> Third posting attempt.. I hope this one makes it thru. :-)
> I typed out the PC Mag article for anyone who doesn't happen to have a
> copy of the magazine and would like to read it.. It seems like a pretty
> fair article..
Thanks for posting the article. It's unfortunate that the author of
that article did not assume that the Linux newbie would be installing
e.g. the Red Hat distribution which comes with a nice installation
program. In my experience, installing Red Hat is a bit easier than the
author of the article would have the reader believe; some of the steps
in the installation which the author says must be done manually are done
almost automatically by the Red Hat installation program.
It's also unfortunate that the author goes to such great lengths to warn
the potential new Linux user of all the things that might potentially go
wrong during an install. That approach will surely scare away some
people. Then again, the people who will most likely be scared away are
probably the ones least able to handle a real operating system anyway.
Speaking of OS installation issues, I personally have found far fewer
problems occurring since formatting my OS/2 partition and using it as
/home in Linux. :-)
Chris Hudgin, Meteorology Graduate Student
University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK, USA