Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Windows 10 Metathesiophobia

I still have customers that are afraid of Windows 10. I can't say that I am thrilled with it, but, if you run Windows, it is indeed better to run the version that Microsoft is actively maintaining and supporting.

Truth be known, Windows 7 is going to end sooner than we realize. Folks, it's 2018; Windows 7 dies January 14, 2020. That'll be here soon.

Windows Lifecycle Fact Sheet

Here's a nice tutorial for Windows 10 that will remove some of the mysteriousness -

Of course the better option is to do away with Windows altogether. A non-Windows, non-Microsoft operating system is easier to maintain, much safer to operate, and much, MUCH more cost effective.

Zorin is my first choice for an alternative computer operating system

How to install Zorin Click HERE!

Video tutorial

Another option is to purchase a computer that already has an alternate, easier to use operation system.

Purchase a computer with Zorin already installed Click HERE!

System76 (Click HERE!) is also an option. they have created an easy to use operating system specifically for the computers they build.
Laptops Click HERE! Desktops Click HERE!

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Google Switches to Debian?

I already knew that big techy places like Amazon, NASA, and Google used Linux, NOT Microsoft Windows. What I didn't know was that Google had their own in-house version of Ubuntu called Goobuntu.

What I find extremely interesting is that it was based on 'buntu 14.04, and the article cited above makes no mention of them upping to 16.04.

I loved Xubuntu 14.04; I couldn't wait till they released 16.04, but when they did, it was nothing but problems. This is a real problem in the Linux world because most distros are based on 'buntu in one way or another. I noticed most of the other distros I liked went from good to bad, to what the ?!

Oh, except for one. That one was not based on 'buntu; it was based on debian.

I realized that all the cool computer-fixxer-upper tools I used were also in debian-based distros that were small enough to fit on thumb drives or even CD's.


I continued to try other debian based distros, and I even successfully installed debian itself and it worked. Robolinux, Q4OS, SolydXK, to name a few. But like all other Linux lovers, I went back to that first one - MX.

MX, now MX-17 is just the cat's pajamas of Linux distros. Debian is for uber-geeks; MX takes off all the rough edges and makes it usable for anyone and everyone.

Somehow in all of this I thought I was alone. All of frustrations, disappointments...

Not the case.

Google, yes, Google for cryin' out loud has switched to debian-based. Of course, they have their own in house version called "gLinux". They did this back in August, or at least that's when it was announced.

So, I'm not alone. In fact, I'm ahead of the curve - I switched to a debian-based distro before Google did... cool.

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