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Where you can purchase a Linux PC or Laptop

Why choose Linux?

Chances are you've been using Microsoft Windows for years on your desktop computer, so why would you want to try out Linux? For lots of reasons, here are just a few...

1. Cost of the OS. Linux is only a fraction of the cost of MS Windows, especially when you consider MS Windows is sold with a per-computer license (Linux is licensed on a per-user basis). For example, if you had a computer at home, one at work, and a notebook for travel, you'd need three copies of MS Windows. MS Windows XP Home Edition is $200 ($300 for Professional Edition.) Since MS Windows requires a separate "activation code" for each of your computers, you've now spent $600, just for the OS. With Linux, you'll probably spend under $50! That's a savings of over $550!

2. Cost of the Computer. You may be thinking, "But MS Windows came free with my computer." That's not really the case, because the computer manufacturer pays around $100 to Microsoft for a license to include MS Windows, which then gets marked up by both the manufacturer and the retailer, so you could end up paying around $200 or more for every computer you buy if it includes MS Windows. Fortunately, due to the increasing popularity of Linux, there are manufacturers out there who will sell you a computer with Linux pre-installed instead of MS Windows, and you'll pay significantly less for these computers. For example, compare the KooBox, a Linux-based computer to computers running MS Windows. Here are some Linux computers from Wal-Mart for starting at under $300! Here are dozens of computer resellers, all over the world, who will sell you a Linux computer at a fraction of the cost of a MS Windows computer.

3. Cost of Applications. Here is where the savings really start to add-up. To get the basic Office Suite from Microsoft (word processing, spreadsheet, presentation software), you'll spend around $500 per computer. Again, because of Microsoft's activation codes, you'll need one copy for each computer. That means you'll be spending $1,500 if you have 3 computers. You can find comparable Linux Applications for under $100 (many even at no cost!), and you can use them on all three of your computers. This would be a savings of over $1,400! Click here for an example.

4. Total Cost of Ownership. Now, toss in support costs, other misc. applications, upgrade costs every year or two, and you start to see how you could be spending literally THOUSANDS of dollars to be using that "free" copy of MS Windows that came with your computer.

5. File compatibility. Linux will work with pretty much all the file types that are used by MS Windows. For example, click here to see all the different file types you can use with Linspire, the most popular version of Linux for use on desktop computers.

6. Stability. Linux is well known for its amazing reliability...it just runs and runs and runs. Users often report going months without ever having rebooted their computer. MS Windows users find it difficult to even go a day without having to reset their computer.

7. Virus Protection and Security. The basic underlying architecture of Linux was designed with security in mind. The problems MS Windows has had with viruses, worms and security breaches are well known. Some versions of Linux even come with Anti-virus integrated right into the operating system for even additional protection.

8. An "Open" System. Unlike MS Windows, which has many proprietary parts that only Microsoft has access to, most parts of Linux are open, so it's much easier for 3rd parties to develop, support and work on Linux software. Can you imagine driving a car that only the manufacturer knew how to change the oil on?

9. Linux is Fun. Because Linux is Open, you tend to have thousands of independent developers creating interesting software programs that you can run on a Linux computer, and most of these applications are much less expensive than MS Windows applications or even free.

10. Linux is Cool! Ask anyone who has used it, they have a hard time ever going back!

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Guests This Week

8:00 - Craig will speak with Adam Jollans from IBM Software Group. Adam is responsible for defining IBM Linux marketing activities.

8:30 - Daniel Guermeur, the founder, president & CEO of Metadot, an Austin-based company that sells an open source portal technology, will speak with Craig about Open Source that anyone can use. If you've been dying to create your own website, you won't want to miss Daniel's story. It'll leave you saying "I never Metadot I didn't like!"

LinuxWorld Expo

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This Week's Giveaway

Radio Shack has provided us with an XMOD Customizeable RC Car Kit. Be sure to listen in to find out how to win.