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The Independent: Windows Costs Around £80; Linux is Free...

Jul 03, 2003, 11:30 (14 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Arthur)

"Although you may have heard of Linux--super-stable, free, doesn't suffer from Windows viruses--few people have used it on the desktop. Unless you go looking very hard for one, you won't find a retail machine with Linux pre-installed; Microsoft has in the past put considerable pressure on PC manufacturers not to sell anything besides Windows. And for manufacturers, there's little point in bothering to put anything but Windows on--because that's what the overwhelming majority of people want (initially). And if you want to install Linux, you can.

"Of course, the reverse would be true if by some accident of history Linux were the dominant PC operating system. Except there's a big price difference: Windows will cost you around £80, but Linux costs a few pounds for a 'distribution'--two or three CDs containing a collection of the basic operating system, plus programs for e-mail, web, writing, drawing, graphing, and so on, all packaged in a GUI (graphical user interface)..."

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