Well, guess what. My enthusiasm for this OS is not misplaced at all. Take a look at this article by the team at Windows Secrets.
Briefly, it mirrors most of what I've been saying for years and is written by a professor who has worked for Microsoft.
The article shows how MS considered Linux to be such a threat that it backed major UNIX vendor SCO (who eventually went bust), and was also accused of buying off a major UNIX vendor trying to eliminate the threat, and how it deliberately misrepresented Linux for its' own ends.
Despite all the attacks from the mighty MS (Apple weren't really bothered), Linux keeps beating them to the post with many innovations.
Linux is the most widely used OS in the world, just not on mainstream PCs.
Linux will serve the needs of a majority of my clients and they can get it for the price of a blank DVD. Alternatively, I'll set it up for you for €60 including transferring the data from your current setup. You will then have an OS that you can update for free every time there's a new version.
In addition, when you have to buy a new PC, the hard drive can simply be transferred to the new one (in most cases), unlike Windows.
With Linux, you don't get all the 'crapware' that comes pre-loaded with Windows machines. You know, those pop-ups telling you to use this program and that program but then you find you can't actually do anything until you get your wallet out again.
Basically, MS behaves as MS does. In my opinion from what I've read, MS is not a company you can really trust.
If you fancy giving Linux a go, you can run it directly from a DVD. Don't be judgmental simply because it doesn't look like Windows or have all the program names you're used to, it isn't Windows, that's the idea. Most of the free software that's available is probably better than what you're used to, just odd names and appearances.
Remember, you won't be able to save anything running off the DVD.
Here are just a few of the popular flavours of Linux for you to play with:
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