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ZDNet: Why I've Learned to Like Linux (But Not to Love It)

Jun 18, 2002, 13:00 (46 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by David Coursey)

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"Hello from Linux! Today's column, a follow-up to my first 'Life with Linux' story, is being prepared using the KWord word processor that's included with the KDE desktop I installed atop Red Hat Linux 7.3 Personal Edition. So far, so good.

"At the end of the last column, I was struggling with how to change the screen resolution on my monitor. Turns out this is managed by a piece of middleware called X Windows, familiar to all in the Linux/Unix community. Alas, the only way to change the screen from low-resolution 640x480 to a more useful 1024x768 was to run a program called Xconfigurer from the command prompt. Or I could simply reinstall the OS, which seemed like the easier way out.

"I used the opportunity to change machines, too. Moving from a 166MHz Pentium with something like 10MB RAM to a 500MHz AMD K6 with 256MB RAM had, as expected, a dramatic effect on system performance..."

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