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Mandrake.Tips: Successfully Making the Transition to GNU/Linux

Apr 29, 2003, 02:00 (2 Talkback[s])

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"Some people believe that linux is not for the desktop. However, the stream of reports of people successfully deploying linux on their (home or office) desktop is more and more outweighing the number of reports of people who tried but moved back to their former platform. In other words, linux can clearly be used on the desktop, and in many cases the transition can be done fairly easily. Unfortunately not in all cases.

"If, after a lot of trouble with a setup that in the end only works partially--and that in an unexpected or undesired way--people turn away from GNU/linux, this is fully understandable.

"After all, what is more frustrating then putting in a lot of effort only to find it was a waste of time.

"I believe, to avoid a non-successful move to linux, the following aspects are of often underestimated importance:

  • "motivation to move to linux
  • "expectations of the transition itself and of the results
  • "preparations..."

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