Although Windows 7 launches next month, Microsoft’s biggest competitor besides Apple is from Linux, a free and open source operating system that lets you modify it any way you like, and can genuinely serve as a complete replacement for Windows, be it XP, Vista or 7.
A couple of months ago, a Sydney PCUG member emailed me to ask if we could have a presentation on Linux. What is it, what does it look like, how does it work, how does it compare to Windows, why is it free of charge, what kind of software is available for it, how many people use Linux around the world, and why do people keep on buying Windows if Linux is as good, and is free?
These and many more questions will be answered at our Tuesday night meeting, where Linux expert, fellow iTWire journalist and major mining company CIO (Chief Information Officer) David M. Williams will be driving down from his base in Newcastle to give us an expert and entertaining look at Linux, and why you could and even should use Linux – even if you’re happy with your Windows system.
Linux is definitely exciting, and with even really old computers able to run Linux where Windows would just give up, Linux presents a great opportunity for people to learn a new skill, revitalise old computers, surf the web in an effectively virus and malware-free environment and more.
You can even learn how to run Windows and Linux at the same time, on the same computer – without needing to know anything about “virtualisation” or anything else complicated.
Linux is an operating system and even a movement you’ll hear more and more about, while at the same time, Windows 7 becomes Microsoft’s most popular ever operating system.
So, come along to the main meeting of the Sydney PC Users group and learn about the amazing world of Linux!
See you there