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NewsForge: A Microsoft Guy Tackles Linux

Jul 12, 2003, 05:30 (8 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Nissan Dookeran)

"I am not especially a Linux advocate. I go with whatever software works best for me in terms of usefulness and feasibility. I'm Microsoft-certified, so persons meeting me classify me as The Microsoft Guy. However, thanks to the people I met at last month's Free, Libre and Open Source Conference, and guidance from the Trinidad and Tobago Linux Users' Group (TTLUG) mailing list, I have learned that free and open source applications are ready for mainstream use. Armed with my newfound knowledge, not only was it unbelievably easy to move from Windows XP to Red Hat Linux 9, I had fun doing it!

"With my first Linux experience installing Slackware back in 1996 or 1997, I had to do lots of homework. There were things you needed to know including stuff most computer users would not want to bother with, such as the correct vertical and horizontal refresh rates of your specific brand of monitor. You had to set these correctly (manually--there was no auto-detect feature then) or else you would literally fry your monitor. This instantly discouraged mere mortals from trying Linux.

"Since that time I have learned Windows 9x/2000/XP desktop and server variants and various applications for them because they're what most people were using and where most people needed support. I kept tabs on Linux, trusting that the open source community would keep improving Linux to the point where I could confidently advise people about using Linux as a viable alternative..."

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