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The Penguin Trail Starts Here… April 4, 2007

Posted by amazingrando in General, Windows-Linux Transition.

Welcome to The Penguin Trail, my little blog to share some of the insights of moving from Windows XP to Ubuntu Linux, and other geeky tidbits.

Why am I making this move, you make ask. Well, here are some of the reasons:

  • Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) lowers the barriers to access to the latest technology for those of limited means, everywhere in the world. The more people who use FOSS, the better it gets.
  • Linux can be stupid simple to use, but also amazingly powerful and customizable. I like that mix
  • Windows can be really annoying. It’s bloated, not particularly stable, and most applications are commercial (which = expen$ive)
  • Linux is free and community support can be amazing. For example, I reported a bug in Ubuntu (see the Launchpad) and had developers asking for more information within a few hours. Another time I had a quick question about whether upgrading my CPU would be automatically detected by Ubuntu. I hopped on an IRC channel and had my answer within two minutes. Can you imagine that with Microsoft?
  • Because it’s cool

Taking the plunge

P.S. The Linux icon is a Penguin, in case you didn’t know



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