Today is the last day of 2005. From tomorrow, it is the dawn of a new year - 2006. As usual, many of us are introspecting about the year gone by and at the same time resolving to set right the mistakes, bad habits and other faults of ours. So this is the time for new year resolutions.
The year 2006 has a lot in store for us in terms of excitement, knowledge, cutting edge technologies and more. Excitement because this year will see the release of three major projects - two by commercial multi-billion dollar corporations and one by the equally strong player in the Free Software Movement.
For the first time in the history of Apple, 2006 will see the formal release of Mac OSX on the Intel platform . 2006 will also see the release of a new operating system by Microsoft called Vista - which it hopes, will change the way people perceive of Microsoft Operating Systems.
But as a Linux enthusiast, the one thing I am looking forward to in right earnest is the release of KDE 4.0 for the Linux platform. KDE 4.0 is seen by many as a fitting answer in terms of usability, stability, beauty and aesthetics in the desktop arena. It is said to contain a lot of improvements over the current version of KDE and is being designed with the lay person in mind. There is a lot of hope that the release of KDE 4.0 will see a major push for Linux in the PC desktop market. And even though this alone may not be enough for a Linux dominance, it will definitely increase the use of Linux by desktop users.
5 New Year Resolutions in favour of Linux
But as a Linux user, each one of us have a duty to act proactively so that Linux finds more acceptance with the computer users in general. So here are my new year resolutions for 2006 favouring Linux
- First and foremost I have resolved that I will earnestly help anyone I come across who is facing a problem in installing Linux on their machine.
- I have a huge cache of Linux CDs of a variety of distributions which includes Ubuntu, PCLinuxOS, Fedora, Knoppix, SuSe among others. I have decided that I will hand out these CDs to anybody that I come across who is even remotely associated with computers. What is more, during the conversation, I will persuade him or her to install and try out Linux on their machine.
- If ever I have to take decisions regarding buying new computers or any other hardware like printers and scanners, I will make sure that those hardware have support for Linux. Also I will make a strong pitch to embrace Linux over other OSes (where ever possible) at my work place.
- Through my writings, I will share my views and experiences with everybody in using Linux on a day-to-day basis.
- And lastly, I have resolved that I will give my support to only those candidates or political parties in my country which strongly supports the embrace of Open Source software over proprietary ones in the government. Why this last resolution ? Well I will explain that in another post.
If you have any new year resolutions in favour of Linux, then you are most welcome to include them as a comment in this post.