Trey's Super-Fantastic Linux Adventure

Once upon a time, Trey had a computer. That computer ran an Operating System that a lot of people use, but costs a lot of money. That, in itself was okay, but the Operating System wasn't perfect.

There were other people who ran another Operating System. This Operating System wouldn't run on the wide range of hardware that Trey's Operating System would run on. Even so, these people were very smug, always talking about how their Operating System was superior over all others, and implying that this trait carried over to their quality as a human being.

Even though Trey paid a lot of money for his Operating System, there were many vulnerabilities that HaX0rZ took advantage of. The smug users of the other Operating System would always remind Trey of this.

There was another company who had a solution for this. They had a product that you would install under the Operating System that would keep a lookout for people Trey didn't know, trying to run programs on his computer without his permission. This product cost Trey even more money.

But even the product to protect Trey from the vulnerabilities in the Operating System wasn't perfect. More vulnerabilities would be revealed in the Operating System, and the product Trey bought for protection had to be connected to the internet to be updated. Because of this, and the fact that it had to monitor the Operating System at all times, it had to be running all the time. This, in itself was okay, but the product tended to slow the Operating System down a lot, and kept telling Trey about its status with little pop-up notifications.

This annoyed Trey. He paid money for this program so he wouldn't have to worry about the vulnerabilities in his Operating System, not so that he would have a little program to baby-sit. And after a year, he would have to buy the program again.

On top of all of this, the other programs Trey ran on his Operating System, that allowed him to create Music and Images and Entertainment, all wanted more of Trey's money. This, in itself was okay, but with all the things Trey wanted to do on his Operating System, the software makers wanted hundreds of dollars each. Trey knew that his computer could do anything he wanted it to do, but it seemed that the Operating System was preventing his computer from doing anything interesting.

Then, the makers of the Operating System decided they were going to sell him a new Operating System. One with fewer vulnerabilities. One that was shinier than the old Operating System. But the makers of this new Operating System also decided that the computer Trey was using wasn't new enough or fast enough to run it. And they also decided that their new Operating System should cost more than the one they sold him last. Trey's pockets were empty, and Trey had a choice to make.

Trey could either turn to the ways of the Pirate, which are frowned upon in many circles (and commended in others), or he could find another way to get his computer to do the things he wanted it to do.

One day, Trey heard about Linux. It was another Operating System, but some of the things about it didn't make sense to him. How could an Operating System be free? How could all of the programs that run on it be free? How could it be safer from exploitation by HaX0rZ than the Operating System he was running now?

Trey read more about Linux, learning new things all along the way. He started downloading different versions of Linux and trying them out on his Computer. Finally, Trey decided which version of Linux he wanted to stick with.

Using Linux really opened Trey's eyes to the possibilities of computing. It took some figuring out at first, but once he understood how the system operates, it opened up a whole new world. No longer was Trey locked in to what a software manufacturer thought his computer should be used for.

And if Trey ever ran into a problem he couldn't solve on his own, the help files that all his new programs come with were very complete, and read a lot more easily than the help files that ran under his old Operating System, probably because they were written by folks just like Trey. If the help files didn't answer Trey's questions, there were tons of forums and websites on the internet that detail every step of the way in whatever issue he was having.

Every problem Trey ran into, he found a way to solve by reading either the help files, or Linux forums online. And each time, he learned something new about his new Operating System. And every time he learned something new about his Operating System, he not only felt smarter, but was also rewarded with a small sense of accomplishment: something he never felt with his old Operating System.

So Trey's computer lived on, no longer having to worry about being attacked by HaX0rZ, happily doing what Trey wanted it to do. And Trey lived smarter ever after.

The End.

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