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osOpinion: A layman's view of The Linux Operating System

Nov 30, 1999, 06:15 (20 Talkback[s])
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"I have been a computer enthusiast for many years, walked through the days of Windows3.1 up to Windows98, NT4 (with its 5 service packs) and Windows2000beta. I was very eager to try the new operating system that is touted as being much more stable and reliable than other Operating Systems...."

"I have yet to see any television commercial advertising Linux, yet most of the IT people I know and others surrounding them know of or use LINUX. Ask the same people if they have used OS2Warp, BE or the Macintosh OS and many have never had a chance to argue that it is not a major OS that they will ever have to utilize. The other advantage that Linux has is that it is a cut from UNIX, one of the most powerful and widely implemented Network platforms. Unix also has a client base, now many do not have the computer power to run such a platform but what if you could have the same efficiency and stability but on your home PC, enter LINUX."

"What is Linux? Can "I" use it on my PC? Well not quite! I now eagerly have my Redhat/Caldera versions of Linux and I'm ready to install. I have set-up the Linux partitions and the set-up is going great until the video set-up! No mater what I tried, I could not set-up my Creative TNT2 Ultra card. Hmmm, my first and major hurdle. The autodetection of the video setup has greatly improved but no mater what I try, I can not setup video with LINUX...."

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