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Nov 14, 2001, 10:56 (60 Talkback[s])
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"I have had experiences with Mozilla and earlier versions of Netscape that, to put it kindly, were less than satisfactory. As someone who works online all day, a browser is my single most important piece of software, and browsers have been my biggest disappointment in Linux. Now I'm using Netscape 6.2 and, for the first time in years, I am happy with the browser on my screen.

First, let me explain that I am a big-time software luddite. I got dragged into graphical computing (from DOS to Windows) only when it became impossible to view many useful Web pages in Lynx and other text-only browsers. I was happy with DOS and it was happy with me. But as my writing appeared online more and more, and the WWW became a more and more useful research tool, I had to modernize. I replaced my old 286 with a (used) 386 and started running Windows 3.1 and Netscape 2. I got cute pictures online, yes I did, and I loved them. The idea of just pointing and clicking to move around not only the Internet but also my local hard drive was also very nice. I liked this a lot more than typing text commands every time I wanted to open a Web page or a piece of software.

But in return for a cuted-up Web and easier computer use in general, I had to accept the fact that now and then my computer would suddenly stop working for no apparent reason. I found this irritating, and since this seemed to happen more often than not when I was writing on a tight deadline, it was often costly. The money I spent on Windows was nothing compared to the money and time I lost from Windows crashes. This was what started me on the quest for a non-crashing operating system that led me to Linux."

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