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May 31, 2001, 03:25 (16 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Dennis E. Powell)

There are many questions about Linux that go unanswered because it would just take too long to do the research. Risking his life on the dreaded Interstate 95 and associated roadways, Dennis E. Powell has done the research necessary to answer one of them, satisfying the curiousity of the thousands, hundreds, scores, dozens (or, when you get right down to it, probably a number you could count on the fingers of one hand) of people who were wondering.

"You may be among those tormented by the question: Which takes longer, compiling the KDE-2.2 beta on a Pentium 166 with 104 megs of memory or driving from Western Connecticut to Key West, Florida, on a busy holiday weekend?

If you are, your anguish is soon to be relieved. I've tried, over time, to resolve the burning issues that don't quite make it to the FAQ lists because it would involve too much work to provide an accurate answer. It was me, for instance, who proved that it is possible to run Microsoft Bob in a VMware virtual machine. This is not the kind of information you can get anywhere else. It is a valuable service, understanding that value is a continuum that begins immediately above zero.

Motivated to add primary research to the world's store of knowledge and thereby uplift all persons, last week I hopped into the rental car, fired up the motor, typed "./configure", and headed down the road."

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