5 years ago, the average person would have never heard of Linux or known what it is, but with the netbook boom carrying along many flavours of Linux with it, more people have become aware of open source alternatives to the Windows 7 operating system.
Despite this, many distributions of Linux are still too difficult to manage for the average computer user – most see ‘Windows’ as the only computer available, and the majority of PC users don’t see any advantage in switching operating systems after learning the ins and outs of Windows over the years.
I, however, am not the average computer user, so over the next week, I’m saying goodbye to my Windows PC’s and Mac’s and using Linux. I’ll cover topics such as ease of use, software availability, compatibility and customisation, seeing if it’s truly viable for the average computer user to make the switch the Linux with a bit of simple explanation and training of this open source operating system. In my tests, I’ll be using Ubuntu 9.10 on both a desktop and laptop computer.
What operating system do you use, are you already a Linux fan? Let us know in the comments, and don’t forget to check back every day for the latest updates on my progress with my Linux Training Week!
- Linux Training Week – Part 1: Install, Setup & Compatibility
- Linux Training Week – Part 2: Software Availability
- Linux Training Week – Part 3: Ease Of Use
- Linux Training Week – Part 4: Customisation
- Linux Training Week – Part 5: Which Distribution To Choose?
Hoping to study Computer Science at University in the near future, you’ll seldom see John without a computer in touching distance! His interests include building computers, reading all sorts of literature and of course writing for Zath to keep you updated on all the latest in the world of tech! You can follow John on Twitter as @british_geek.