posted on Feb, 20 2007 @ 12:20 PM
Back in the day of my old 486, I installed a quaint little operating system, text based as all were of that time, and like all others, it came with a
whole different set of commands you had to use.
At the time it wasnt just DOS, MAC, and good old Unix... there were others, but in hindsight, they werent really worth mentioning.
Back then, everything had to be done manually. You want to load a program into ram... you actually had to load a program into RAM.
You wanted to save a document?... well, yeah, you had to specify the exact path name and file extension.
You wanted to copy files? Well, get out your cheat-sheets because you had to use commands for that too.
It's hard for most people to understand just how computers were used back then, especially for those of my sisters generation, who has never seen,
nor even heard of a computer that didnt have a mouse, and an easy to use GUI.
Now, since Windows and Mac started their massive marketing campaigns, Linux has been quite unheard of to most people. When mentioned, the average
person who knows something of linux from history, thinks back to the old text based operating system. Thats because they havent seen it since... it's
been there, oh it's been there, and it's been evolving... ALOT.
In fact, most people I show linux to now, when they start copying files, opening documents, playing games, and generally just using it for fun tell me
how it just simply makes sense. The operating system has had millions of programmers behind it... you dont have to hire these programmers, you dont
have to pay them, they are the programmers who use linux for their own means, and modify it to meet those means. Those modifications are added to the
original package and then labelled a 'flavor'. It is because of this process that Linux is alot easier to use than it's predecessor... about as
easy to use as windows... the basic installation is so hard to screw up by accident, I feel confident letting a child use my computer... and the thing
just wont die.
I can do anything, download anything, and I never have to worry about it harming my computer.
I dont have to worry about which files I want to delete, because you have to be pretty serious about destroying your linux operating system, to
actually destroy it.
Now, Johnsky... why all of a sudden are you praising linux?
Just today, I was working on my computer, placing a custom metal face I machined onto the front of it.
I have an inherrant habit of working on the machine, while it's on...
for those of you who work on computers... metal part... attaching... ON?!
... yeah, well... my flaws set aside... it arc'd, bright blue flash went right from that metal part, into the hard disk drive. Uh oh... and yep, the
computer started a bootup sequence.
Now I've done it. I've just ****ed my hard drive up and everything that was on it.
Now get this.
As it was booting, it couldnt load the linux kernel files, because they were fried. However... my version of linux keeps multiple copies of it's
kernel files for just that case!
It loaded it's backup kernel files, and of course, detected a whole wack of corrupted parts of the hard drive... and salvaged everything it could!
Windows is completley incapable of that. If the windows kernel is screwed, its just simply screwed.
You can try using your recovery CD... but that doesnt allways work.
Even if you get windows back up, it will notice that your hard drive is corrupted, and instead of salvaging what it can... it gets rid of it...
everything. All that hard work... gone.
I had no idea Linux was able to salvage data like that until today.
And I especially didnt expect that it could do it Automatically!
No wonder I never have to do data extraction on linux computers... chances are, they will do it themselves.
Some of you would look at this and say... yay... it salvages... So?!
For those of you who are not familiar with computers... this would be like your car hitting a brick wall... picking up it's peices, and then putting
itself back together again.
Yet another day using linux, yet another reason I will continue to keep Linux as my primary operating system.