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The Best Free Desktop Linux . . . and how to make it better

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Continuing his quest for the perfect Linux desktop, Michael C. Barnes gives readers an in-depth analysis of the technologies that make open source a great alternative to proprietary operating systems. Examining the various components that constitute a complete system, Barnes provides practical advice and instruction on how to improve your desktop experience and productivity with freely available software. He reviews desktop environments, communications using voice-over-IP, common applications, and more.

Barnes selected SimplyMEPIS for his tutorial, noting that this Debian-based distribution offers the "right tools in the right places and makes no assumptions about the users' knowledge of Linux." In this exclusive feature he not only assembles the "best" free Linux desktop -- but gives you the tools to make it better.

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