Just think of how much worse it could have gotten under mccain/palin
Minerva runs on GNU/Linux, but exists in its own mini eco-system, with its own list of users, set of scripts, and functionality. It relies on command line tools to perform all of its many tasks, and can therefore be run from virtually any platform (smartphone, PDA, laptop or remote PC) with identical functionality.
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