[News] Windows XP: Just Stops Working; GNU/Linux to the Rescue
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PCLinuxOS Saves the Day … Again
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| Thursday, my daughter’s Dell Inspiron laptop was working fine. She finished
| as usual, just closing the lid, which puts the laptop in suspend/hibernate
| After the updates, I installed a few things automatically, like fonts, Win32
| codecs, dvdcss, etc. Then I asked her what her immediate needs were. A
| PDF-generating publishing tool for the newsletter. Scribus fit that bill. A
| music player: Amarok. “Can this play DVDs?” Kaffeine. MSN/AIM/IRC. I gave her
| both Kopete and Pidgin. I also installed OpenOffice, since I knew she had had
| MSOffice on the old system. Firefox3 for a familiar browser. Then I handed it
| to her.
| She opened Scribus first. “Hey, I can use this!” She closed that, and stuck
| in a DVD movie. A moment later, a dialog popped up asking her what she wanted
| to do with it. She clicked “Play with Kaffeine”, and sure enough, there was
| her movie. This really started her laughing.
Not many Windows PCs survive[*]. Almost half are zombies and they require a
laborious reinstallation routine.
___[*] Bots rule in cyberspace
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| USA TODAY REPORTS that on an average day, 40 per cent of the 800 million
| computers connected to the Internet are bots used to send out spam, viruses
| and to mine for sensitive personal data.
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