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Apr 13, 2004, 04:00 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Matthew M.J. Fogel)

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"'You ever tried Linux?' my wife's Uncle Toby asked me as I sat in his home office that cold winter day. We had been discussing the rise and fall of the BeOS and he mentioned that he had tried a few different *nixes on his home server/firewall. 'Here let me show you,' he said as he flicked the switch on the monitor next to his Windows XP box.

"Uncle Toby was running Mandrake Linux 9.0 on his server. He was using it as the firewall for his cable internet. He showed me how easy it was to navigate the KDE desktop and also showed me Kasteroids and Tux Racer. I asked him whether you could use microsoft file formats and he fired up and showed me the settings for opening MSoffice docs. That night I took home a freshly burned copy of Mandrake Linux 9.0 on 3cds..."

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