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LXer: A Year Without (MS) Windows: Completing the Conversion of a Windows User

Nov 10, 2005, 01:00 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Don Parris)

[ Thanks to DC Parris for this link. ]

"I realize the title might mislead you to believe that I've been trapped in a dank, dark underground dungeon for a year. In reality, though, I have been without Microsoft Windows for over a year. On November 1 of last year I blew away my old Windows 98/SUSE Linux 8.0 Professional dual-boot installation, and loaded SUSE Linux 9.2 Professional, by itself, on my box. While I know others have been Windows-free for much longer than a year, others simply cannot imagine doing without it. Here's my experience.

"I started in 1995 with a DOS 6.22/Windows 3.11 box. I quickly learned to manage my memory and other system features by editing the *.ini files, along with config.sys and autoexec.bat. I could fix things that went wrong by going to those files and making minor changes. I would occasionally revamp my system completely, and became something of a shade tree computer tech. I would later discover the advantages of separating the GUI from the underlying operating system, but at the time, that was all I really knew. I honestly am grateful to have experienced Microsoft's operating systems--it's how I got into computing..."

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