Finally an alternative to a Microsoft PC/Laptop!
As a number of my IT aware friends know, I have had a mixed relationship with Microsoft over the years. This is probably because I was originally a Novell CNE starting out in the consulting business back in the 90's.
In 1997, when I started hosting web sites and formed Cobbwebs, it was my decision to host them on Linux servers, instead of Microsoft servers. Since that time, I have learned to embrace both Microsoft and Linux as server platforms.
On the desktop side, Linux has not been a good fit because it has required one to be a techie to understand how to get things to work. That dreaded "command line" method of installing new software and getting wireless networks to work has been a killer. Until now.
Enter the latest releases of UBUNTU.
Suddenly (actually it has been gradually developing for years), there is an alternative for those who are not enamored with spending their hard earned money on the next, latest and greatest version of Microsoft OS, or moving over to the "dark side" as one of my friends calls it - Apple.
With UBUNTU, it is possible to use an older laptop or desktop and experience the speed of Linux, while not abandoning all of your Windows software. It IS possible to run Microsoft Office and a number of Microsoft based software programs right along with Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox in a nice interface that is probably a lot easier to get used to than Windows 8.
A small business owner could use existing hardware and build an entire network of PCs, laptops, and Servers and still use the older Windows XP versions of software that may not be compatible with Windows 7 or 8.
Dell, HP, Lenovo, Acer, and Asus Desktops and Laptops are capable of using Ubuntu Desktop as a Microsoft alternative. The Ubuntu web site lists models of desktops and laptops that are Certified to work with Ubuntu. See the link HERE.
Let me know what you think. Is it really time yet?