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New York Times: Putting a New Soul in Your PC

Mar 01, 2001, 13:56 (13 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by J. D. Biersdorfer)

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"I have used the Macintosh operating system for more than a decade, and Windows off and on since it became less annoying a few years ago, but the notion of trying Linux intrigued me. Could someone like me, without a computer science degree or past love affairs with a Radio Shack TRS-80, do anything with Linux ? like installing it on an old PC and getting it to do things I usually do on my I.B.M. ThinkPad or Mac G4 desktop-tower machine?"

"Linux, the free, sturdy operating system created 10 years ago by Linus Torvalds of Finland, has been getting more and more attention in the last couple of years because it has a populist cachet and runs well on inexpensive hardware; Version 2.4 of the Linux kernel (the brains of the system) was released in January. It has made inroads in the server market, but it is also starting to show up installed on personal computers from major computer makers like I.B.M. and Dell as an alternative to Windows."

"Mr. Torvalds has made the Linux code freely available to anyone who wants to tinker with it. Programmers around the world have improved Linux and written software to run on it, a sort of Amish barn-raising approach."

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