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Linux.com: Birth of a Newbie

Feb 19, 2000, 20:56 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Thomas B. Wilson)

"This weekly article will chronicle the misadventures of a Linux Newbie. I will comment on different tutorials, programs, and all that contributes to my Linux evolution. I welcome interaction from readers and will share their mutual experiences as we go along.

When I contemplate my arrival as a Newbie I often think of it in mythological terms similar to religious conversion, loss of virginity, or sacrificial rituals. Linux vs. Microsoft is a classic David vs. Goliath story. Linux is the underdog of operating systems, the common man fighting for free, open source code. Microsoft, on the other hand, is widely regarded as a monopolistic hegemony straight from the Dark Side in Star Wars.

However, there are good reasons to be concerned about equating a software operating system to a mythological level. Is my choice of operating systems really a choice between good and evil, Linux vs. Microsoft? After all, what "good" is Linux if the average Newbie can not easily install and configure it? Personally, I have wasted far too much time trying to get DOS/Windows to work. Why do I want to struggle with a new set of Linux problems if Windows marginally meets my needs already? It is the content of my work that is important, not the vehicle used to create it."

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