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10 Things for Non-Coders to do With Free Software Over Christmas

Dec 18, 2008, 13:33 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Ryan Cartwright)

"I'm aware that not everybody wants to do such things during their breaks and I’m not insisting you do. However I suspect there remains a reasonable proportion of FSM readership who might like to try some of these. Above all else, these are meant as a bit of fun; a side-show; a useful break from the norm. Don’t take them too seriously. If you try one and it doesn’t work out, chalk it up to experience and move on but... at least you had a go.

"1. Try a new distribution

"Wound up by Windows? Distracted by Debian? Stuck with SuSE? Fed up with Fedora? Unimpressed with Ubuntu? No? Well even if you are settled and happy with your GNU/Linux distribution, trying a new one can be a useful experience (I'm pretty certain it can be if you are currently using Windows). Download a live CD and give it a go, see if it works on your kit, see if there’s anything you prefer about the way it's set-up or laid out. You may well find it justifies your decision to use the distribution you are currently on, which in itself is a good exercise."

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