System analysis - Rick Maybury on setting yourself up with the right operating

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| Away from a corporate straitjacket, Linux has evolved into a huge and diverse
| family of operating systems, used in everything from parking meters and
| mobile phones to powering tens of thousands of computers in the Google search
| engine's server "farms".

Ubuntu — The "Other" Windows

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| "Word's creeping out about Linux," the Geek Squad spokesman said. "Don't put
| it away, because it's going to be there for a long time, and it will
| eventually become mainstream enough that you will see it in mainstream
| markets."

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Ubuntu 7.10: Linux Flirts With Mainstream

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| The operating system is called Linux, and you probably use it every day
| without even knowing it. It powers ATMs, cell phones, video game consoles and
| TiVos, and it also powers a huge number of Web sites and Internet servers.

Tech File: Another option to Apple/Microsoft duopoly: Linux PCs

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| Linux is extremely popular in the server world. Many Web sites, including
| Google, are powered by Linux. And it's embedded in plenty of consumer devices
| ranging from the Motorola Razr to the TiVo personal video recorder. As a
| desktop operating system, it's becoming popular in many parts of the world.
| But in the United States, it's used mostly by techies who don't mind having
| to download and install it themselves. * *
| That may soon change.
| Dell, earlier this year, introduced both desktop and notebook machines that
| run Linux (details at, and Hewlett-Packard offers it on
| some business machines. Lenovo, which took over the IBM PC brand, already
| offers it in China and will soon introduce Linux notebooks in the United
| States. * *
| Last week, Linux got a potential shot in the arm when Everex announced that
| it will offer a $200 Linux PC through Wal-Mart. The new Everex gPC will
| feature the gOS operating system based on the Ubuntu distribution of Linux.
| There are many alternate Linux "distributions," which are basically versions
| of the operating system that share the core code but vary when it comes to
| user interface and bundled software. * *