Preparing for a Linux Desktop Migration: Practical Advice

Linux Mascot:  Tux I recently commented on a discussion about a planned migration to Linux in order to avoid having to deal with Windows Vista. It seems that it takes more searching than one should expect if one is attempting to find positive reviews. Some companies are electing to not to make the switch at all, waiting instead to see what the next version will bring.  Vista is easily the biggest flop in the product line since Windows Me. When I purchased a new HP laptop last year, I received a coupon for an upgrade from Windows XP to Vista (the unit shipped with XP), I didn’t bother to redeem it. My laptop is running Mandriva, and though it still dual-boots to XP, I haven’t used the option in more than a year now. The recent discussion got me thinking about my own migration from Windows 2000 to Linux, and what advice I might offer.

Using Linux in the Enterprise has published another article I’ve written, “Seven Financial Reasons to Use Linux in the Enterprise” — like the last one, it’s a point/counterpoint style of arrangement giving reasons to use or not use something. After I got raked over the coals for puppy-kicking last time, my editor said I’d earned a positive assignment. In other words, this time I’m defending the position I actually hold. The premise on this one is restricted to the enterprise (rather than small business) and focuses on financial reasons, both of which make sense given their audience.

Since I’m not on the dark side for this one,

Detecting and reducing power consumption in Linux

Handy tech tip from Detecting and reducing power consumption in Linux — I already find Mandriva 2007’s power management quite configurable, but this one looks like it’ll help configure your processors power management quite extensively. And longer battery life can mean more time on the patio…