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Thresh's Firingsquad: What's this Linux Thing?

Sep 15, 1999, 16:26 (4 Talkback[s])
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"Some of the stereotypes above have a grain of truth in them. Others are complete misconceptions. This article is meant to shine the light of truth on some of the hype and anti-hype that is currently swirling around one of the most misunderstood operating systems in computer history."

"The three biggest draws to Linux are it's stability, versatility, and raw performance. When compared to the OS's most people are used to, Linux is an extraordinary stable system. It is very rare for a well-administered Linux system to crash in a way that necessitates a reboot. Even for people without system administration experience, Linux is definitely more stable than Windows NT, and almost indescribably more stable than Windows 9x."

"Linux is an operating system with many faces and uses. While it's original claim to fame is it's capabilities as a server OS, Linux has been making big strides in the desktop world. Easy to use interfaces combined with a growing number of business applications have made Linux competitive for a standard corporate desktop. The backrooms of many Fortune 500 companies have been long running Linux, but it is only recently that individual users only recently have been able to seriously consider it as a full featured desktop OS."

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