With the end of life of Windows 7 in early January 2020, this operating system will receive no updates, and users will find themselves with a computer at risk from hackers and malware. Little by little, this system will become more and more incompatible with the software we use on a daily basis.
If you change your computer, and you buy yet another to have a computer powerful enough to run Windows 10, it is possible that you will have to change your printer, scanner or other device not compatible with this new system.
It is time to take control of the ways in which we use the communications tools available to us.
How many of use have actively CHOSEN the operating systems and software that we use to an increasing extent in our professional and personal communications?
Most often, we use systems and software that are pre-installed on the computers that we buy. We use certain software simply because they are what everyone else uses. In how many other domains of our lives do we allow such a situation to exist?
We see an increasing exploitation of users by software companies seeking to ‘lock in’ users in order to gain commercial advantage from an artificial monopoly. Their misuse and commercialisation of our data is becoming more and more apparent.
The free and opensource software available, enables us take control of, and maximise the use of these tools – not just for the benefit of companies, but for ourselves, and the community that exists around the use and development of free software tools.
Discover the opportunities available to you through the use of free and open-source software and operating systems.
“Free software” means software that respects users’ freedom and community. Roughly, it means that the users have the freedom to run, copy, distribute, study, change and improve the software. Thus, “free software” is a matter of liberty, not price. – Richard Stallman