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Are You Thinking About Switching to Linux?



Around 2006 I switched from Linux and Windows to a Mac as my primary computer and operating system. I paid for my expensive first MacBook with my own hard earned dollars. This was shortly after Apple switched to the Intel platform and it was the perfect combination of a great computer built around a Unix like operating system. For those who are not aware of it, Apple's famed OSX is a fork in a Unix system as is Android, Linux and many of the other myriad of Unix-like branches. For 4 years I begrudgingly got more and more locked into Apple's ecosystem. Apple - once the technically superior and arguably cooler option during the days when Steve Jobs was in control -  has slowly become nothing more than a business model comprised of corporate plans to ensure the locking in of their uses and various other nefarious practices that I - as a developer - am not at all super comfortable with. Microsoft's business model isn't any better considering that if you want to always run their latest and greatest you will have to shell out the bucks every few years for a new rig even if your current rig runs just great with the older version of Windows. Like Apple, Microsoft seems to have little to no conscience in getting their massive user base to go all in for one OS presentation of Windows after another and then slowly but surely phase out their previous "grand" releases. I realize that times change and so does the computer hardware that we use - I just question why any of us agree to be apart of this well planned corporate treadmill which is not only financially debilitating but also absolutely unnecessary.

Give your Linux Peach Installation Windows Program Functionality

Ok – here we go with how to give Linux – hence Peach OSI/TV or any of its derivatives – as much Windows program support as currently accepted as possible.

First you must have Peach installed on your machine and you should have no less than 13GB of available storage space (I highly suggest that you have at least 20GB.)

The Differences Between a Linux System and a Windows System

Side by Side Comparison - Linux Versus Windows

One of the questions that I receive a lot is - "What is Linux/Peach OSI and how is it different than Windows?" It is a simple question that deserves a simple answer. Oh if life were that simple. None-the-less, with a little help from those far more adept at writing than me, below I've listed what most concur of the differences between Linux/Peach OSI and Windows. This article is especially for my father-in-law who drilled me recently to explain the differences.

Help for Windows users with infected computers

I started to write this in a blog post on this site but I decided that the subject matter would be better served as a full-fledged article where you, the reader, could post comments or questions, if wanted.

   This past Tuesday I traveled to one of my relative's home to check on their 3 computers. All 3 of their computers had issues but one of them was so infected that I opted to bring it home with me because I have a small computer lab setup with several pieces of equipment that make it easier to work on PCs. These relatives are avid windows users and until I showed them Peach OSI, neither had heard of a Linux system, let alone used one. This particular computer could not be used at all for all the pop-ups and resources that were being used by the massive amount of viruses, trojans, worms, key loggers, malware - well you get the picture. According to Windows software Malewarebytes, there were over 8,000 pieces of malware on this 1 Windows PC. Malewarebytes took just over 2 hours to run to the point that it gave me that information and then the PC froze up - it was unable to handle all the open screens that the popups had brought to the surface. I've never heard of such an infected computer, let alone seen one and I've been working on computers for over 40 years. My relative is a retired photographer and as you can imagine he had a lot of important images on the infected PC as well as some important documents. In the hopes that my experiences with this PC might help someone else, I am writing this article to document what steps I had to take to return this computer to a usable state.