"This decision was a long time coming but I think it is the
right thing to do right now: I have reformatted the hard drive on
my laptop and replaced Vista with the latest version of Ubuntu
Linux as the main operating system. I did this for a number of
reasons: it's probably worth going through them one by one.
"'Desktop Linux is ready for the mainstream' we are told--but is
it? And how to know without trying it for real? I had Linux running
in a virtual machine on Vista, and it looked fine, but I tended
only to play with it and not really put it through its paces. To
give it a proper once-over there really is no substitute for
putting it in as the 'main' operating system. I should say up-front
that this shouldn't be construed as a comment on Vista, which I am
actually getting to like. The same caveat should be applied for
other applications, proprietary or open source (for the record,
however: I'm not in any hurry to move over to OpenOffice just
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