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Fox News: Linux with Themes: A Good-Looking Geek Magnet

Oct 20, 2000, 18:23 (2 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Michael Della Bitta)

[ Thanks to Damion Hancock and Bruce Holzrichter for this link. ]

"It'd be easy to assume that Linux, the de facto computer-geek operating system, would look pretty boring. But the bright, colorful desktops might surprise you. Linux -- a free alternative to commercial operating systems like Windows and the Mac OS -- has been built from the ground up to be entirely customizable. So all you need are a few programming skills to get your desktop to look like ... well, whatever you want."

"But most users aren't up to the programming task, and that's where Themes.org comes in. It's a clearinghouse for the work of other Linux programmers who have come up with some cutting-edge looks for the gratis Linux system. And in the tradition of Linux's Open Source movement, these operating system makeovers are free downloads."

"Linux has a strong tradition of grassroots, community effort, and the interface aspect is no different. Themes.org is primarily a volunteer organization," said Greg Sanders, Themes.org's site manager. But do you need a computer-science degree to run this beast? "The idea that Linux is for übergeeks is outdated," Sanders pointed out. "A few years ago this was true, but it does not apply now."

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