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My wife is using Linux daily. I configured her account with a nice wallpaper, put the icons of the programs she needs next to the k-menu, removed the additional desktops, added K-weather, a second clock showing the time it is where she's coming from etc... etc... She is using the computer for 4 major tasks:
1- surfing the internet
2- resizing photos
4- watching DVDs
For 1, I gave her Mozilla
For 2, I gave her Gimp and showed her how to resize and save
For 3, I gave her Gaim and configured her account
For 4, I gave her MPlayer
Does she have any problem? Not at all. Does she have to worry about root passwords, upgrades and so on? no, I'm doing it. And that's no big deal.
Now let's look at Windows. If somebody configured it for you, then sooner or later your system will start to get slower, you always have to watch out for viruses and co, even as a user!
Sometimes for fun I'm reading these "Make Windows safer, faster...." articles. It's terrible. Every single user has to care about so many things until they get fed up and stop updating their virus signatures and eventually get infected. And start over with a fresh install. And loose their data, which they obviously didn't back up.
Don't get me wrong, your article points out some very serious problems. But why Linux has problems, Windows has its own ones.
I've come across a very interesting book that sheds some light on what's happening right now in the USA. I hope that the mere American Flag at top of this article won't have the same effect like it had in my previous entry about the USA: it just attracted like a magnet two or three American patriots, bringing in fact one only argument: "we are the best, the greatest and you won't stop us doing what we want to do".
One year ago, by mid-December, I registered my dot-name address. I wanted to be the first to put hands on my name. By that time, I was clever enough not to give answer to those numerous spams of registrars wanting you to register your dot-name with them. I went directly to the ICANN to see which registrars are allowed to do that. Having heard of pseudo-registrars just wanting your money for pre-registering, I thought that would be a wise step. I still think it was. The
Since the school I am teaching at is still using Windows (we're going to switch to Linux really soon now), I decided to use HTML-Kit as a preferred HTML editor (for my web classes).