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Linux on a stick

Jun 18, 2009, 17:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Richard Hillesley)

"In the real world these GNU/Linux distributions, stripped of the relative excess that we have come to expect of the modern desktop, have an even more useful function - as a learning tool for discovering how your computer works and how the tools at our disposal can make the computer do what you want it to do.

"There are smaller distros, the mobile and embedded distros that power the smart phone in your pocket or the engine of your car, but we are talking here about the tiny Linux distributions you can fire up on any laptop or PC to write your documents or fix a file system, browse the web or check your mail.

"Most of us tend towards the latest and greatest, and the fattest and baddest. We are sucked into the upgrade cycle and the relative bloat that goes with it, "Two gigabytes of RAM, and is that really enough?" The nomadic tiny Linux distributions offer a different kind of experience."

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