Linux on Windows

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Sometime this summer when a Windows 10 user gets an update. They will find that there is now a Linux Bash shell available to them.

Bash is the most commonly used shell in the *nix world. The majority of scripts are written in it and most *nix users spend a lot of time in Bash.

Microsoft has partnered with Canonical, the maker of the popular Ubuntu Linux distribution, to bring this Bash shell to life in Windows. This is not going to be a VM or other kind of emulator. This is a true Bash application on Windows.

It’s made possible by a new Windows subsystem for Linux. It’s not yet complete of course so somethings are not working but beta testers are out there working on it.

Some folks in the Linux community don’t like the idea at all. While others do like the idea. Many Linux users, administrators, and developers do operate on a Windows computer for their day to day work. This will help them with the administration and development of the Linux servers they hold dear.

I am going to withhold judgement on it until more information comes out on it. But it is very interesting and worth keeping an eye on its progress.

End of Life

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Today marks the end of the Life for Windows XP. This venerable OS from Microsoft has been around for a long time. It’s end of life has even been postponed a couple of times in the past. But now the time has come for millions of users who previously resisted the attempts to update their systems must update.

Personally, of all the Windows OS family members. I do like Windows XP myself, it was a workhorse and I would be using it still if I didn’t make the switch to Linux myself a few years back.

Here and now though, millions of computer users will have to change everything, if they upgrade to Windows Vista, 7 or 8. Their old computers and even a number of their old printers and other devices will need to be physically upgraded as well with the switch to any current version of Windows.

Additionally there is the learning curve between Windows XP and the current Windows 8. A huge difference from the familier to the completely different and unfamilier landscape. And the cost will be high with new computers and equipment.

However, there is an alternative. You can keep your hardware. No upgrade required at all, use the same computer and other attached equipment. And go with Linux.

Taking this route, your software becomes free of charge for the majority of it. There is some commercial software for Linux that some may be interested in, but for the most part. It’s all free.

The learning curve isn’t as near as high or difficult to switch from Windows XP to Linux like it is for switching from Windows XP to Windows 8.

Now if you are a diehard Windows Gamer … well then you probably don’t have to worry about this anyway. Because most diehard Windows Gamers have already made the switch to Windows 7 or Windows 8. In order to “keep up” with the latest graphics and other aspects of their games.

So try out Linux today. Free yourself and your computer.

Microsoft and the NSA

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Yet another reason has surfaced that suggests its best not to use Windows or other Microsoft products. Back in early 2002 a snippet of the Windows code was released that made people question the security of Windows. In this snippet it showed several keys that suggested the NSA had backdoor access to all Windows based machines.

Now there are clear documents and admittion by Microsoft that they have deliverately violated the security and privacy of their users. Microsoft has assisted the NSA in bypassing it’s own security encryption protocols allowing a level of access to our private data that is frightening to say the least.

Microsoft still claims that the NSA and other government agencies do not have direct access to their products and systems however. But who do you trust more?

I personally will continue to trust an operating system that gives me complete access to it’s code base structure. So I and others can read every line if we are so inclined to do so. Pure transperency the way it should be with software. I know my OS doesn’t “phone home” to the government or any agency thereof.