"Recently, I suffered a loss that most computer users will
experience at one time or another. My Quantex laptop, my
workstation for the last 16 months or so, crashed. The hard drive
has died and now I must wait endless hours on the telephone trying
to speak to a human in tech-support so I can send the darn thing
back to them to fix. (If you sense hostility, it's directed at
Quantex, not you, the reader.)"
"In the meantime, I had only two choices to replace my
workstation so that I could remain productive at the office. One
was an IndyBox desktop computer that has been running Red Hat Linux
for the past year and serving as our ADSL gateway for our network.
The other machine was a Toshiba laptop that I recently converted to
Linux Mandrake... Since I used one previously, I chose the
laptop to take over as my workstation, and I decided to stick with
Linux and see if I couldn't go cold turkey and kick my Windows
"So far, the experiment is a resounding success, and I don't
plan on going back to Windows when my Quantex laptop gets
fixed. Which should be in a month or so. ... In a normal week,
I may use about a dozen applications on a Windows machine. ... With
my trusty Toshiba laptop running Linux-Mandrake 7.1, I was able to
get configured and running all the applications I wanted in about
half a work day. That included downloading and installing most of
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