In my online wanderings I came across this blog post: Things I can do in Linux that I can’t do in windows from dmartin.org. Here’s some of the list:
Update every single piece of software on my system with a single action.
Update nearly everything on my computer without a reboot.
Keep my system secure without software that consumes my system resources, requires my time, and frequently nags me.
Run an entire operating system for free without pirating software, and without breaking the law.
Learn about, support, and appreciate the value of free software.
There are more things on the list and there are heaps of comments from blog readers too, it’s worth a read.
dmartin also said:
When you learn closed-source proprietary software like Photoshop or Office, you have spent your time indenturing yourself to a lifetime of spending $700 every so many years. And the same goes for every company you work for that you insist you need Office or Photoshop. And if you don’t think that your company’s expenses affect your salary, think again.
Conversely, if you take the time to learn open and free systems like Linux, Gimp, or OpenOffice, you now have given yourself a lifetime of perpetually free software. The value of that is quite profound. No more worrying about installing Office on more than one computer and running into activation issues. I have OpenOffice installed on all 5 computers I own, and my flash drive where I can run it on any computer I wish.
I really like this statement, “if you take the time to learn open and free systems you now have given yourself a lifetime of perpetually free software.” This is the kind of argument I can use with my students when they say, “why should I learn this (Linux OS or particular program)?” If you take the time to learn it now you’re the one benefiting the most. You now have skills for using computers, regardless of how much money you’ve got in your pocket. You can also stay up to date with the latest operating system and the very latest software too without having to shell out lots of $$$. A lifetime of free software!