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Top Ten Reasons for a Linux Laptop
by Mark Rais, senior editor reallylinux.com
Here's another Linux Top Ten
Countdown (from our Reality mixed with humor section).
Some of these items appeared originally in my article for The
Linux Journal (Dec 2007, Issue 164).
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Ten Reasons to Protect Your Linux System.
these tips will help settle once and for all why Linux is a perfect
fit for any laptop.
can avoid listening to monologues about the merits of Windows8. As your
colleague begins salivating about the many Windows8 features (read that
as “bugs”), stop him cold by declaring, “I’m
installing Linux.” You’ll have him running outside,
yanking his hair and screaming expletives. The sight alone should be
well worth it.
can save yourself serious money, not only at the register but in
years to come, avoiding paying for countless upgrades. For all of us
paying the crazy food and fuel prices, this is a real easy way to
a salesman tries to convince you to pay for upgrades, simply smile
and walk away. The power of Linux and a vast array of Open Source
Software is available to you for free.
will end the constant late night computer assistance calls from your
“buddy.” He calls because “you’re the
computer pro, right?” When he telephones you next, tell him,
“Sorry, I use Linux.”
You’ll never hear from him again. Even better, he will now
start calling someone else with Windows8 and bug them! The pleasures
with Linux laptops are endless.
will love the look on your family’s face at the next birthday
party, when Granny figures out how easy it can be to use Linux. Can
you imagine everyone gathering around your laptop, as Granny cranks
up the sound on Frozen Bubble and everyone starts to do the
humpty-hump? Okay, maybe not. But there’s no better anecdote
to help those boring family gatherings than a Linux game – and
several rounds of bourbon.
can indulge in the truth that Linux is a vital skill in nearly every
country in the world. The average Linux System
Administrator makes more money than a law enforcement officer on the
tenth year of work and a nurse practitioner serving with your local
hospital. Job security, money, and power attract people like a
chocolate Sunday served with a cherry on top. Your Linux laptop is
will save yourself the hell of ever installing Microsoft software.
Linux installation on a laptop will
average about 28 minutes for a complete set up. Compare this to the
installation of an upgrade of Windows8 on a WindowsXP laptop, which can
take over two and half hours, and you’ll see why Linux on a
laptop is not just a good idea, it is a massive time saver!
can sleep more peacefully than most, since Linux on your laptop
resolves many computer security concerns. Never again do you
need to consider things like the Microsoft Windows8
Remote Code Execution Vulnerability, the threat of the GPCoder.h
trojan, and the JS/Downloader-AUD malware. Okay, so not all of
these reasons are funny, but they are important. Besides, you may
get a good laugh when you hear what happens to the guy who didn't use
can stop that annoying friend who is always asking to borrow your
laptop to do this-and-that. The next time he comes over to ask if he
can “just borrow the laptop to do some work,” simply
switch the mode so that it defaults to the command line. Hand over
the laptop and enjoy seeing his face as he asks what happened? As he walks
away, never to be heard from again, switch back to KDE with Beryl.
will see the raw power of Linux running on a laptop. Recently, a
friend of mine connected his laptop that contained a mirror image of
his company’s intranet site. As the computer team was dealing
with a total outage of their intranet server, the site kept running
with a simple DNS change. The boss asked him what server he was
using to temporarily run the site. He simply pointed down to his
laptop. Linux adds a real Nitrous Oxide injection to any laptop.
NUMBER 1 reason to put Linux on a laptop
Linux is now used in every country of the world, and you can start making new friends in places like
Andorra, Eritrea, and Kyrgyzstan. Adding Linux on your laptop opens a whole new world of
friendships and camaraderie. So, if for nothing else, install Linux
on that laptop to gain access to one of the most supportive
communities on earth.
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