I drew the above comic strip almost ten years ago. Back then, most folks had phone modems and were dialing into their internet connection. They were crawling along at snail like speeds. It took forever for images, video and other large files to download. I remember having to wait 30 to 40 minutes to update a web page. It took that long to upload images, files and other changes.
Today, with most households clipping along at broadband speeds, the slowest part of the internet connection is sometimes the computer itself. And most of these home system are running Windows. And, over time, Windows gets slower. Windows is susceptible to malware, spyware, pop-ups, etc. all of which slows the performance of the system. These unwanted guests clog memory, run in the background eating up resources and just bog down the system
If you want to improve overall computer system performance, switch to Linux. Linux is immune to Windows malware, spyware and viruses. You won't need an anti-virus program or any other defensive app running in the background blockin potential threats. Linux is immune to those threats. So, Linux is free to use all its resources to run the programs you want to run.
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.