[SATLUG] Re: Linux is an Alternative to Vistza

K. Reginald Buckner buckmiester35 at gmail.com
Tue Sep 2 13:31:48 CDT 2008

> Would someone please explain this to me?  are you saying Vista is a good
> alternative to Linux?

No it is not an better alternative to Linux at all. However it is about
personal choice. With Windows Vista you get it automatically when you buy a
notebook or desktop at your favorite computer store.

Here is what you actually receive:

  An operating system that requires the most current hardware and lots of
resources. Dont even bother to use Vista in less than 2GB of RAM. Must have
at least 25-40GB of disk just for system files. Must be careful not to use
2K/XP programs ( the previous Windows releases). A OS that needs constant
updates and security resources (spyware, malware, anti-virus, spam
blok, personal firewall).

Every software in Vista is pricely. Look at how much it costs to buy Office
2007 or Corel Word Perfect Office just for simple things.

Linux is a FOSS package: So you dont pay for the OS and you can make as many
copies you want and even share with family and friends.  You also get a
smaller OS that loads faster and can be used on less resources. However
Linux Distributions are operating environments. Like a Patio is an
environment where thee is furniture, rock gardens, barbecue grill and other
accessories. When you see letters like KDE, Gnome, XCFE, Fluxbox, etc. these
are accessories like what you would find in the patio. It makes the
environment more useful. That is initial principle. Once you get that
concept the rest is gravy...


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