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Linux Orbit: Kicking the Windows Habit

Aug 26, 2000, 11:13 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Gowin)

[ Thanks to John Gowin for this link. ]

"Recently, I suffered a loss that most computer users will experience at one time or another. My Quantex laptop, my workstation for the last 16 months or so, crashed. The hard drive has died and now I must wait endless hours on the telephone trying to speak to a human in tech-support so I can send the darn thing back to them to fix. (If you sense hostility, it's directed at Quantex, not you, the reader.)"

"In the meantime, I had only two choices to replace my workstation so that I could remain productive at the office. One was an IndyBox desktop computer that has been running Red Hat Linux for the past year and serving as our ADSL gateway for our network. The other machine was a Toshiba laptop that I recently converted to Linux Mandrake... Since I used one previously, I chose the laptop to take over as my workstation, and I decided to stick with Linux and see if I couldn't go cold turkey and kick my Windows habit."

"So far, the experiment is a resounding success, and I don't plan on going back to Windows when my Quantex laptop gets fixed. Which should be in a month or so. ... In a normal week, I may use about a dozen applications on a Windows machine. ... With my trusty Toshiba laptop running Linux-Mandrake 7.1, I was able to get configured and running all the applications I wanted in about half a work day. That included downloading and installing most of them."

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