And don't forget the EULA (End User Licensing Agreements).  The EULA only allows you to install commercial software on one (maybe two if you're lucky) computers.

In contrast, Gimp in Linux is free.

Linux is free to download, free to give, and free to use.  When you use Linux, its like putting money in a piggy bank, because you won't be handing it over to Microsoft.

And you can install Linux on as many computers as you own.  You won't need to buy any additional software.   Linux has everything for basic computing already installed and ready to go.  Gimp for photo editing, OpenOffice for office documents, Kaffeine for video, Amarok for MP3s,  Firefox for internet, Thunderbird for Email to name just a few.

Get Linux.  Save money.  It's that simple.


colonelcrayon said...

Sorry, but this is terribly misleading. First, since almost all PCs come preloaded with Windows, consumers have already paid for it before they have a chance to try Linux. They save nothing. As for your comparison between Photoshop Elements and the GIMP, you conveniently leave out the fact that the GIMP is also available for Windows. All the other software you mention except Kaffeine is available for Windows as well.

I understand that you're trying to promote Linux, but try doing so with the facts, not misleading adverts.

MSzorady said...

Throughout this blog I point out/recommend where folks can get a used computer for a few dollars or even free. I often suggest to install Linux on this kind of system. They then get a second (or third) computer for the family. That's where the savings comes in. I should have mentioned this (again) in this post.

In the same way, I have links to Gimp and the other software programs. Folks can see that these apps are available for Windows and Mac.

As for misleading adverts, not sure what you mean by the term "adverts." do you mean "advertisers?" Ads are controlled by Google.

colonelcrayon said...

My point is that many people won't actually save a cent by switching to Linux. This article sounded a bit like an advertisement for switching to Linux to me ("Get Linux. Save money. It's that simple." ??) The only case in which they would save is if they manage to acquire a computer with no operating system for free.

MSzorady said...

Actually, folks would save money when they switch to Linux. They don't have to purchase anti-virus, firewall apps, or additional software. There's a savings right there. I agree, though, that they've already purchased Windows when they buy a new computer. Which is why I point out on this blog to get a used computer, then download and install Linux. Plus, there are a lot of Linux builders out could buy a new computer without Windows.

Thanks for your comments.:) Greatly appreciated! It's given me ideas for future blog posts!

colonelcrayon said...

> They don't have to purchase anti-virus, firewall apps, or additional software

I don't see why they have to do that in Windows. Signature-based antivirus software is completely and totally worthless. The only decent antimalware app on the market is ThreatFire, and it has a good free version. In any case, 99.9% of security is basic common sense.

"Additional software" is no more or less expensive on Windows than on Linux. Both have large amounts of free software available.

Looking forward to articles about those rescued PCs :D