Until very recently computer operating systems
have been dominated by Microsoft. There has been no strong competitor
to rival them.
In 1991 a
student at The University of Helsinki developed an operating system
as part of a student project. His name was Linus
Torvalds and the basic core system he
developed is known as Linux.
been freely distributed and the source code has been available for
development by companies and competent individuals alike. It's stable
and inherently virus resistant architecture is used throughout the
Internet and the main search engines are all based on Linux.
Linux is freely available it has been the tool for individuals of
great competence but has not always been as user friendly as
Microsoft Windows users might be comfortable with.
all changing - perhaps I should say has changed. Many elderly first
time users are known to thrive on Linux especially since their
introduction to computing hasn't been coloured by reliance on
Microsoft and Microsoft compatible hardware.
advent of more versions of Linux by 2013 there are at last systems
freely available and much more user friendly.
not most distros includes not only an operating system that is easy
to use but also have drivers for many modern peripherals such as
scanners, printers, cameras, flash pens, CD/DVD burners and an office
suite compatible with the latest version of Microsoft Office.
I can now
offer Linux as an alternative operating system to Windows either as a
stand alone operating system or running in dual boot with Windows
(choose your operating system at boot). As a stand alone system it
offers good basic experience to users who requirements are Internet
access, e-mail, word processing, spread sheets, presentations and
games - and considerably more.
means that computers running Linux as a stand alone system don't
necessarily need to be as powerful as systems running the latest
versions of Windows. Apart from my building costs customers can have
the advantage of a free operating system and cheaper hardware, all
reflected in prices. You will also be joining a world wide community
sharing their insights into an operating system that will be claiming
a greater proportion of the market than before.