The Hated, the Frustrated, and Personal Initiative â€“ How things will change.
I'm not a writer, but do things â€“ like all those others out there e.g. run / work / play / have a life / use a computer. I don't hate, was frustrated, and took the Linux plunge because of what I mentioned. I took the personal initiative.
Linux works in real-life / real-time and helps me do things.
Simply it does things for me that I always wanted to do. Once you get involved, the end result is simply amazing. No one lead me by the hand â€“ but I took the personal initiative. I had no budget, but always asked why can't I do this, or that, with all the Microsoft software that I bought, or was handed to me. Oh, I have had at a time one, or two large budgets. And paid for licenses all over the planet.
Meanwhile I started to get frustrated. Lots of things to do, and pay for out there. But, no help. Developing a business became a problem.
There are a lot of buzz-words out there and one of those is OpenSource. That means Linux to me. I took the plunge. All too often, what is never mentioned, is the additional word Community. More about that later â€“ let me go on to the use of Linux.
Here is a great example. I've always looked to Spell Check my e-mails in multiple languages. The reason is I have worked Internationally (Globally) for a good deal of my life, and always, always wanted to spell check my e-mails in American English (not the Queen's, but the President's), stay in contact with my son in Germany, and deal with my Hispanic friends. Plus throw in the occasional French phrase. All spell checked.
Now, as a thinking individual, go try to find a solution with Microsoft. I'll bet you can't. My solution Evolution. Hey that rhymes. Can you imagine after having dealt with the largest, most monopolistic software company on the planet, and my multiple phone conversations with their Tech Support?
Hey, we have all been there, done that, and have the T-Shirt. C'mon guys â€“ get with the program, it's a small world after all. Wasn't that once a big hit song from a Disney film? I truly think that Microsoft has become too â€“ what would the right word be here? Perhaps too something or other. I don't want to beat them up, but the shift came to me a while back. I had ideas in mind and wanted to do something.
They don't call it a PC â€“ Personal Computing -- without a reason. I've found my PC. It is now all OpenSource.
Next, I hate having to buy all those additional programs / applications so that I can create a .pdf, burn a CD, DVD, let alone have a good Office Suite of programs. That's not counting going on the search for a good secure browser, virus scanner, firewall, running disk fragmenters, checking on virii, adware, spyware, malware, root kits. Oh, and the ever popular Microsoft up-dates.
First things first â€“ OpenOffice. Result perfect. There are the haters out there that complain about Excel spreadsheet conversions, but I've often enough been stuck with Excel â€“ as an application itself. If some one can't convert a Word .doc, they never had the slightest clue what was done in the first place. And they need professional help, and a life.
Ever tried talking to Microsoft about trying to do anything with Outlook, like trying to do a mass e-mail to clients, getting them the latest NewsLetter? You can do that with Mail Merge in Word, but not with Outlook. Another search...
This is only a portion of the reasons that I run UBUNTU. I ran SuSE Pro, SuSE SLED, and other OpenSource Linux operating systems.
My newest friend is the OpenSource Communities. Funny word there. Lot's of great support. My other friend is Google. A long time ago people were stuck with issues, but now we can do a â€œGoogleâ€. This time around everyone can do it and save themselves a good deal of time, effort and frustration dealing without Microsoft. Non-frustrating.
I'm known as â€œAdlerâ€ in about 3 â€“ 4,000 posts. Adler means â€œEagleâ€ in German, which I speak fluently. But, we all speak English â€“ globally.
Imagine if Dell stopped shipping their Desktop PCs with Microsoft, but Novell, UBUNTU, or others dropped into the scene. A sort of Hello â€“ Please call these numbers for support concerning your Computer. None of this has to do with the Third World. I've lived there, and the $100 PC, The Third World, Europe, Asia, Japan, China, already know which way to go, and that is Linux. You going to call Microsoft Tech Support from there?
Consider me a citizen of the world â€“ OpenSource that is. We like to get things done. And, can do it ourselves.
der Adler â€“ the Eagle
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Why I Switched To Linux
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