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The Independent: 'The Overall Feeling I Got from Linux as a Simple Desktop User was One of Freedom'

Jul 10, 2003, 13:00 (6 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Charles Arthur)

[ Thanks to Tim Williams for this link. ]

"My description here last week of my failed initial efforts to install one particular version (a 'distribution') of Linux--the free PC-operating system--raised a sort of collective howl from the Linux community. 'Shouldn't have tried Debian,' they said. 'Should have gone with the advice people gave you, and tried Mandrake or Red Hat.'

"They also passed along many useful suggestions, which I'll round up here next week. In the meantime, though, as I've started the tale with woe, I thought I'd finish with triumph.

"Having failed with Debian (which demonstrates that not all Linux 'distros' are created equal in novices' eyes), I got in touch with Yourlinux.com. They generously sent me enough distributions to keep installing until Christmas: Mandrake 9.1 (three CDs), Red Hat (in the guise of 'Blue Square,' due to copyright restrictions that Red Hat has placed on it), Peanut and Slackware, and Suse on a stand-alone CD (meaning that rather than have to wipe your Windows hard drive, you just put a few files on it while most of the operating system is stored on the disc)..."

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