"As operating-system installs go, this one went by pretty
quickly. About 36 minutes after I threw the CD-ROM in the laptop, I
had rebooted and was gazing at its new interface, with just a few
simple desktop icons and a background picture of a sky full of
puffy clouds floating above a lush green hill.
"It could have been a Windows XP install, except XP would have
taken a lot longer to load--if it had even consented to run on this
"On the other hand, a Microsoft operating system probably would
have left me with a working modem and sound card..."
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