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Getting Into Linux the Easy Way (Linux for Beginners)

Apr 29, 2009, 23:02 (1 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Carla Schroder)

"In theory, the easiest and most foolproof way to get a Linux computer is to purchase one with Linux already installed. Presumably a commercial vendor provides you with a polished package where everything works, and support if anything goes wrong. Ha! You don't get that with Windows, why should Linux be any different? But you do with Apple, so let's use that as our model.

"Maybe you're looking at netbooks and thinking, yeah baby! Cute and cheap! Get a Linux netbook! Despite all the buzz about Linux netbooks it's not that easy to find one that's worth the bother. Or to find one at all. But there are some good choices when you know where to look. Dell currently offers its excellent Mini 9n with Ubuntu, and Hewlett-Packard's Mini series comes with HP's own customized MIE Linux. I'm not a fan of these vendor-customized Linuxes because nearly all of them are poorly-done, crippled in various ways, and larded with proprietary crud that gets in the way. My vote goes to Dell for making its Linux computers easy to find, and for using real Ubuntu instead of some strange customized thing. HP's homegrown MIE Linux has been getting favorable reviews, so if you can get your hands on it before purchase give it a try."

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