"mot·ley" - Pronunciation Key - [mot-lee]
–ADJECTIVE: 1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd. 2. being of different colors combined; 3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
–NOUN: 1. a combination of different colors. 5. a parti-colored effect. 6. the parti-colored garment of a jester. 7. a heterogeneous assemblage. 8. a medley.

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Stop Making Bricks for Microsoft

I don't crusade.

Okay, well, just a little. Sometimes.

But if I was going to start a major crusade, it would be to lead people to the promised land of Linux. And at the center of this Land of Linux would be the shining city, Ubuntu.  The time is at hand, my friends, for the children of God to stop making bricks for Pharaoh Ballmer. The time has come to leave the land of Microsoft and escape to the free land of Linux.

The good news is that, unlike the Israelites, you won't be asked to wander around in the wilderness for 40 years. Frightened to death by the prospect of changing operating systems? Don't be. Have a little faith. What follows is how an almost-60-year-old Boomer who was a MicroSlave for 30 years escaped the bonds of the two Steves.

About a year ago I decided that being frustrated enough to spit multiple times a day was not good for my health. I was stricken by as bad a case of MS (aka "microsoft" or "multiple spitting") disease as anyone I knew. I was sick and tired of being sick and tired of MS. People who get fed up with pain and suffering can die, choose to continue to suffer, or look for a cure. I looked for the cure and found it in Ubuntu.

I have not regretted my decision for a single moment. Do I still use MS products from time to time? Yes, but only because my day job requires it. Do I use MS products on an MS machine? Not any more. I run Windows XP and MS products within Linux Ubuntu. It is not difficult at all to set up and run Windows within Ubuntu. And once you have done that, I promise you that you will never look back and you will not pine for the loss of your MS machine, except maybe gamers, but I don't consider gamers to be "real" computer users, and even gamers can play their pc-based games inside Linux.

But enough persuasion. Install Ubuntu and save pain, time, money and your sanity. Aren't those reasons enough?