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DesktopOS: Two Years Before the Prompt: A Linux Odyssey

Sep 11, 2004, 09:00 (3 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Derek Croxton)

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"A novice's greatest fear is sitting in front of a motionless command prompt with no idea what to type; or, as so frequently happens, knowing a command that he copied verbatim from a document discovered on the internet somewhere, but with no idea of what it means or how to alter it if it doesn't behave exactly as advertised. Linux has never quite escaped its reputation as an OS for geeks who like those command prompts. I made the plunge into Linux at the start of 1993 under the assumption that things had improved enough that I could get around Linux without the command prompt at all, or at least with minimal exposure to it..."

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