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Linux.com: Licked by Windows 2000, Sticking with Linux

Sep 05, 2000, 11:07 (17 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Robin Miller)

"I freely admit that I am the most clueless Linux user in the world. My two favorite commands are "point" and "click," and I often screw up when I try some of the more advanced ones, like "cut" and "paste." Obviously, Windows is the operating system someone like me is supposed to use, except for one thing: It is too hard to install and configure, so I'm forced to stick with Linux."

"Microsoft touts Windows as the operating system for know-nothings. Being a know-little, which means I'm just smart enough not to drool on my keyboard, I should have been overjoyed to find that my new laptop came with Windows 2000 preinstalled. In theory, all I had to do was enter things like my name and address and type in a long, obscure registration number, then go to work."

"But there's a ringer in my life: because both my wife and I work on the Internet all day long (and often half the night), my home/office computers must be connected not only together but also to a printer a scanner, a backup storage device, and to a cable modem. And, since Comcast@home cuts out on us five or six times in the average week, we must have a backup dialup connection available at all times. Add in the factor that we often have guests who have their own laptops, and need to plug them into our network while they're here, and suddenly my home computer system becomes as complicated as those you find in most small businesses."

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