How Linux helped me Solve Computer Problems
10 years ago before I graduated from college, I was a total computer dummy. The best knowledge that I had about computers were how to create, edit and store file or to play simple games on the PC. I never fancied much about computers although I had one since I was in high school. Things took an overnight shift only a few months to my graduation. Now I easily know how to do various things like using Linux for solving computer problems.
I had been working on my final year projects which would ensure the completion of my studies before the worst happened on the night prior to my presentation of one of my projects. All through my life, I had been using Windows as my primary operating system. That night, I edited my work and tried to revise it because I had an oral presentation that morning, my computer froze. It was a real shock to me. I tried restarting it in vain. At times it would restart, but before I managed to grab the file which contained the work that I had done, it would freeze again.
It was as irritating as I tried solving the freezing issue. I began getting worried because I was scheduled to present my work before our professor and other panelist in the morning. Therefore I needed to do something so that I can recover the project which I had worked on for almost 4 months. My PC however, refused to ‘cooperate’. It was so annoying that I almost smashed it on the wall. I just didn’t know what I would explain to my professor if I didn’t present my work.
A Hassle-free Operating System
I tried all I could, but the machine didn’t ‘behave’ appropriately. At one point, I even called some computer science students so that they could assist me to retrieve the document, but all was in vain. Therefore, the next morning, I feigned sickness and spent the day at the college’s sanatorium. I needed a genuine excuse before I could think of the best way forward.
Of course I wasn’t sick, and just spent the most part of the morning there as I tried to figure out the way out of my mess. All this time, I had left some colleagues with my PC so that they could try to retrieve the files for me. I was frightened that I could fail to graduate.
An hour to midday, after the physician at the clinic attended to me, I returned back to my hostel only to find that a friend had just revived the old machine. I quickly recovered my documents and after saving it in a flash memory, I ran to the lecture hall where the presentations were taking place. I was lucky that the process was still on and the medical documents that I had were a proof that I couldn’t have made it in the morning schedule.
Later that afternoon, I felt that I needed to do something about the PC. It had almost disappointed me and I couldn’t take another risk. Some folks suggested that I needed to upgrade the OS but I was not ready to spend another buck in any upgrades. I also couldn’t afford purchasing Macintosh and therefore the next option was Linux.
Benefits of using Linux Operating System
Using Linux was not easy as I anticipated and there was a lot that I needed to learn about the OS. But on the first instance that I booted my PC with Linux, I was sure that I had made the right decision. The computer had initially become quiet slow despite my frequent updates, but the first few days after installing Linux, I realized that it was considerably giving me a good performance.
Apparently as I came to learn later, the Linux OS uses minimal resources in operation thus it is the best OS for aged computers. The facts that it was free made me feel that I had made the right decision by installing it. I was literally liberated from slavery.
Till the day that I gifted that PC to my cousin, I never experienced any downtime again. It always gave me the best performance that I anticipated and also it helped me learn a few basics about developments. Today, I used an Ubuntu-based computer and it too gives me the best services that I ever year for.