"It's been a source of some embarrassment that it took me so
long to jump into the penguin pool with the rest of the Linux
"This all changed over the past few weeks, as the Linux penguin
logo seemed to be everywhere. Three factors helped me along: the
much-heralded arrival of version 8.0 of Red Hat's Linux, the
near-frenzied noise leading up to this week's LinuxWorld Conference
and Expo in New York, and the thrall of Kim Lux, an anointed
Calgary-based Linux evangelist who patiently guided me in
installing Red Hat--all by e-mail.
"'The question is this: Is RH8 ready for the desktop?' asked Mr.
Lux when we stopped to admire our success.
"It's not an easy question to answer, and I'll have to play a
little longer with Linux before it's safe to make a