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Chapter 1. Introduction

Chapter 1. Introduction

Welcome to the Linux universe, one and all! Welcome also to this, the second edition of MOVING TO LINUX: KISS THE BLUE SCREEN OF DEATH GOODBYE!

Trying to pin down when something finally hits the mainstream is a crazy kind of game, fraught with danger. Linux has definitely hit the proverbial mainstream, and I'll explain shortly how I came to that conclusion. These days, the first question I get from people is no longer “What is Linux?” but, rather, “What do I have to do to get Linux on my system?” You can finally buy PCs with Linux preinstalled from Wal-Mart. The big names—HP, IBM, and Dell—all offer systems with Linux, and yet there is a better marker out there. Recently, my game-crazy 13-year-old nephew Paul asked me to switch his Windows XP system over to Linux. I, of course, happily did just that. While the infamous Blue Screen of the title is less of a problem in later Windows incarnations, viruses and spyware abound, thereby making Linux an intelligent choice, even for a 13-year-old gamer.


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