I just received my first back to school notice in my email box. It came from PCMagazine. They're touting "Back to School software." But they also feature a review of Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system.
I looked it over and I'm not impressed. You can read the review here. If you currently run Windows XP, well, you'll want to know about "XP Mode." This is virtualization software that allows XP users to run XP legacy software in Windows 7. Problem is, it doesn't work very well.
Despite this, Windows 7 has been shipped to manufacturers and you'll start to see it on computer systems in stores around October. That's not quite in time for back to school, but don't worry. There's an even better back to school solution for you!
Linux! Linux is the perfect computer operating system for back to school! It's free, loaded with a ton of software, immune to Windows viruses and Trojans, and much more stable and secure.
Why pay for Windows 7 ( starting price of $120.00 for the bottom rung offering) when you can simply download Linux for free and install it on your desktop or laptop?
During these challenging economic times, it makes sense to dump Windows and go with Linux. Families are on tight budgets. So, there's no need to pay hundreds of dollars for a new back to school computer system when the current system will do.
My guess is, your current home system has slowed down and become clogged with spyware, pop-ups, etc. Your first reaction is to try and scrape up some money and buy a new Windows system. Stop! The problem isn't the hardware, it's a faulty OS called Windows. Download Linux, install it to your computer and you'll have a new system just in time for the school year!
Linux. It's great for school and the entire 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.