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InfoWorld: Take It For a Test Drive

Aug 12, 2002, 09:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Russell Pavlicek)

[ Thanks to Jason Greenwood for this link. ]

"When it comes to buying cars, I hate test drives. Maybe I've encountered just one too many used-car salesmen with bad hair and a disingenuous smile who would gladly sell his grandmother to make a buck. The specter of a high-pressure pitchman leering over my shoulder makes me uncomfortable.

"But not all test drives have to be that way. One of the joys of working with open source is that there is so much software out there just waiting to be test driven -- with nary a used car salesman in sight.

"Indeed, people wanting to assess the usefulness of Linux can test drive the entire OS if they want to. And thanks to the inventive nature of the open-source community, you don't even need to go through a software install if you would prefer not to bother..."

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