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The free Linux operating system doesn't reveal its charms easily, but charms it has. You just have to know how to make the software work for you.

The free Linux operating system doesn't reveal its charms easily, but charms it has. You just have to know how to make the software work for you.

That will become easier next weekend for those in the Los Angeles area, which plays host to the annual Southern California Linux Expo at the LAX Westin hotel.

Created in the early 1990s to be a freely distributable copy of the Unix operating system, Linux has grown tremendously.
Picking up countless additional software tools during that time, Linux powers everything from high-end servers to low-end cell phones.

But can you use Linux on the desktop?




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