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13. Pre-Switching Information > 13.2. Windows-Like Linux

Windows-Like Linux

Most Windows-like distributions use a customized form of the KDE desktop environment, which means that nearly everything in this book is directly applicable to using one of these distributions. Windows-like distributions make great desktops, and can be particularly good for limited-use machines, like a second computer for your kids or spouse. They are fast, secure, and stable, they install easily on modern computers, and they provide a great set of applications for typical desktop activities such as surfing the Internet, sending email, writing letters and reports, and chatting with friends.

As mentioned earlier, I call these distributions Windows-like not because they are easier to use than other distributions, but because they attempt to hide the complexities, flexibility, and power of the Linux operating system behind a user interface that is as much like Windows as possible. You don’t have to learn any complex Linux commands or features in order to get enjoyment out of your system. Though this means that the software is very easy for Windows users to learn, it also means that some of what makes Linux unique and powerful gets lost in translation. It’s a bit like owning a Porsche 911 with an automatic transmission. It’s still a Porsche with a powerful engine, great handling, and head-turning looks, but a driver who really wa....


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