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Linux.com: Replacing Windows: Part 1

Jul 12, 2000, 23:26 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by A. Sleep)

"In this series, we will discuss how (and why) to replace Windows with GNU/Linux as your primary operating system (OS) on your home computer. Many articles and HOWTO documents have been written for system and network administrators on replacing Windows NT with GNU/Linux, but they are generally useless to the beginner and the average home user. In this article, we'll walk you through determining if you should use GNU/Linux as your primary OS, selecting software to replace current Windows software, and many other related topics. This installment will give you an general idea of what can be done if and when you switch over to GNU/Linux."

"First things first: get together some information about what you actually do in Windows. If you are like most people, you have a lot of software, and probably don't even know what all of it is used for. The best way to figure out what you need Windows for is to write down everything you do in Windows for a week. At the end of the week, you will have an idea of what you really use your computer for. Remember to take note of the names of the programs you use, as we'll need that later."

"Once you have your list, we can start to figure out if we can replace all the software you use in Windows with a GNU/Linux counterpart. Let's take a look at what is used in an average week for a power user...."

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