"Once it was fair to say that Linux was the preserve of small
coterie of computer nerds typing away in their parents' basements
and spare rooms. This is no longer so, however, as the free and
easy-to-use operating system with a reputation for rock-solid
reliability is coming out of the shadows. It's shaking off its
geeky reputation by getting some computing street cred as a fast
web browsing and music platform.
"Andrew Miller, technology journalist and founder of
thinkabouttech.com is a self-avowed Linux devotee and typical of
its supporters. "For 97 per cent of computer users, Linux is
perfect. Nowadays pretty much everyone is living in the cloud --
with all of our data storage based online -- and Linux offers you
absolutely everything you need. For work, you have OpenOffice, for
music you have Spotify and for instant messaging you have Pigeon.
So it's not just a case of it being as good as Windows, because for
a large majority of things Linux is actually better," he says."