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Corel.com: Making the Grade with Linux®: A Viable Alternative for Students

Oct 31, 1999, 17:30 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Katz-Hyman)

"It's 2 a.m. and you're sitting in your dorm room, putting the finishing touches on a 3,000 word term paper. Suddenly an ominous, blue light fills your room. What could it be? BSOD-the "Blue Screen of Death" as it is known in the computer world. That sure sign of a horrible crash under Windows® has just befallen you at the worst time. Sound familiar? Unfortunately, for many of the millions of Windows users it just might. But what can be done when all the applications that you know and love reside under Windows? Is there life beyond the BSOD? There sure is, and it's better!"

"The answer is Linux®, that "rogue" operating system that students sometimes see running on one of the machines in the computer lab. Maybe there is that kid who comes into class everyday with a new "Penguin" shirt on, proclaiming the Linux panacea. The thought of installing a UNIX®-like OS on a personal computer seems ridiculous if not intimidating, especially if you're new to Linux. But there are several important factors that make Linux the ideal operating system for any student wanting a stable, viable alternative to "that other OS."

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