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Comment Re:Stop underselling Linux (Score 1) 270

Yeah, I agree. With your average "lay" PC user's impending transition to what I assume could be called "next-gen" operating systems, having to learn an all new operating system like Vista or Mac OS X shouldn't be that much different from using Ubuntu. At my university, I hear kids spouting the virtues of Mac OS X and how it "doesn't get viruses" and I believe that same line of thought could point them in the direction of Linux. Especially when you can explain to them how all of this free kick-ass software gets included; OpenOffice (IMO way better than Office 2007), GAIM, Firefox; and with the quickly maturing desktop environment, I think that a company like Dell having Linux pre-installed would definitely make widespread adoption more feasible. The only reason I don't run Linux on my desktop is for gaming, and if I could get my old HP notebook working worth a damn, I'd use it for taking notes in class and use Linux. (HDD appears to be shot so OS installation is a bitch, and battery life maxes out at like half an hour, but running Ubuntu from the CD makes it a fully operational computer, even sound, and FreeSpire, while lacking support for my proprietary onboard soundcard, recognizes my Linksys wireless card right out of the box.)

Backed up the system lately?