Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Surprise! It's Already Started.

Blogs and websites are already starting to report the "Windows Upgrade Hell" that many are experiencing when upgrading their systems from Windows Vista to the New Windows 7 operating system.

College students, too, are experiencing problems when trying to install the new Windows 7. The problem stems from a Microsoft offer. For a limited time, students can purchase Windows 7 for only $29.00. However, it appears when students download and install the package, it's either corrupt of missing some key files.

I spoke with my nephew Mike (he has a CSI degree and works in the IT field) about installing Windows 7. He was on his way to his local MicroCenter to buy a copy of Windows 7. (He has to keep up with anything and everything new in the computer industry. And yes, he runs Linux) When installing Windows, Linux, etc., Mike always backs up his files, wipes his hard drive, and then does a fresh install.

Ultimately, these folks are going to have to do the same thing. Microsoft recommends this for sure if you're moving from Windows XP to Windows 7.

From the BBC's review:

"If you are aiming to upgrade directly from Windows XP to Windows 7, be aware that Microsoft doesn't recommend it. Not only is it likely to take significantly longer, the directory structure is different between the two and many applications may not work if not run after a "fresh" installation."

So, if you're going to upgrade, why not just upgrade to a better OS? Back up your files, wipe your hard drive, and simply install Linux. You'll be more secure, have thousands of free software titles available, and the price is a lot less than the $200+ that M$ is asking. Heck, Linux is even less expensive that the $29.00 students are paying. Linux is free!

Get Linux.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Windows 7 Launches. Get Linux Instead

This week, Microsoft attempts to undo all the problems of its Vista operating system debacle by launching a newer version of Windows, now called Windows 7.

Stores like Best Buy are stocking up on Windows 7.  They're anticipating crowds of hundreds of thousands to come bursting through their doors scrambling to get this new shiny gem of a Windows OS.

I'm not holding my breath.

Look, don't buy into all the hype. Just get Linux. You'll avoid the crowds and price tag. You'll also avoid Windows viruses, Trojans and spy-ware.

You can download Linux for free, install it on any computer you own, and have access to thousands of terrific software apps.

Plus, Linux has one of the coolest 3D environments around!

Get Linux.

Friday, October 16, 2009

PCLinuxOS Magazine! October Issue!

The NEW PCLinuxOS Magazine October 2009 issue released.

The NEW PCLinuxOS Magazine staff is pleased to announce the release of the October 2009 issue of the PCLinuxOS Magazine. The NEW PCLinuxOS Magazine is a product of the PCLinuxOS community, published by volunteers from the community. The magazine is lead by Paul Arnote, Chief Editor, and Andrew Strick, Assistant Editor. The NEW PCLinuxOS Magazine is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-Share-Alike 3.0 Unported license, and some rights are reserved.
In the October 2009 issue:
  • Phoenix: PCLinuxOS XFCE 2009.4 Released
  • A User's KDE 4.3 Experience in PCLinuxOS
  • The Gutsy Geeks Speak Linux
  • Scanner Saga
  • Command Line Interface Intro
  • Scripts-R-Us: GTKDialog
  • Top Seven Reasons to Use PCLinuxOS Over Window 7
  • Double Take
  • Through The Lens: Gimp Basics
  • System Secrets
  • Game Zone: Second Life
  • Gadgets & Gear: SanDisk SansaClip
  • Ms_meme's Nook & Forum Foibles
  • and much, much more!
This month's cover celebrates Halloween, and was created by Timeth, a member of the PCLinuxOS Beautificaiton Team.

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