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Dec 26, 2000, 18:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Katharine McCoy)

"I'm not the artistic type, never have been. My brother inherited the graphics skills and I inherited the scientific mind. I always considered it to be an even split. I now sit in front of my computer trying to create a design on my computer that reflects all of the images that I have floating around in my mind. It's hard. I have been spoiled my entire life because I haven't had to express any of the artistic ideas that come into my mind. Instead, I let other people do my work."

"My attitude towards graphics and the arts reflected my former attitude about operating systems. I'll let someone else do the work while I get an easy out. Everything's completed for me, I just have to click a button. Growing up, Windows was great. All was laid out for me. As I got older, Windows became more and more frustrating because I could envision all of these things that I wanted to do with my operating system, but couldn't. If I found a bug in the system, I had to wait for a service pack to be released before it could be patched. That would sometimes take months, too."

"Then I discovered Linux. It allowed me to do the things that I couldn't in Windows. If I found a bug, I could fix it myself. If I didn't like the way things were, I could change it. In exchange for this freedom, though, I had to do it all myself. I had to learn commands to get around the kernel. I had to learn the differences between the kernel and the window manager. Before, all of this had been packaged together as a single operating system. Those days were gone."

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