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Linux: The Little Operating System That Really Can

Nov 01, 2007, 01:30 (0 Talkback[s])

"I began what I like to think of as my 'Linux Adventure,' in February of 2006 on a short, much-frazzled shoestring. I couldn't afford to buy a new, or even a late model second-hand computer to use with Linux and I wasn't prepared to give up Windows. Used computers are comparatively easy to find but my choices were narrowed down to what I could afford. My first Linux computer was a 266 MHz P2 with 128 MB of RAM. Of several full featured distros, Debian 3.1 (Sarge) was the only one I was able to install on it and, at that, I had to learn how to do some very geeky post-install tweaking. I later acquired a 333 MHz Celeron with 256 MB of RAM and it too seemed best suited to Debian 3.1. As time progressed I was able to finagle and trade my way up to my current Linux machine which is an 800 MHz Duron with 512 MB of RAM running Debian 4.0 (Etch). Debian Etch, by the way, didn't require any geeky post-install tweaking, although I did have to ascend a short learning curve to give it multimedia capabilities, and is at least as user friendly as was my first Windows 98 computer. In my opinion, anyone who contends that Linux isn't ready for the ordinary desktop user hasn't tried it and/or isn't an ordinary desktop user..."

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