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Living without Windows!

Aug 08, 1999, 15:38 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jos Visser)

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Jos Visser has put together an very good series on living without Windows. He's written 16 articles in the series.

"As I left my new house in a desolate 'polder' in the Netherlands, I saw a bright white light beam down from the sky, and a thundering voice spoke to me in a strange, but not unfamiliar, tongue. Then, all went blue and as soon as I regained conciousness it dawned on me that I had been given a mission: to try and 'Live without Windows'. Not one for careful contemplation, I immediately removed Windows from my laptop and installed Linux."

"Unfortunately, we live in a Windows world. Almost all of my collegues, co-workers, friends and customers use Windows and, more importantly, Windows applications. They insist on storing stuff on NT servers, print via NT print servers and sending me files created with Windows applications. I regularly need to be able to retrieve, read and print these files. Can I survive just running Linux? What problems will I run into? Would I still be able to interoperate with others in any meaningful way?"

"In any case, there is no turning back now. My hard disk has been cleansed and I am writing this in the Netscape HTML Composer running under SuSE Linux 5.3. The next few months will be interesting times as I have decided to go on Living without Windows!"

"In this series of articles, you can read about my experiences as I move between the great unwashed and try to interoperate with them. What problems have I run into? How did I solve them? Whom have I turned over to the true belief?"

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