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ZDNet UK: AnchorDesk UK: Why Linux kicks Windows all over the desktop

Feb 15, 2001, 16:57 (11 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Kingman)

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"This week I was busy rebuilding my Linux desktop. That's right -- I am a member of that supposedly rare species, the Linux desktop user. ... In three years, I've never had to do anything as rash as a complete system backup, wipe, and reinstall -- a yearly or semi-yearly necessity in my Windows days."

"My work-issue ThinkPad originally came with Windows 98, but right away I added the Debian Slink release with a custom 2.0.something kernel. Since then, I've installed and uninstalled hundreds of different Linux applications and dozens of kernels. Some I built from source code, some I installed from *.deb packages, some from *.rpms using alien. Most, I simply installed by typing 'apt-get install foo' and waiting a few seconds for the new software to arrive."

"Three times, when new Debian distributions were released, I upgraded hundreds of packages at once by editing my /etc/apt/sources.list and typing apt-get update; apt-get dist-upgrade. These updates took maybe half an hour each, and were real cliff-hangers... it doesn't really seem possible for automated system administration tools to handle a whole release upgrade, so it's always pretty astonishing when you come out the other side with a brand new system."

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