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Outfit Your Netbook With Open Source: 21 Tools

Mar 11, 2009, 16:33 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Cynthia Harvey)

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"2) Operating System: Ubuntu
Unless you're buying your laptop second-hand, it's going to come with the OS pre-installed. If you haven't yet made your purchase, you may want to consider one of the many models that uses Ubuntu Linux. It uses dramatically fewer resources than Windows (the other most common operating system option on low-cost laptops) and it's generally considered more secure. In addition, Ubuntu includes many of the most popular open-source applications, such as OpenOffice.org, Firefox, and others.

"2) Browser: Firefox
Even if you purchase a Windows-based laptop with Internet Explorer pre-installed, you should consider switching to Firefox. It's more secure (which helps if you're using a laptop that lacks security features), and it's fast and easy to use.7) Password Protection: KeePass Password Safe

"It really is dangerous to use the same password for all of your accounts, and it's even more dangerous to store all of your passwords unencrypted on your laptop. KeePass lets you store all of your passwords in an encrypted database that you can unlock with a single master password."

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