New Operating Systems Will Use Fewer System Resources

By Gregg Housh

It is easy for a generation of computer users to look back fondly on the days of MS-DOS. In the distant past, a simple series of characters launched a favorite program. This command dealt with all of the inner functions that allowed the code to work. Basically, you merely had to type a string of characters into a empty screen with a single cursor. The fancy operating system developed as a response to the consumer demand to click on graphical icons. To the casual compter user, this seems much simpler than typing a command. In reality, though, this transition birthed a whole new rash of headaches to the computing experience.

Firstly, a graphical representation of your software environment uses system resources. While this may not seem significant for a typical user, this can be a serious obstacle if you intend to push your machine to its full capacity. As more consumers began to purchase these operating systems, software developers began to include more capabilities that anticipate the user's software applications. If the operating system were created with your favorite software in mind, this would lead to fewer complications with programs. Unfortunately, most software designers decided that they should anticipate every last possible application that any user might choose to use. All of this added capability slows your computer down much like having extra programs running.

Linux has earned the hearts and minds of many users because it permits for setups that do very little. Many versions of Linux operate in minimalist fashion, you have to select programs and dependencies as you need them. While this might feel too difficult to manage for many users, it is great when you plan to use your machine to its full potential. Many technically minded users prefer a lighter operating system. However, if you are looking to jump head first into your favorite programs without much research, the resource heavy systems have better general compatibility.

Microsoft's Windows Vista was arguably the pinnacle of the excessively heavy operating system. Its services anticipated nearly any software function. Ironically, this led to an opposite inspiration for Windows 7. Windows 7 employs a lightness of resource use that competes directly with Linux.

Recent tech trends appear to be inspired by the desire to do more with less. In the future, developers will push the limits of technology to satisfy both of these interests. The latest operating system releases by all of the major competitors speak to this consumer demand. There will always be a need for a clever balance between compatibility and operating system resource use.

Thankfully, we are lucky enough to have a robust market of operating system providers. Eachnew round of releases introduces different advantages. There are reasons for using every modern operating system which depend heavily on user needs. When choosing your preferred operating system, you should carefully look into its synergy with software that you intend to use. Each company looks to satisfy a certain niche market. Your market will be served in at least one of the recent releases at any time. Look to others that use the same software for tips on which operating system to buy. - 32409

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What Are The Downsides To Using Cheap Web Hosting?

By Reta Swaratove

Most of us will want to avail of the services of a cheap web hosting provider because saving money comes naturally to all of us. In fact, there are many web hosting services that allow customers to put up their websites on the provider's servers, but for a fee which can range from low, medium to high cost. The provider's servers will always be connected to the net which means that your website will always be visible to the online world at large.

But, given the choice between expensive and no web hosting most people would readily ignore lack of great quality in order to have some form of online presence.

Obviously, besides looking at the price factor, when you start looking for low cost web hosting it is also necessary to take into account other features including disk space offered by the web hosting provider. The good news is that today it is easy to get hard disk space for a low cost and even a free account will entitle you to make use of between twenty and fifty MB of hard disk space.

A second important consideration is that even if you are getting a web hosting provider that is offering a cheap hosting plan you need to still take into account factors such as transfer/bandwidth being offered. There are plenty of low cost web hosting providers that will only offer you a limited amount of transfer/bandwidth on a monthly basis but they may claim to be offering maximum bandwidth. What's more, they will also start charging you additional money if the traffic to your website exceeds your monthly limit.

This in turn means that you can avoid wasting your time in doing exhaustive research to find out what has already been spelt out in the guides that are readily available online. In addition, you will also learn about why it pays to pick a low cost web hosting provider over providers that offer free web hosting services.

Once you have located and identified a possible low cost web hosting service it is then up to you to go over their different plans to see which one suits your needs the best. This in turn means that you will need to pick from plans such as starter plans, budget plans and those that are termed as affordable web hosting plans.

The starter plan comes with all essential features that will help ensure that you can create a workable and efficient website. It will offer you feature such as infinite email addresses and shopping carts as well as plenty of storage per month. This is possibly the cheapest plan anywhere.

In case you plan to use your website for certain critical commercial activities then choosing a low-costing web hosting provider will not be in your best interests; the same is the case if you are planning on running a small or even medium-sized online business. Budget web hosting providers are only good if you plan on having a personal online presence and also if you just want to learn up on the latest Internet technologies and also if you happen to be new to the internet. - 32409

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Microsoft Putting Out Misinformation About Linux

By Andy Checow

Seems that Microsoft has been sending Best Buy workers so called "training" memos that pretty much warps and attacks the Linux Operating system, according to an anonymous Best Buy employee. The memos sent from Microsoft present very clear and sometimes lucid statements about the lack of support and people wanting a easy usage experience but also makes very controversial statements about other features and security. Many of them are contradictory claims such as Linux doesn't get regular updates like windows and we all know thats not true, Then in another memo they state Linux is a problem to maintain with accuracy because it gets "hundreds of updates" per month.

The claims also further exaggerated incompatibility and support on Linux, suggesting that "few" devices are supported, that things like video chat won't work, and that there is no official help solutions for it. Linux does have support and supports common devices, including apps that can recognize iPods. Third-party apps like Pidgin provide support for video and other chat features, and Linux distributions like Ubuntu or Red Hat often provide official support. Ubuntu is also 100% free By the way.

For Windows-only apps, Linux has had access to WINE and Wine-Doors for free virtualization of some titles, including 3D games and works very well.

Microsoft has been asked about the materials but has neither confirmed nor denied their legitimacy. However, the handout is both consistent with Microsoft's visual style as well as its frequent attempts to discredit Linux as a threat.

Microsoft is also known to have used exaggerated claims to attack Apple through "Laptop Hunters" ads and other promos that have often picked products to either create apparent gaps in value or to make them seem wider than they really are. One study paid for by Microsoft deliberately chose Apple's Mac Pro workstation and the pre-price reduction MacBook Pro as home systems but chose Windows systems in significantly more modest product categories.

For those of us using Ubuntu or any other flavor of Linux its pretty apparent what the better operating system is or we would not have stuck with it. It would seem as Linux has evolved. Microsoft has become very defensive about their position since they have a lot to lose. I'm a very happy Ubuntu User I have no crashes my screens don't freeze and I haven't seen the Blue screen of death for well over a year my laptop runs as its supposed to and I'm just plain Happy with all the free software that is out there that does all the things windows can do and more. - 32409

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