The breakpoint and frustration with Windows
Almost 2 years ago I was so frustrated with Windows on my computer that I decided to replace it completely. I had recently upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 8 with great excitement and enthusiasm but sadly this was short-lived after a while it seemed that my computer had slowed down considerably. It seemed that a number of users were also having similar issues when I checked online forums and there were varying reasons for this, a number of which could be fixed. However, I guess I had reached my breakpoint as a Windows user. I had checked for viruses and other bugs using the latest tools but could find none. One of my big worries was that my laptop which was quite decent in terms of speed and specs, was just not performing at its true potential. It was just so sluggish it took forever to get anything done. It never seemed to amazed me how many background processes where running on my computer when I would press CONTROL + ALT + DELETE to restart my machine. Why where there so many processes running in the background. I already knew this was a thing on Windows since I have go through most versions of Windows since in started. My involvement with Windows goes back to the DOS days. I still remember when Bill Gates took out the entire page of the times to advertise Windows 95. So I had been using Windows for a while now and moving to another operating system was a very big deal.
The long search for an alternative
I then spent several hours looking for a viable alternative to Windows. I did not want to do a dual boot where I would have access to 2 operating systems. I decided on a complete format. After reading many online reviews I settled on an operating system called elementary os (elementary operating system) which is based on Linux and feels very much like an Apple operating system. I had tinkered with Linux before so I knew what I was getting myself into with the decision to go for elementary os. However, what I found compelling about elementary os was that it was quite light and seemed to be a hybrid between Linux Ubuntu and Apple Operating system (iOS). It was quite an inspired decision, replacing Windows but it’s one of the best things I’ve done on my computer. I installed elementary without personally knowing anyone who was running the system. The entire process of downloading and installing elementary was a little bit technical but once installed I was sorted.
Changes after installing elementary
I had to change many things after installing elementary. Almost every program I used on Windows was proprietary just like the operating system. This had to change after I switched to elementary. I thought Microsoft Office was very decent in terms of quality but also decided to replace that. I chose Open Office to replace the Microsoft version. I made sure that when I saved documents they were in the doc format that other people could open.
Here are a few things Ive learnt about Open source over the years:
You don’t have to be a techie for Open source
Old computers work fine with Linux and elementary os
The massive influence on Open source
Look for the open source alternative
Take baby steps if you decide to go open source
Once you are good with open source, going back to proprietary is hard
Focus moves from operating system to the work at hand
The software and technology are so good, but..
The most intriguing thing about Open source software and technology is that a lot of it is not just incredibly good, stable and reliable but it’s also free and that’s something worth thinking about.