I've been working in IT since 1998. I had ordered to custom develop an e-commerce website - and I had to test it. Thus I became a tester. In 2000-2001 I studied software testing in Silicone Valley. Then I became a Test Manager at IBM. I set up test labs and did Functional Automation and Performance Testing to optimize information systems in banks. Now I promote Linux and help users get out of the dead-end. Life demands more and more every day - and lots of people don't know how to cope with that complexity. Linux provides unlimited opportunities to those who can meet requirements of tomorrow.
You are fine as long as your web application works, your data is safe, your computer is not locked by ransomware and hackers are kept out of your LAN. License fees, bugs, cracks, malware, Windows poor performance, vulnerabilities and limitations are like chains on your feet - but so far you run your business. So far so good, but life accelerates every day and brings us ever more changes and challenges. Giant companies are pushed out of business by disruptive innovations - because they failed to optimize their businesses yesterday. Will you optimize yours today? Some people will optimize, others will not - and will go out of business quite soon.
Before moving to Linux I was a member of a group that joined in an attempt to detox and humanize Windows - RyanVM Forum. Windows is a "No" domain - to whatever you want or ask they always answer No. Windows is very inconvenient and rigid. Navigation through its parts is a disaster - when you get into some of its inner parts, you don't know how to get out - there is no way, it's not provided. Windows has a monolithic construction that is very difficult to modify. So we all tried to pull bad parts from Windows and put good apps into the installation process.
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I was afraid I would have to spend a lot of time on retraining, that there would be a problem with the applications I used. Finally, I convinced myself to switch to Linux. I am very satisfied!
Victor Stadnichenko helped me to install Linux, and my old computer, which "barely moved its tongue", immediately started to patter. Joy - is not the sufficient word. It's not enough to note that I've got rid of junk and spam - I gained confidence in Linux.
My friends had spilled beer on the laptop keyboard. I had sent it to the factory for repairs. Two weeks to send there, a week to repair, two weeks to send back, $100 for everything and the laptop is here, like new. The shipment could be tracked.
An additional impulse was that, according to friends, Linux has become much more user-friendly than it was originally. Thus, a few years ago I switched to Linux - and I am very satisfied!
It was not difficult to master Linux and work in a new way, and it did not require special lessons. Relief from the fact that it is not necessary to pay special attention to the fighting viruses can not be overemphasized.
I've been using Linux for nearly 5 years. Before that I used only Windows of different versions. This is like night and day. Full immunity from viruses, no freaks, which we constantly had to deal with in Windows.
Linux works quickly, without failures, does not require defragmentation, periodically renews itself and is easily reinstalled if necessary.
Of course, I had to get used to Linux, but it was not difficult at all. Most of the usual and necessary applications are already there in Linux and they look and work almost in the same way. The main advantage, of course, is that you do not have to use stolen software.
Linux relieved me from feeling of awkwardness that came from knowing that you use pirated software. "Linux" gives freedom and security. I strongly recommend that other users try "Linux" on their own hardware!
My host system is old, but Linux accepts hardware and upgrades easily. I am a dummy user, at first I was very much afraid I won't cope with it, but I quickly saw that working with the Office and other applications is easier than in Windows, and handy tooltips allow you to learn.
All the necessary apps - and lots above that - are already built into the system, so you do not have to drag them secretly from the Internet. I highly recommend Linux to all users - both professionals and dummies like me.
I constantly faced a dilemma - either to endlessly pay, and pay, and pay - or to use pirated, i.e. stolen software. Another advantage of Linux is that there are no viruses.
Linux works fine on old hardware. It is convenient to use, I feel very comfortable. I recommend everyone to switch to Linux - you will not regret it.
I want to express special gratitude to Victor Stadnichenko. He is a first-class IT specialist and a professional computer expert. We live in different cities and countries, but Victor always helped me, a very dummy user, in numerous problems.
Victor has been taking remote care of our computers for a few years, answered our questions immediately and assisted in our learning of Linux terminal commands.
Victor Stadnichenko had created our website and successfully supported it for many years. He published complex multilingual texts there and solved any technical problems.
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