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Washington Post: Going to Work in Linux

Jun 23, 2000, 11:46 (10 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

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"Linux may have a reputation as a specialized uber-tool, something used by computer-science graduates to run Web servers or code Internet software. But many users of this free operating system don't employ it for anything fancier than the bread-and-butter tasks familiar to most Windows and Mac users--writing letters, wasting time on the Web, editing photos, or playing a game or two."

"That's a change: In the past two years, user-friendly point-and-click Linux programs have become available in most of these categories of everyday-use software, so moving to Linux doesn't have to mean writing your letters to Grandma in a programmer's text editor. These days, if you're so inclined, the main Windows "features" you'd give up by moving to Linux would be frequent system crashes, virus threats and expensive software upgrades."

"So what are the Linux programs that can replace the Windows software you're accustomed to? Have a look at this list. The applications in it not only fill vital computing needs but also work so much like their Windows equivalents that you can learn to use them in a few minutes..."

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