Letters, 2/26: Forgot about Linux
Monday, Feb 26, 2007 – 12:02:04 am CST
I was pleased to see a technical article in the Feb. 20 Journal Star, regarding the PC versus Mac commercials being shown on TV.
But alas, PC (Windows XP and Vista) and Macintosh OS X are not the only operating systems running in the world today.
There was no mention of the clear open source favorite called Linux, developed by a then student Linus Torvalds in the early 1990s.
Linux is a UNIX-like operating system that is far more powerful than anything currently offered by PC or Mac. In fact, it is said that almost all of the Internet runs on servers running Linux.
Yes, you can even run Linux on your desktop, and with a plug-in called Beryl, one has some most amazing 3D graphics unlike anything that PC or Mac can offer at this time.
Linux also runs on the same systems that PC and Mac run, and you can load Linux on either system with no problems. In fact, a Linux box setup by default is more secure than that of PC or Mac.
That said, however, there are a few tweaks to tighten up security even more, but as I said, by default, a Linux box is far more secure than either a PC or Mac system upon initial install.
The best part of Linux is that it is free for the downloading. Perhaps the next tech article will be more in depth and not ignore a popular alternative used by geeks all over the world.
Dave A. Ellis, Lincoln