Linked by Howard Fosdick on Tue 15th Jun 2010 21:06 UTC
Linux All of us who use computers create a problem we rarely consider. How do we dispose of them? This is no small concern. Estimates put the number of personal computers in use world-wide today at about one billion. The average lifespan of a personal computer is only two to five years. We can expect a tidal wave of computers ready for disposal shortly, and this number will only increase. And as if that isn't challenge enough, there are already several hundred million computers out-of-service, sitting in attics and basements and garages, awaiting disposal.
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I love how the article puts the upfront pricing of Windows yet curiously omits the time expenses of Linux.

Sorry, but no.
It all comes down to your level of experience. I am a SysAdmin, with plenty of experience with both, and you could say much more on Windows, and I can tell you this:

I can get a full working computer with Ubuntu, all set up the way I like it, with all the applications that I need, MUCH MUCH faster than with Windows XP.

And that's without cloning the hard drive, which works perfectly 99% of the time with Linux/Ubuntu with different hardware, but works 0% of the time with Windows XP with different hardware.

In other words, I have never experienced the frequently heard myth: "What you save in money with Linux, you pay in time." In fact, it's the other way around, I save time AND money with Linux.

And freedom, of course, can't forget the freedom... I like being able to give Ubuntu CDs to my friends, the way it's meant to be: you share good things with your friends.

2 * 1/100 of your currency here.

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