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Linux Made Easy

by Kevin Bedell
Aug. 12, 2003

This new MSBlaster worm attacking Windows XP and 2003 operating systems is so bad that even the Department of Homeland Security has issued advisories against it.

Instead of applying a patch for this problem -- only to have to apply another patch as soon as the next vulnerability is exploited -- why not just move to Linux?

Recent innovations in the Linux community have made this easier than ever. Ease of use is better, installation is easier, hardware support is better, and there are more and better applications available. If you've ever considered making the switch, now is the time.

Here are a few really easy Linux versions you can install yourself without too much worry. In many cases, these installations are now actually easier than installing Microsoft Windows.

And you won't have to worry about going out and buying new software for Linux either. All these versions come with a full-featured office suite that can read and write MS Office files (OpenOffice), a full-featured money management application (GNUCash), media and entertainment applications and most of the software that an average user needs.

Stop worrying about patching -- get Linux instead.

Kevin Bedell is a software professional with over 15 years of experience doing development, architecture and team lead work, is Editor in Chief of LinuxWorld Magazine, and is working on a book for O'Reilly on Apache Axis.

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