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Usability of Free Software Desktops: a (still valid?) rant from 2002

In 2001/2002 I wrote a two parts tutorial for end users on how to configure Gnu/Linux desktops on limited hardware, that in part summarized what we were then doing in the RULE project. Before the actual tutorials, I had also written down my own, very personal motivations for playing with that kind of tricks, to clarify what itches I would try to scratch. I rediscovered that 2002 file this morning. Reading it again, in these days of Unity, tablets and touchscreens, made me think it may be fun to share it. Remember when it was written, judge by yourself and let me know.