Monday, 10 September 2012

Review: Why Linux Is Better

http://whylinuxisbetter.net/

I may be preaching to the converted here, but care of Full Circle Magazine Issue-62 (June 2012), I alighted upon the site Why Linux is Better (whylinuxisbetter.net), created by Manu Cornet (profile on Google+).

Now you can just point people to the website instead of having to explain, for the hundredth time, why Linux is better (for most things).

A very simple flat HTML site, this is one of the best ways I know to spread the word on free software, and could be a masterpiece in Open Source literature.


The tone and style of the writing makes for a good read, informative yet light, despite the self-depreciating reference to Manu's English.

Short but comprehensive, partisan but not too much, the main page goes through the points in favour of Open Source, each opening onto a separate page of more detailed description.

The One day with Linux screenshot tour is itself a mini-masterpiece.

After that, the page is a compendium of all the reasons to switch:
  • Forget about viruses.
  • Is your system unstable?
  • Linux protects your computer.
  • Don't pay $100 for your operating system.
  • No more c**pware.
  • Freedom!
  • When the system has installed, why would you still need to install stuff?
  • Forget about drivers.
  • Update all your software with a single click.
  • Why copy software illegally if you can get it for free?
  • Need new software? Don't bother searching the web, Linux gets it for you.
  • Jump into the next generation of desktops.
  • Does your digital life seem fragmented?
  • Choose what your desktop looks like.
  • Why does your Windows get slower day after day?
  • Do something for the environment.
  • No back doors in your software.
  • Enjoy free and unlimited support.
  • Too many windows? Use workspaces.
  • No big mess in your start menu.
  • Don't wait years for bugs to be solved; report and track them down.
  • Are you tired of restarting your computer all the time?
  • Let your old computer have a second life.
  • Play hundreds of games for free.
  • Help other countries, and your own.
  • Use MSN, AIM, ICQ, Jabber, with a single program.
  • Get a great music player.
  • Keep an eye on the weather.

It also notes the few cases where you should stick to Windows (for now)
  • There is proprietary software you can't live without
  • You're a hardcore gamer
  • You work in the book/printing industry
  • Your hardware is not yet supported

I do like the aggressive Tux with the fly swatter waiting to flatten the Microsoft butterfly. Go take a look at whylinuxisbetter.net. RC

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