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Hi, there good GNU/Linux users. I am a relative new Linux user of
about six months. I guess you could say I'm a "convert" to the Linux way of doing things. I really just got tired of struggling
with all the Windows security problems. Spyware, adware, viruses,
trojans etc. I ran a pretty tight ship on my windows box. I used
all the right tools to combat these nasties but I just got tired
of doing all the scans and updating just so I could actually use
my computer without worrying about weather I was secure or not.
Since I have learned the "better way" of GNU/Linux I haven't looked back.It's such a relief to just be able to boot up the machine and go straight to work or play, whatever I'm in the mood for, and just do it.(Please Nike don't sue me for using your ad
slogan!) Here's a small run down on my desktop system. I'm running an e-machine box with a 2.8gh Celeron. It originally came with 254
MB of ram but I added another 254MB memory card. I also installed
a second hard drive and a HP DVD Writer. Thanks to the second hard
drive,installing Linux was really easy.I kept Windows XP on one of the hard drives for my wife to use, but I've all but abandoned the
Windows "side". I'm not one of those "Windows Bashers" I see from time to time in the Linux comunity. I just like to use what works.
And in my opinion, Linux just works better and WAY safer than Windows. Sure, alot of Linux Distros have "issues" but as a whole
I like the GNU/Linux way of doing things.There is a learning curve
to trying something new,but the rewards are worth it. You may be wondering " So, what linux distro does kenutcha use? Well, believe it or not, in the six months that I've been using Linux I've tried
LOTS of distros.At least twenty or so anyway. I cut my teeth on Ubuntu/Kubuntu. I gave Kde and Gnome a good test drive each.
I also tried Suse, Linspire, Mandriva, Fedora 3 & 4, Kanotix,Debian,Puppy,Dam Small,Mepis, and some others I either can't remember or for the economy of space, won't list here.
I've pretty much settled on what I consider to be the most polished,user friendly distro for the new linux convert. That
would be PCLinuxOS. This is the first Linux distro that pretty much did everything I needed it to do "right out of the box".
For the new user this is very important. Although PCLinuxOS is
"point and click" easy for the brainwashed Windows newbie, It also
comes with all the bells and whistles that hard core experienced
Linux user have come to expect. Command-line junkies can get all the kicks they want. It's the best of both worlds. So, that pretty
much sums up this introductory thread. I love the upgrade jeremy
has done to the LinuxQuestions.org web site and I don't miss an
episode of the LQ podcasts and LQ radio segments. Keep up the good work Jeremy ! --- kenutcha---