Apparently using Linux can help reduce E-Waste.
According to the article:
"A typical hardware refresh period for Microsoft Windows is 3-4 years. A major UK manufacturing organisation quotes its hardware refresh period for Linux systems as 6-8 years." A significant difference...a doubling even, of the lifetime of a computer.That's doubling the lifetime of a computer. A possible explanation based on my experience using Linux desktop is that a user normally changes computer when there's a significant release of an operating system. For example:
- Windows XP ----> Windows Vista
- Mac OS X 10 ----> Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)
Now questions for all of you to ask yourself:
How long do you normally use a computer before you change it? Is it about time you consider changing your computer because Vista is finally out? If you're thinking like that then.........
You're creating more dumps and people from poor regions will suffer.
Solutions? I have 3 suggestions, take a pick on your favourite one and implement it.
- Change your computer only when it is near the end of its life, meaning you can't even start it.
- Dump Microsoft Windows and embrace Linux.
- Donate to a fund teaching people form poor regions how to use Linux.
- 486 processor
- 16MB RAM (32MB suggested)
- 100-500 megabytes of hard disk space for a minimal and around 3.5GB for full install
- 3.5" floppy drive
So which is your choice? Choose wisely, it's for making the world a better place.