"So you want to be a Linux geek, huh? You've heard about Linux
for quite a while now and wondered about all the excitement. You've
listened to that nerdy guy at work rave about it. You've looked at
the screen shots and thought, "It doesn't look too bad. It looks
kind of cool, actually." Still, why go through all the trouble?
Perhaps it's the price; perhaps it's all the software that comes
with it. Maybe it's just the challenge, the intellectual
"Despite all the advantages and obstacles, there's one reason
that draws many of us to Linux, a reason that we don't like to
admit: a desire to be different. While most people want to be the
same (Microsoft certainly counts on that attitude), some of us like
being different. I like to think that I'm different by default
because I don't necessarily gravitate towards popular choices. At
times, being different can be both very satisfying and very
"While Linux's uniqueness may get you started, you'll eventually
prefer it for legitimate reasons like stability, versatility and
customizability. Besides, you'll learn a lot about computers in the
process. Still, it's quite a struggle until you understand what
you're doing--which may not happen for a couple years,
incidentally. If you insist on getting started with Linux, though,
I'd like to give you a few warnings and some advice."
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