Light and Easy - Linux on the Desktop


Gartner, Inc. predicts that more than 50% of organizations that do not start deploying Windows 7 by early 2012 will not complete their deployments before Windows XP support ends, and will incur increased support costs. And for the projected 80% of users who skipped Vista, the road from XP to Windows 7 isn’t going to easy.* Add to that tight purse strings and delayed PC refresh cycles, and the reality is that organizations simply need to get more from their existing assets. Clearly the time to start a Windows 7 migration is now! Still, there’s no time to evaluate, implement and learn complex, costly tools to do so. Source: An email sent to me advertising something

Today, I had the chance to boot a desktop Dell Optiplex (forget the number) and, sure enough, the thing ran like a zombie missing a foot. The machine which was running some version of Windows XP left me wondering, "Why, oh why, are we still investing time and effort on Windows operating systems when they make a machine run so slow as time goes by?" 

Frustrated with the slow speed of the machine, I whipped out a handy 4-gig USB flash drive with Lubuntu 11.10 on it, and in a few, the old Dell Optiplex was running FAST, accessing the web, the cloud, Evernote, a remote server via ssh, playing audio in the background. As I watched others struggle with their desktops for the same reason, I had to smile.

When I consider the suggestions drawn from the Gartner report quoted at the top of this blog entry, the reality is that organizations need to get more from their existing assets! And the best way to accomplish that is to load an unobtrusive GNU/Linux distribution (OS) that will get out of people's way, maximize the available power of the computer.

Have you tried Lubuntu, Peppermint Two, or any other similar Linux that lets you access the cloud fast?


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