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I decided to post a little introduction to myself here: Ask me who I was last March, and I would have had WinBloze 7 Beta on my main computer and would have been part of Micro$uck's test project for WinBloze 7 and would have been excited about it. However, that changed as soon as my network adapter changed and the new one worked with Linux. As soon as I tested the new adapter with Mint (I'd say about a year ago, in July 2009) I began to really value Linux for what it is.

However, I knew about Linux long before that. I started with gOS 2, which was my first distro. I had tried it back in about February 2008. I first learned about Linux back in mid-2007, from an article in PCMag that spanned several pages. I had quite a hard time back then, and Ubuntu Hardy was no different than gOS.

So then what took me so long from knowing about Linux to finally becoming an active user? My house was nothing but Wi-Fi. My mother set a secure wireless network up back then, and I couldn't connect to it because my adapter (Linksys WUSB54GSC) wasn't recognized by Linux. I had the patience to continue.

Then, in June 2008, my family got hit by the economic collapse here in the USA: The mortgage on my old house doubled and my family had to leave because of the rate increase. So, we were stuck in a hotel room until my family and I could end up in a new house. That Christmas, I wanted a netbook, and got my wish (the one I'm typing on, an Acer Aspire One AOA110-1545). It came with Linux preinstalled, and I liked it all around.

From then to June 2009, I still had WinBloze on my desktop, as Linux still didn't work with my wireless network adapter. Then, in June 2009 as I said, I got a new wireless network adapter, and in July decided to test it with Linux Mint 7. It worked, even from the Live CD! Now,

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Something that will certainly attract newbies to Linux

Posted 07-25-2010 at 08:10 PM by Kenny_Strawn

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    I came from the same path too. I could not work on anything but Windows XP. I had tried Fedora back in 2000--I think it was called Red Hat Linux back then, but I wasn't too happy with the it. I tried using in late 2008, and I haven't switched back to M$.
    Posted 07-25-2010 at 09:20 PM by wagaboy wagaboy is offline
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    You do realize that what I posted was a screenshot of WinBloze that links to an .ISO download of Linux, right?

    My Linux zeal started officially last year, but before that it was kind of "developing".
    Posted 07-25-2010 at 09:44 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    How is this screenshot and the download URL is supposed to attract Linux newbies ? What is specifically attractive in it ?
    Posted 08-02-2010 at 01:34 AM by Sergei Steshenko Sergei Steshenko is offline
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    More like trick or deceive, Sergei. People who see the image will think it's Windows and download, only to find that they have Linux once they boot the CD... Basic trickery here.
    Posted 08-02-2010 at 12:26 PM by Kenny_Strawn Kenny_Strawn is offline
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    Originally Posted by Kenny_Strawn View Comment
    More like trick or deceive, Sergei. People who see the image will think it's Windows and download, only to find that they have Linux once they boot the CD... Basic trickery here.
    Your explanation does not answer my questions regarding attractiveness. Though your explanation sounds quite plausible.
    Posted 08-02-2010 at 01:56 PM by Sergei Steshenko Sergei Steshenko is offline
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    It would only fool those people daft enough to click on a link without checking where it points to.
    Posted 08-02-2010 at 02:15 PM by brianL brianL is offline
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    Why would anyone think that if they click on it and it starts downloading something that it's downloading Windows???
    Posted 08-03-2010 at 03:08 PM by MTK358 MTK358 is offline


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