"I recently read with great interest Walt Mossberg's review of
the latest Ubuntu Linux, described as 'relatively slick,' but still
not ready for non-technical users. I have a couple of differing
perspectives. The first is that Ubuntu is ultra slick. It's free.
It's open source. It's growing. It's Linux and it works (usually).
My second point is that yes, Ubuntu and increasingly Linux
distributions in general are getting easier to use, but they are
still difficult enough to change your perspective on computer use.
A continued beauty of Linux and open source software, perhaps
overlooked in the quest for ultimate ease of use, is that it can
tap into one's inner geek. For those persistent and interested
enough, it can connect you to the technology you use in fascinating
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