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I said goodby to Windows XP

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Well I picked up a perfectly good Gateway laptop last summer that included a Broadcomm modem which is supposedly supported by the Linux kernel, but thats another story.

I spent about two hours running Windows XP and removing all the adware that came with the machine. God what a mess. The Automatix guys would do the world a great favor if they could write a script to remove this kind of stuff. I would, but lack the programming skills.

I tried to install PCLinuxOS but couldn't get past HAL so I ended up installing Kubuntu. Then Automatix. With the help of the drivers on the windows partition and Knetworkmanager I had WPA up and running in minutes.

That was about 8 months ago.

After logging into Windows XP yesterday, and trying to run Windows update, Microsoft wanted to install the Genuine Advantage nonsense. Mind you this is a legal OEM copy of Windows XP. That was the last straw.

Since I haven't even booted into Windows since last summer I grabbed Gtparted and, blasted into digital oblivion, both Windows partitions and reformated it to ext3.

I installed Debian 4.0 just for fun. It will be replaced with PCLinuxOS when it goes final.

Free at last, free at last, free at last.

Rich D.
Linux use 297743
Linuxified Oct 2000
I was a gopher before www.* was cool

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Congratulations!

I've been XP free (totally) since Ubuntu 7.04 beta. I not only dumped my XP partition, I wipe the drive and started over. It's a good feeling, isn't it?

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