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Blogcritics: A Non-Techie Discovers Free, Legal Software

Jan 03, 2007, 04:00 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Diane Kristine)

"Though I'm reasonably comfortable with computers--to use, not to sound intelligent about--and I like the opportunity for playtime they provide, I'm not what the techies would call an early adopter. It was probably a year after my brother encouraged me to get out of my Internet Explorer comfort zone and try Firefox before I took the plunge. Then I kicked myself for not doing it sooner.

"I get that open source means the underlying code is made freely available so any old geek can work with it, leading to improvements and add ons, but it's not as though I'm ever going to do that. To me, open source means free software that can compete with the big boys--and often blow them out of the water..."

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