Saturday, October 20, 2007
Decay of an Empire
This morning I saw the proverbial sign on the wall: the days of the Microsoft monopoly are limited. My father asked me which Ubuntu flavour to install. The short answer: xubuntu 32bits. If even my father has had enough of that buggy, insecure, bloated piece of crap called Windows, then Microsoft is in for a hard time. I urge you all to read the story of a guy whose mother switched to Ubuntu. The story is priceless. For every machine that is switched, there is one less potential spam-zombie on the Internet. Your daily dose of drug advertisements are brought to you by Windows PCs of joe average, unaware that his machine has been taken over the moment he clicked on some random active-X applet in his browser. But the real value for my father will be the proper package management in Ubuntu. Today he can install Ubuntu, the next month install and de-install a 1000 different packages. The net-effect? His system will be just as fast the day he installed the OS. Try doing that to your poor windows registry. His remedy so far, was to re-install windows every now and then. I hope his experiences with Ubuntu will be good. Maybe we can ask him to report his findings and problems in the comment section of this log, so that we can track his quest. At least the CEO of Microsoft is pleased with his performance.