Don't suffer from 'Microsoft-trained brain syndrome'

If you find Linux scary, then you’re one of many victims of this widespread phenomenon. Never fear, though--help is at hand.

By Katherine Noyes, PC World |  Open Source, Linux, Microsoft

Windows users have many, many reasons to consider switching to Linux, as I've pointed out on numerous occasions already. For many, however, there's one big, fat obstacle standing in the way: "Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome."

That's right: It's the simple fact that most of us "grew up" on Microsoft products and so have trouble imagining any other way of doing things.

In fact, that term--Microsoft Trained Brain Syndrome--was widely introduced back in 2009 by a blog post from Tennessee firm ERA Computers & Consulting (ERACC). It was recently brought to light again, however, in a Linux success story this week from First Arkansas News.

"The problem is that people who have lived, worked, and played in a homogeneous Microsoft computing paradigm are lost and confused when they encounter a different paradigm," explained the original ERACC blog. "These people have only seen the flawed Microsoft ideology for how computing systems should work and so have a difficult time with more elegant systems based on Unix.

"They see the Linux system with its own paradigm and ideology and try to force it into the only paradigm they know, which is Microsoft's," the blog adds. "This will always cause the user problems."

50 Million Viruses

Indeed, problems are the primary result of using Windows, I believe--problems with (un)reliability, (in)security, (high) prices, vendor lock-in and rampant malware. Just yesterday, in fact, IT security lab AV-Test registered the 50 millionth new entry into its malware repository, according to a report on The H. What a milestone!

Linux, on the other hand, offers myriad advantages for both business and individual users. It's free, it's reliable, it's highly secure and it's increasingly the choice of businesses large and small.

Originally published on PC World |  Click here to read the original story.
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