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Testing Linux Distributions, the Wall Street Journal way

The Wall Street Journal tested some Linux Operating Systems a few weeks ago. With Windows 98 and ME support being removed by Microsoft, it makes sense to move from those obsolete operating systems to something better without having to pay hard cash for an operating system that is going to tax your computer.

The good thing about the article is that it was written by a newbie rather than those written by experts, which means that there's almost no jargon.

After a brief introduction, the writer, Mark Golden, went through a journey that most Linux debutantes will recognise. Get a book (paper or digital), download and install as much Linux distributions as possible and see which one fits you the best.

Mr Golden then described how he was able to do everything that he used to do on Windows Operating System just as smoothly as on Microsoft paid-for application. Still, there were some problems which forced the writer to bite the bullet and buy an upgrade to Windows XP for $100.

He also added that the claim that some put forward that everyone can switch easily from Windows to Linux is vastly overblown.

At the end, he did recognise the advantages of the Linux operating system but was quick in pointing to the deficiencies of the latter.

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at ITProPortal.com where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.