Today was a great day. There was an all-day family-affair with feasting, Easter egg hunting and a unique competitive quest where the younger generation travelled on foot around the community doing really strange things like eating “balut” and buying coffee for strangers…
After it was all over we got the instant replay on a wide-screen TV from all the gadgets young people carry around: smartphones, handicams and digital cameras. To my horror, one of the presentations involved using the TV as a computer monitor. The computer ran that other OS, the one I haven’t used in years. Why did they use it? That’s the OS that shipped on their PC. What applications did they use:
- a file manager, nothing special,
- VLC for playing videos, and
- Google’s Chromium Browser for interacting with FaceBook
Nothing those folks did with a PC required M$’s OS. It was all basic utilities found on GNU/Linux and FLOSS applications.
This incident strengthened my belief that M$’s OS is a tax on IT, over-priced and unecessarily bundled with most legacy PCs sold today. The sooner retailers start selling GNU/Linux on PCs the better. The world is wasting tens of $billions today for no benefit. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux but there are hundreds of useful distributions of Free Software developed by the world and freely shared for $0.