TIME Digital: Love's Linux LostMay 19, 1999, 18:11 (12 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Josh Quittner)
"Sick of Windows and Mac OS? How hard could it be to install the famous free alternative?"
"For years I've wanted to put the operating system known as Linux on my PC. Why? Because I love the idea of it. Linux, which was first released in 1991, is an alternative to Windows and Apple's Mac operating system -- though it will run on virtually any PC and most Macs. Supposedly 15 million people use it worldwide. (Since it's available free, no one knows how many copies have actually been passed around.) It's also the poster child of the so-called open-source movement..."
"But I'm chicken. I never downloaded Linux because I figured it would be too hard. While plenty of "distributions" -- the files and tools you need to work in Linux -- are available on the Net, it takes hours to download and unpack them. And if my computer survived the daunting Linux installation process, could I actually use the thing?..."