If You Have to Reinstall Your OS to Keep Your PC Running, Install GNU/Linux

If you have to reinstall the OS of your PC to keep it running, consider installing GNU/Linux to stop the foolishness.

Microsoft is advising users to reinstall Windows if they happen to be unfortunate enough to get hit by a particularly vicious rootkit.

There you have it. Anti-malware cannot fix that other OS. You need to re-install/restore from a backup. It’s easier to install GNU/Linux if you don’t have a backup. Check out Debian GNU/Linux or one of my videos:

Just choose “Install” and choose “desktop” and “standard system” when choice of installations comes up. Takes 10-15 minutes from a CD or an hour or less from the web with a broadband connection for a newbie on a newish machine. That other OS can take hours, even on a new machine.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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76 Responses to If You Have to Reinstall Your OS to Keep Your PC Running, Install GNU/Linux

  1. Further, my last employer was actually on XP SP1 with FAT32 when I arrived in 2009. I converted them to XP SP3 and NTFS for a few months and then to Debian GNU/Linux just to make the system manageable. The cost to maintain the system in terms of hours of labour per week went from a dozen or so hours for 40 PCs with XP to a couple of hours for 95 PCs with GNU/Linux. The same machines performed much better without having to run malware scanners on each host and bloatware. I can see a lot of businesses loving those kinds of benefits. As oldman would say, “It’s all about apps.” My employer needed little more than a browser and an office suite. Most businesses will have a few database/CRM/document management thingies but most of that could be run on the server and very simple clients would do.

  2. Surveys show that many are looking at that. There are several options and combinations of options:

  3. thin clients + terminal servers, VDI, or cloud apps,
  4. mixture of desktops, notebooks, thin clients, tablets, and smart phones,
  5. “7” or “8”, and
  6. a lot of applications will be moved to servers to be OS-independent as they should have been all along.
  7. Any application developed in-house is likely to end up on servers. People have had it with fixing file-systems all over the building. They will use a lot more thin clients with little or no local storage. People are fed up with malware and intrusions. They will want to have rugged thin clients and servers tightly controlled by paranoid IT people. People will invest in more/better local servers or clouds and less in thick clients. As the particular OS on the client becomes less critical, GNU/Linux or some Linux will get a lot more play. I expect thick clients to drop steadily in share to 1/2 or less and GNU/Linux, MacOS and Android/Linux will take major share of mobile or static users PCs. ARM will have a bigger share of PCs within a year or two, especially for mobile and thin clients.

    There will be lots of businesses stick with M$ no matter what M$ does. There will be lots of businesses using GNU/Linux or any Linux on clients where it makes sense and if the applications are on servers, that will be in most cases. There is a possibility that “8” will appear in 2012 but it is more likely that it will be 2013. The cost of migrating to “7” or “8” will be similar to migrating to GNU/Linux. That will induce many businesses to do what is necessary to be free of Wintel in the next year or two, perhaps 1/3 of businesses. Between use of thin clients and thick clients running Linux, M$’s share of PCs will drop rapidly by the time “8” rolls out. Likely Android will have a near-monopoly on mobile eventually and intrude in desktops and notebooks. ARM could eventually run all of mobile and most of stationary PCs. There will simply be less need of Wintel.

    Major applications popular with business, if they want to remain relevant, will port to ARM and Linux and the web. “8” could well be the last release of that other OS that attempts to lock M$’s office suite to that other OS. That office suite will become a web application or be widely ported eventually. Already OpenOffice.org/LibreOffice is taking huge share. LibreOffice seems so vibrant it should meet all needs within a year or so.

    The naysayers here will likely write that I am wrong but it is happening already. M$ is porting to ARM. Oracle did free OpenOffice.org, although in a very clumsy manner, and Android/Linux is kicking butt. Tablets will be widely adopted in business long before M$’s port is ready. The rate-limit on uptake of tablets is supply of materials now. Manufacturers are redoubling efforts to keep up.