December 2, 2003

Is Linux really ready to be plugged in to the desktop?

I've heard Linux is for geeks; that whatever I might save on a ridiculously cheap Linux PC, I'll pay in tech support costs spawned by "nonstandard"
aspects of this operating system. I've also heard that a Linux desktop is the answer to the growing blob of cosmetically enhanced Windows software
that has me replacing perfectly good PCs with ever-faster systems, just so I can continue to write e-mail and Word documents.

Suspecting that the truth lies somewhere in between, I bought a Linux desktop-a BusinessStation from software company Inc., to be precise.
I wanted the full Linux experience, from the Web site shopping cart to compatibility with Windows tools to tech support.



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