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A Mac User Tries Linux

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I recently talked my father into dumping his five year old Dell (it was running Me no less) and getting an iMac. Since he no longer needs it, it now sits beside my PowerMac on my desk at home. But I already have two Macs that handle my workload nicely and since I sure as hell won’t be running Windows (I have no desire to deal with the associated security nightmare that entails) that leaves me with one option, Linux.

The following is the first piece in a series of articles that detail my attempts at using Linux. As a long time Mac user I will be comparing the “Linux Experience” to the “Mac Experience” not to see which one is better (I have already made up my mind on that issue) but rather to find out what is involved in setting up Linux and using it effectively. So, for all of you Mac users out there who have thought about getting into Linux, this piece is for you.

Part 1: Choosing a Distro, Downloading, Burning

Part 2: Installation and Configuration

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