A player who makes a team great is more valuable
than a great player. - John Wooden
Linux is such a player. I love its awesome performance and simplicity. It's a great platform for many open source software tools. I will put some discussions and benchmarking results here. I just want share some experience of me with you. Besides, Linux is not a geek-only OS. It's ok to work as a home or office PC.
Good articles for Linux newbies
- Linux is not Windows, http://linux.oneandoneis2.org/LNW.htm
- The Best Linux Distribution Will Be 'Invisible Linux', http://www.informationweek.com/software/the-best-linux-distribution-will-be-invi/229206260
Small and Fast
Linux is just a kernel, in a narrow sense, while a Linux distribution, like Ubuntu, Red Hat, SuSe, is a collection of software besides the Linux kernel. Windows is a big bundle of lots of programs. Windows has many verbose processes and runs very slow. If you Google the comparison to many scientific/engineering computing software on different platforms, you will see that their Linux versions run faster than Windows version.
Back in 2009, I did a boot-up speed test on fresh installations of Ubuntu Linux 9.04 "Jaunty Jackalope" and Windows Vista Home Premium, using their default installation options. I tested on an HP Pavilion tx2500, 2.0 GHz AMD Turion 64 X2, 3 GB memory, 250 GB 5400 RPM HD. Below is the result.
|Ubuntu Linux 9.04 32-bit
|Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit
There are many companies that sell Linux-preintalled PCs, including Dell.
Linux usage tips (some are links to other websites)
Developing on GNU/Linux
Awesome tools on Linux