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Re: [Fsfe-uk] Advantages of Linux over Windows for the home user?

From: Andrew Savory
Subject: Re: [Fsfe-uk] Advantages of Linux over Windows for the home user?
Date: Wed, 15 May 2002 15:22:56 +0100 (BST)

Hi Tristan,

On Wed, 15 May 2002, Tristan Roddis wrote:

> I also wanted to point out that Linux provides some features
> unavailable to Windows users. What are these? I could think of:
> * ability to have several people using the machine at the same time
> * ability to display programs on remote computers
> * ability to control all aspects of the machine remotely
> * included webserver, databases, programming languages
> * um
> * er
> * that's it.
> Can anyone think of other things I should mention (specific features for
> the home user, rather than just generalities such as stability,
> flexibility, etc.)

Hrm. I think it's important not to underestimate how crucial the
generalities are to home users, especially as most home users will never
need the features you listed above. Security has to be the biggest one,
followed by choice - the ability to change, add or remove your browser,
your desktop/window manager, your mail client, your newsreader, your word
processor or office suite, etc, all without doing any harm to the
underlying operating system.


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