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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"Member organizations have done a world of good in reuse and recycling. At the same time, the programs help Microsoft fulfill the "Prime Directive" of every monopoly -- maintain monopoly status in all market segments." *cough* this isn't slashdot *cough* I love how the article puts the upfront pricing of Windows yet curiously omits the time expenses of Linux. If author wants to be taken seriously, don't take sides.

What time expense of Linux?

Seriously, what time expense?

Recently, I had occasion to restore Windows 7 on a Toshiba Laptop that had been dropped and trashed the hard disk. New hard disk required, and restore Windows 7 from the three recovery DVDs. Yes, three.

To get this machine up and running, with a set of all drivers and desktop applications, took four days of my spare time. Four days.

I also had occasion to install Kubuntu 10.4 on a netbook, just two weeks later. I installed it from a single LiveCD (yes, one CD). Total time to set up the equivalent functionality? Thirty minutes. Printer, scanner and wireless setup included.

Seriously, what time expense of Linux? Where do you get this rubbish from, really?

Edited 2010-06-16 03:53 UTC

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