My good friend came over my home earlier this night with his Dell XPS 15 notebook PC running Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Home Premium Service Pack 1. I gave him my old Iomega eGO PLUS portable 500 GB Super Speed USB 3.0 hard disk drive. It comes with an Iomega Encryption Utility loaded on a virtual CD. He has to use the Iomega Encryption Utility in order to encrypt, lock, and reset the drive so that he can access it like a normal 500 GB portable hard disk drive.
It crashed his PC.
He can not boot into safe mode to uninstall it.
What’s my point?
I stopped using Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 myself several weeks ago. I also stopped using Microsoft Office 2010 32 bit Professional Plus Service Pack 1. Ever since I stopped using Microsoft products and services and I made the switch from that platform to OpenSuSE 64 bit Tumbleweed GNU/Linux, my life has been a lot more affordable and enjoyable. Everything works right out of the box with my System76 Lemur Ultra Thin (lemu4) notebook PC and OpenSuSE 64 bit Tumbleweed GNU/Linux. I have saved a tremendous amount of money although I have spent an inordinate amount of my personal time by making the switch from Windows 7 64 bit to OpenSuSE 64 bit Tumbleweed. My productivity has gone way up and I am able to get real work done without it costing me a fortune to pay for every piece of software code that I need to use or worrying about malware, BSODs, and gradual degradation of PC performance over time typically associated with Microsoft software products.
In short, my quality of life dramatically improved by using OpenSuSE 64 bit Tumbleweed GNU/Linux!
How about you?
What are your stories that you wish to share with this community?
I made my final decision: I am not going to purchase Microsoft Windows 8 Pro 64 bit Upgrade for $39.99 USD. I am going to spend the $40 USD by purchasing a 32 GB Class 10 SDHC card this weekend. I need to use it with my Canon PowerShot A710 IS 7.1 megapixel digital camera. I only have a Pro Max 2 GB SD card and it is not big enough to store many pictures. At least I will know that it is fully compatible with my PC and digital camera and it won’t cause any problems for me once I get it.
I got my OCZ Vertex 3 2.5" 9.3 mm SATA-III 6 GB/s 25 nm toggle synchronous MLC NAND FLASH 120 GB Solid State Drive two days ago. Tomorrow, I will get my JacobsParts 2.5" 9.5 mm Super Speed USB 3.0 disk drive enclosure in the early afternoon. I plan to build my own external Super Speed USB 3.0 SSD. I am going to use YaST 2 -> Expert Partitioner -> dm-crypt/LUKS and I will format it using the /ext4 file system and encrypt it using AES CBC ESSIV:SHA-256 bits at 256 bits 14 rounds and SHA-1 hash algorithm. It will slow down the performance of the OCZ Vertex 3 SSD quite significantly because it will become incompressible data, but confidentiality and integrity are paramount to me.
I will not transfer my existing VM Ware Workstation 9 64 bit guest virtual machine with Microsoft Windows 7 64 bit Ultimate Edition Service Pack 1 onto my new external SSD. I plan to install Ubuntu 12.10 64 bit GNU/Linux and Red Hat Fedora 17 64 bit GNU/Linux on it so that I can play with different and popular GNU/Linux distributions at very high speeds and performance. Or, I will leave it formatted and encrypted, but it will remain empty for a long period of time. It’s up to me to decide what I will do tomorrow.
As for Apple, they are just as bad as Microsoft. Vendor lock in, digital rights management, encryption, restrictions, limitations, closed source and proprietary hardware and software, etc. They perfected how to make the most money from their overly hyped and super expensive products and services for years.
No thank you very much!
System76 strikes the right balances and compromises. I like the company a lot. Their products are compatible with other GNU/Linux distributions including RPM based distributions because they use open standards. It’s quite terrific. I will continue to support System76 in the long term future.
OpenSuSE 64 bit Tumbleweed is the best GNU/Linux distribution that I have tried in a very long period of time. It has put an end to my merry go round distribution hopping habit.