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PC World: Linux: It's Not Just for Geeks Anymore

Sep 18, 2000, 19:58 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Alexandra Krasne)

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"In years past Linux's unintuitive user interface made the operating system difficult to use for all but the most savvy geeks--and it often sent novices running back to Windows. These days, Linux is a kinder, gentler, more-approachable operating system, nothing like the cryptic command-line-driven beast it once was. And Corel Linux OS Second Edition is the friendliest Linux package we've seen."

"We've tested other Linux distributions before, including Caldera, Red Hat, and Mandrake. Corel's latest Linux distribution, version 1.2, makes leaps and bounds in ease of use and installation. And although Corel offers hand-holding for beginners, advanced users can still escape the graphical user interface and head back to the command line."

"In just four steps, a Windows-only PC can be transformed into a lean, mean, stable Linux machine. Before installing, we checked the Linux Hardware Compatibility site to see if our hardware would run under Linux. Checking compatibility is an especially important step if you have a newer machine, because it may have new hardware architecture that Linux doesn't know about. (As with all OS installations, you should back up your system before you install Corel Linux.)"

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