I switched to the Apple OS about 4 years ago and haven’t looked back. I love my MAC. In fact I have purchased four so far for myself and family members. Then throw in my 3G iPad and that about says what I think about Apple Products.
But I have to admit, being an adventurous type (I’m building my own airplane), I always wanted to try my hand at some of the open source operating systems (aka “OS”). The benefits to both the Apple OS (they have several flavors actually ) and other naked, open source OS platforms like UBUNTU has been their near invulnerability to attacks from Malware, Spyware and Virus attacks.
However beyond that issue, today there is an additional reason to consider UBUNTU and that is that we are increasingly seeing cloud based computing, products and storage that are slowly but surely making their inroads onto the main arena, replacing the need to install bulky programs onto our computers that have to be continually updated for security and functionality.
That said, we are in fact moving towards a day when something like an iPad sized tablet device can do everything we are accomplishing on our current line up of turbocharged and expensive laptops. Desktops are already dinosaurs entering their own ice age.
Think about it.
Today already you can use a wide array of products from Google to handle:
- Word Processing
- On-line storage (I mean massive!)
- Photo processing
- Video conferencing
- Payment systems
This doesn’t include the myriad of other companies rushing head long into this field of play with other cloud based products.
Am I saying switch to UBUNTU? Absolutely not. I believe it is still a geeky product that the majority would find daunting to set up.
But in the end I am saying the day when you have to spend $300+ for a program and the years of crazy updates (that often do more harm than good), is coming to an end. It’ll all be done for you, seamlessly, in the cloud. After all, with the cloud all you really need is a browser (Google, FireFox, etc).