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SF Chronicle: Replacing Windows With Linux Is Tricky

Jun 03, 1999, 11:23 (43 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Henry Norr)


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"To see just what would be involved in replacing Windows with Linux as a desktop operating system, I recently tried out two of the latest releases of the open-source OS, Caldera Systems' OpenLinux 2.2 and Red Hat Software's Red Hat Linux 6.0. I also checked out a word-processing application, Corel's WordPerfect 8 for Linux. It was my first experience with Linux or any form of Unix."

"On the whole, it wasn't encouraging: Trying to install the new OS on a machine already set up for Windows 98 brought me up against a long list of frustrations, and I still don't have Red Hat running."

"The main problem with installing Linux alongside Windows is that the two systems require different hard drive formats, so they have to be installed on separate drives or partitions."

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