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PC World: Is Linux Right for You?

Apr 02, 2000, 21:02 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew Newton)

"We put Linux on a test PC, and in eight weeks it never crashed. But are you any closer to ditching Windows than you were six months ago? Here's what you need to know before you decide."

"Until now, a notoriously frustrating installation process stopped most people from loading Linux on their desktops and notebooks. Corel, however, has remedied this problem..."

"Hardware compatibility, especially for printers, has posed another obstacle to using Linux on your PC..., but in response to the massive growth of the Linux user base, peripheral makers have begun to come up with the necessary drivers."

"The final roadblock facing Linux has been the lack of popular software that will run on it."

"Linux advocates expect the software situation to improve soon. Corel is investing not only in its own distribution of Linux, but in a Linux version of its massive Windows-based WordPerfect Office suite..."

"In light of Linux's impressive progress over the past six months, the choice between Windows and Linux has gotten a lot more difficult to make. To simplify the situation, we've formulated several questions you should ask yourself before deciding whether to make the jump or stand pat."

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