Sometimes, one comes upon a resource on the web that should be shared. Today I found Get “GNU/Linux”.“GNU/Linux, or simply Linux, is an alternative to Microsoft Windows. It is easy to use and gives more freedom to users. Anyone can install it: Linux is free as in freedom, and often available free of charge.” It has a lot of good information for the novice and doesn’t drown folks in detail. It gives a number of starting points and helpful pushes. Further, I agree with most of the information. 😉
GNU/Linux is the right way to do IT. The site lists a lot of the restrictions of that other OS that get in the way of doing IT properly: restrictions on how you can use the software and your hardware, stuff M$ has no right to do if it were a normal business with normal consumer products. Who would buy a product that could expose one to criminal penalties for sharing the product, giving it away, or selling it? Copyright law doesn’t do that but M$ demands slavery if you want to pay for and use their product. I’m not writing about violating Copyright, but using the software and disposing of it. Copyright says nothing about how many network connections a PC may have. Copyright says nothing about not being able to sell a product that you buy. Copyright says nothing about being forced to pay for software you don’t want to use when you buy a PC but M$’s EULA says you get a refund from the retailer. Good luck with that. The retailer likely has no idea how much you paid for the right to use the “product”.
Well, the site would be just about perfect if they recommended Debian GNU/Linux but they recommend Ubuntu GNU/Linux. I think a site emphasizing freedom should mention that Debian gives the users more control of everything than Ubuntu. Debian has a few defaults I don’t like but at least I have the option of changing them at installation. Good luck doing that with Ubuntu’s installer. You may get one or two options Debian doesn’t have but you don’t get to choose desktops at all. It’s disUnity or nothing. Ubuntu hides choices from the newbie just like M$. Of course, newbies may not know much about desktop choices but an installer could give some hints.
Well, that’s a small difference. Generally the advice is good. If you need/want to give GNU/Linux a try, visit it.
See get GNU/Linux!.