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Migrating to Linux, Part 1: Sharing a Room With Windows

Jul 17, 2009, 21:32 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jack M. Germain)

"I tested an advanced beta version of the Windows 7 OS scheduled for release in October. That release contains no killer Windows app to justify the cost and hassle of moving up the Microsoft chain. I found no reason to upgrade any of my computers to yet another Microsoft Windows bloated product. So I took a self-imposed challenge to see if I could survive my daily and personal computing routines in a non-Windows OS.

"Strategies for Change
Sure, I could stay with Windows XP and use its security updates from Microsoft for a few more years. Buying into the Mac alternative was not an option -- I didn't need another computer. I was determined not to let that Microsoft mentality keep me from trying Linux.

"So six months ago I took the plunge and wiped Windows off the hard drive of an ailing desktop PC. The Windows XP registry was terribly mangled and refused to boot to the desktop. Since that decision to put Ubuntu Linux on the misbehaving box, I have not looked back."

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