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BBspot: Operating System Debate Causes Domestic Standoff

Feb 06, 2003, 03:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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"As the country watches the United States government engage in diplomatic and military posturing with Iraq and North Korea, a different sort of standoff has begun in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Kyle Harrington. The dispute revolves around Lisa Harrington's refusal to use the recently installed Linux operating system on the family computer. Despite informing her of the benefits of the open source movement and the improved graphical interface, Mrs. Harrington has shown no interest in using a new operating system and has flatly refused to learn.

"Mrs. Harrington was quoted as saying, 'I don't want to explore anything new. When I want to check [my e-mail] I just want it to be there.' She expressed similar sentiments last year when Mr. Harrington offered to show her how to program the VCR.

"Mr. Harrington is similarly resolute. 'Hey, if she doesn't want learn to use Linux, she doesn't need to use the computer that bad...'"

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