Computers used to be super. That's a fact. In spite of all the protests people make about the internet limitations for older operating systems, computers were just super. Software was too. In Windows 3.1 software used to load as fast as the screen refresh rate.
In general computers have gotten pokier and less stable with much more glitches. For example on the move from windows 3.1 to 95 the term "blue screen of death" was added to the computer person's vocabulary.
Another departure with computers today is access. For example uefi setups today give you little options to access features of your computer and make it very difficult to do simple things such as disable uefi boot or secure boot, or even to change boot order if you want to boot from a disk or usb drive. The windows operating system also has given much less access to your computer. It is impossible to change anything that you can not change on system settings. And to go in to your system files and do some replacements is impossible- the files are locked.
What is the cause? One is simply morals. Especially when it comes to access. Companies like Microsoft want to think that their ideas are for everyone period. They ignore the cries of people who have horrible glitches and cant access features they need to fix them. I'm sorry, when i said access to computer and features has been lost I should have said it has been taken away from the user and given to the operating system. The Windows OS now can do more to your computer than it could previously, and since it doesn't like to share the last thing it wants to do is share it with you!
Are computers completely doomed? Not quite. Simple knowledge and skill attainable by the common user but intentionally hidden from them can at least partially fix the problem. Not 100% but it can be made greatly improved. The answer to the biggest and probably easiest way out is LINUX.
You may be thinking "Why should I care? my computer usually does what it's supposed to do!" That is what Microsoft wants you to say. They want you to take it's inferiority as normal and go on with life. So users ask "Why should I get Linux? Lets break it down into the improvements and why they are important. First is speed. You will likely have to try Linux in order to realize that the time it saves actually improves your whole lifestyle. Believe me, it really does! Another improvement is access. This is a somewhat less frequent problem people have, but when you need to, for example, download a driver for a new gizmo that you got for your computer or when you are troubleshooting a program error, you are very glad for better access to your computer. The other problem is the scariest: malware. Many people have good antivirus software that blocks the obvious viruses. the ones that if you allowed to run will among other things make you painfully aware that they exist. But here's something that will suprise you: spyware is the one type of malware that is the least detected and often runs without AV knowing. WHY? here's the explanation. Spyware is not out to destroy your computer or to scare you. Spyware wants your saved logins and paying information. So often you dont know it exists when it does. It runs in the background. Now when people actually get destructive or frightening viruses the AV software often looks not at their identity but at their behavior and automatically reports them to their host. And when viruses manage to slip AV software, many people report their identity to Microsoft, Norton, McAffee, AVG, or other AV companies. Then their identity is added to the list. But spyware... it runs in the background, does nothing visible to the user's computer, and why would it get reported?
Now you are probably asking "What does spyware do?" well it does more than you think. Yes, more than getting your paying information and annonymously stealing money. Just figure that everything you do on the internet another person can also do if you have spyware. Some of the worst spyware guys have actually done things like hack emails and even send embarrasing and morally destructive messages to the user's friends based on other emails they see. That can be worse than stealing money.
quote from Dits 1 from Chalet OS forums (chaletos.4rumer.com)
So how does a Linux operating system fix these problems? If you're smart you may have thought "better access to computer = worse malware". Maybe a better thing to say instead of "better access" would be "smart access". That means that nothing can run as root on your computer without you, the user, entering your root password. Also nothing can download from anything anywhere except from a browser, an already installed application, or using WGET on the terminal. Furthermore, saved logins, your password, etc are not viewable by other applications and have a very superior security means. A "Keychain" securely stores saved logins and local passwords for applications.
How does Linux have better speed? In simple terms, it has efficient use of resources. One great hogger of resources on Windows is apps added to startup constantly checking for updates individually. Linux, however, does it better by instead of making these apps autostart and constantly check use these things called "ppa's" or "repositories" for app update information. then the actual system every week manually checks for updates from the PPA's and asks you once for an update for everything.
Now you are probably sighing. Updates are very frustrating, aren't they? You turn on your Windows computer and want to use it and are in a rush, and you see that horrible message "Getting WIndows ready, do not turn off your computer". You suddenly feel like turning your computer into sawdust. Linux, however, because of it's ACCESS, does not need to have the computer in a special mode where you can not use your computer while it is working. It simply launches every week a dialog that says "Updated software is available for your computer". then you can select install now, remind me later, or update settings. If you give it the green light it runs "sudo apt-get upgrade" behind the scenes while keeping the dialog open for status. In the mean time you are still using your computer. When it is done most of the time you will not even need to restart. Occasionally, maybe about once every month or 2, you may get a kernel update included and need to restart. That's it! If you do want to restart you can select "restart later' and continue working.
What about all your Windows software? Believe it or not, they can run on linux too! that is via the Wine Program Loader or CrossOver office. (Crossover isn't free from it's official website but unfortunately for them there are tons of websites redistributing it for free. Very unthoughtful to Crossover but very nice for the consumer). Running Windows software with wine is as simple as double-clicking the application just like in Windows. It will automatically open wine which launches it. Occasionally the program does not want to cooperate with Wine, then you can try CrossOver. if it doesnt even work with crossover you could create a Windows virtual machine with Virtualbox if you have enough RAM to do so and try to run. You can also quite easily dual boot Windows and Linux, an option that you can select while you are installing Linux.
did you wonder "what does Linux look like?" The answer is that Linux is a general word, kind of like "Windows". There is Windows 3.1, NT, 95, 98, ME, 2000, XP, VISTA, 7, 8, and 10. All look different. When it comes to Linux, there are many different distributions and desktop environments. Surprisingly, they all have different publishers. Most of them are free. There are actually hundreds of distributions and each of them can have totally different looks added by adding alternate desktop environments. Endless!!!
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