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Old 01-13-2006, 04:31 AM   #1
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LXer: 25 Reasons to Convert to Linux

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Businesses, educational institutions, governmental agencies and other organizations around the world are converting1 their computer operating systems from Microsoft Windows to Linux at an increasing pace. They are likewise converting their application programs from commercial software to free software (also referred to as open source software). There are at least 25 reasons for this situation, including:

Old 01-13-2006, 04:08 PM   #2
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Very good article--especially this comment:
(22) With Linux and other free software there is little reason to fear the existence of backdoors, in large part because all of the source code is available for inspection. A backdoor is a secret method for obtaining remote access to a computer. There is a (not unjustified) concern by many foreign governments and corporations that back doors have been covertly inserted into proprietary software that could allow the software developer and agencies of other governments to snoop into their most confidential data.
I have little to hide. Much of what I do on a computer is posted on forums that can be read by anyone in the world. Anyway, I can't help it--I do not completely trust Microsoft and always wondered if they (or any other company--Sony comes to mind) might be doing something like this.
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Yeah, I can see Linux coming in a big way. The financial reason is one driving a lot of schools away from the fee-paying systems. Technically too as Linux's potentials are difficult to match. The Live CD is one of the big jump.

When I did a thread to publish a Grub menu booting 100+ systems, I found the distros in my box came from 28 countries. We could well pass the point where there are more people developing Linux than any fee-paying system.


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