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Washington Post: Not Quite User-Friendly, But It's Getting There

Jun 12, 2000, 03:17 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by John Schwartz)

"I installed Linux--and lived!"

"It's become a standard saga of pain and woe in the geek press. Time was that anyone who wanted to use the free software originally developed by Linus Torvalds and now running millions of computers worldwide had to pay a high price in frustration and wasted time."

"I decided to see what would happen if a mere mortal--me--tried to take Linux home. It wasn't ideological; I've got no deep-seated antipathy toward Microsoft. I just wanted to get the feel of the increasingly popular operating system, and to be able to say that I had joined the intrepid band of the walking wounded, those who suffered in the name of Linus Torvalds, Penguins and all that uber-geeks hold sacred."

"I was dumbfounded to discover that installing Linux was easy. Why? Well, the world has changed. No more do you have to understand everything about Linux before you install it, downloading the many chunks of code necessary to run a complete system and getting them all to work together. That was BSW--before shrink-wrap. With companies such as Red Hat and Corel putting all the software you need in a box, the pain is (nearly) gone."

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