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Sep 28, 1999, 16:12 (4 Talkback[s])
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"One of the biggest questions that nearly every new user wonders about is roughly: What am I going to do when I want to run (insert your favorite application here)? And most new users who are installing Linux already know the simple answer to this ever-daunting question: keep an old 95 partition tucked away on your hard drive, and just dual boot the machine. Simple enough. I did it myself, and for a long while, it's what I recommended to all my friends thinking of converting to Linux. But things have changed, and I've learned three things about the Linux community that have made me change my mind. Here's why:..."

"Word Perfect, Civilization-Call to Power, and Quake III Arena. Applications that rank among the most significant for the Linux community for one simple reason: you can run each native on a Linux box. These three applications represent a growing trend among software developers. Linux has moved on from being the latest IT fad. It is now a viable development platform..."

"If you're at all like I was when I first made my transition to Linux, I was really skeptical of the quality of open source applications. Sure, I had heard of some cool applications like Mozilla being produced under an open source model, but I figured that quality application developed in this style were as rare as a detailed error code from a Mac. Until, that is, I compiled GIMP."

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