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AJC.COM: Trip to Wal-Mart Proves Linux Has Reached the Masses

Oct 28, 2002, 15:10 (16 Talkback[s])

I get the willies when a reader urges me to write about Linux. Don't get me wrong. Linux is a powerful and stable operating system, more stable than the various editions of Windows, including XP.

And there's nothing wrong with the readers who urge me on. I admire them. Nowadays most home computer users are appliance operators. They know where the on switch is and how to click open a program to start it up. That's perfectly sensible --- not everyone wants to be a computer hobbyist. But the Linux folks remind me of the earliest days of computing, when all of us had to know how to tinker with the software and hardware just to survive.

That's how it is now with home users of Linux. It is a terrific operating system, and the people who use it at home are generally knowledgeable and smart. Many have the zeal of a missionary who has discovered the ultimate truth and wants to spread the word. So they urge me to write about Linux.

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