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Linux Journal: One Too Many Viruses: Converting a Non-Geek to Linux, Part 1

Oct 10, 2003, 02:30 (5 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glenn Stone)

"I got a call from a friend the other day asking, 'What would it take to get me a Linux box?' I could hear the frustration in her voice. This wasn't the first time she experienced computer problems. Word-based viruses run rampant on college campuses, and being on a student's budget, she can't afford the top-of-the-line AV software. On this day, it seemed that another virus had snuck past the freeware she had loaded.

"We had been discussing Linux for some time. I had given her an account on my wife's machine so she could play with it, and we had talked about what it was she needed from a computer. Being a law student, she had specific layout requirements for her work but no requirements for a specific word processor. She did need Acrobat Reader, a browser that would handle various sites she needed to access for her classwork and support for her printer, a Hewlett-Packard DeskJet 697. She also wanted to be able to move files to and from her Windows machine, in case something came up that Linux couldn't handle, and to use the two at the same time in her cramped office..."

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