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Sunday, 26 August, 2001, 17:15 GMT 18:15 UK
Your verdict on 10 years of Linux
Linus Torvalds
Linus Torvalds, the man who started it all
This is what you had to say about the Linux operating system which is now 10 years old.

We are a bunch of Linux-lovers celebrating the 10th anniversary of Linux up until September 1st in the lovely town of Bouillon, Belgium. We use Linux (at home of course but at work, this depends of corporate policies). It's a great moment for us all and we wish the "Penguin" to live long and prosper.
Marc St-Jacques, Canada

Linux is still a geek OS. Despite its technical superiority over it competitors it continues to fall short in one major area of what the average home PC user wants. That major area is games - there are too few available for Linux. Also, most people cannot and will not be able to take the time needed to install and learn Linux. Sadly, most people are inherently lazy, and for this reason Linux will continue to fail to win over the home user (which is a pity).
John Collins, UK

I use SuSE 7.1 Linux on my PC at home and love it! Wouldn't recommend it to those who are not confident with computers though, as it can get quite technical.

Having said that, the ability to 'get under the hood' is also a strength. There is a wealth of advise and information available from user groups etc.

Happy Birthday Tux!
Richard Clinker, UK

WOW just 10 years old. Can you imagine what Linux will be like in another 10 years time. It will completely leave other OS's behind, if it keeps being developed at the pace it is currently.
Ansar, UK

It's stable, it's easy, and fast. I just wish it had more games

Tarek, Palestine
Linux is great! It's stable, it's easy, and fast. I just wish it had more games.

I will never go back to Windows.
Tarek, Palestine

We are using Linux boxes to control our biotech-robots. One error and metal starts flying trough the air. The machines have now been running for years with zero problems! Linux is reliable.
Pernilla Sund, Finland

I decided to give the boot to Mr Gates around 6 months ago... and have not looked back since. I use Linux Mandrake, and am happy with the ease of installation and the flexibility that comes with a UNIX OS. When a problem arises, I welcome the challenge and enjoy looking through various websites and newsgroups to get the answers I need. At least I don't resign myself to a long wait for fixes to the hundreds of bugs that our found in a lot of M$ software!

Happy Birthday, Tux!
Rich G, Cardiff, UK

This sums up what I feel about Linux and the whingers that moan how hard it is to install/use.

If Operating Systems Ran The Airlines...

UNIX Airways

Everyone brings one piece of the plane along when they come to the airport. They all go out on the runway and put the plane together piece by piece, arguing non-stop about what kind of plane they are supposed to be building.


Everybody pushes the airplane until it glides, then they jump on and let the plane coast until it hits the ground again. Then they push again, jump on again, and so on...

Mac Airlines

All the stewards, captains, baggage handlers, and ticket agents look and act exactly the same. Every time you ask questions about details, you are gently but firmly told that you don't need to know, don't want to know, and everything will be done for you without your ever having to know, so just shut up.

Linux is a computer lover's dream

John Dillick, US
Windows Air

The terminal is pretty and colorful, with friendly stewards, easy baggage check and boarding, and a smooth take-off. After about 10 minutes in the air, the plane explodes with no warning whatsoever.

Windows NT Air

Just like Windows Air, but costs more, uses much bigger planes, and takes out all the other aircraft within a 40-mile radius when it explodes.

Linux Air

Disgruntled employees of all the other OS airlines decide to start their own airline. They build the planes, ticket counters, and pave the runways themselves. They charge a small fee to cover the cost of printing the ticket, but you can also download and print the ticket yourself.

When you board the plane, you are given a seat, four bolts, a wrench and a copy of the seat-HOWTO.html. Once settled, the fully adjustable seat is very comfortable, the plane leaves and arrives on time without a single problem, the in-flight meal is wonderful. You try to tell customers of the other airlines about the great trip, but all they can say is, "You had to do what with the seat?"
Lee, UK

Linux is a computer lover's dream. For those of you that say, "I don't want to know how it works. I just want it to work", you might think that Linux is not for you. You would be wrong. Linux distributions are becoming easier and easier to install, learn, and use.

I'm currently using Linux as a server at work, which tirelessly performs its many duties. Most wonderfully, it only goes down when I want it to. It only crashed once in two years when I had a hardware failure. You won't find that with Microsoft.

The price I paid for this massively stable server software.... $0.00. Oh, I'm sorry, I lied.. $1.00 for the CD-Recordable.

For home use, I have installed Redhat 7.1. It took 20 minutes of my time, and I have absolutely no problems with it. I'll do everything I can to promote Linux.

Happy B-Day Linux. Thank you Linus Torvalds.
John Dillick, US

I installed Corel Linux on an old Windows PC and it wrecked it. Fortunately after a lot of work and assistance I managed to do the unthinkable, and reinstall Windows on a Linux PC to get it to work again.
Nick P, US

What I learnt from Linux starting at the very beginning was that an unstable system wasn't the PC's fault ;-)
Bernd, Austria

I work with both Linux and Windows 2000, and feel that both of them can do generally whatever I require. However, currently I find that the 'free' cost of Linux is a false economy due to the many hours of work required to get a Linux network functioning.

Until Linux is as quick and easy to install and configure for a large group of machines, I think it will remain a small player except in the hobbyist/anti-Microsoft market.
Nick Southwell, Ireland

I use Linux at home and have seen Linux being used in production servers at my work. My company is now beta testing a new product that uses a Linux server as its backend, the front end is a video game package for cable TV set tops.
Jake Young, US

I've been using Linux for the last 4 years and installation has improved by leaps and bounds. The best up until now is Linux Mandrake 8.0; anybody who has installed Windows 98 can install LM 8.0.

Today there are probably more applications being written for Linux than for Windows. Linux also has better security than Windows as was obivous from the Code Red virus.
Sameer Bivalkar, US

Cool. We like Linux. But now our worrry is the versions of Linux which are coming into the marketplace every day. In fact the latest version is only 2 weeks old. Can't we control these versions?

After all the versions are not very much different. In fact the other day I was thinking of my own version of Linux that will be for Kenyans and any other interested persons!
James Nyabicha, Kenya

Well, in fact i've never had any problem installing Linux... Even my first try at it (3 years back) ended in a usable system. But maybe I was just lucky. Right now I use Linux only; and I use it as a troubleshoot system when my friend's computers fail.

I almost always get a working system in something like one hour... then I have access to the data of the other operating system, allowing me to investigate or backup. The only time Linux refused to run was because of a hardware misconfiguration: no other system than an old MS-DOS would accept to run on that system....
JB, France

Having used Linux now for over 3 years and having installed it as my only desktop OS at home and installed it as a server at work I would say that it beats Windows hands down.

The only things holding it back are articles which claim Linux is difficult to install and Linux distribution vendors piling everything but the kitchen sink into their installations.

RedHat I have found is the easiest to install and has a Desktop install option but it still installs a lot of software which the average desktop user would not need to use.

The other side which holds it back is the lack of support in PC retailers/manufacturers who aren't supplying pre-installed Linux PC's as an alternative to pre-installed Windows PCs - I mean how many people who buy a PC actually install Windows themselves.

If it came pre-installed and configured with the KDE desktop I don't think people would find it that difficult to use.
Paul Millar, UK

In the past year I have somewhat hesitantly included Linux on my computer as well as Windows. It turns out that what I miss from Windows are the games and the ability to play Quicktime movies.

Linux is more stable, reliable, and secure than Windows NT, Microsoft's supposed "armoured tank" OS that I used for four years previously. It certainly is better than Windows 98, which I also used. I wouldn't say Linux is any more difficult to use than NT, but it is different and that means relearning many common operations. Ultimately, once the learning is done I find Linux is actually easier to use thanks to its simplicity.

Once our customers get over the shock of not seeing Windows, their main comments are 'isn't it fast'!

Mark, France
The aspect I certainly value is the total control I have over *my* computer. It is *my* computer and not a portal through which companies push services at me. In the end what I want is a computer to run programs, store data, and connect me to the internet. If Microsoft could make a version of Windows that did just that and did it reliably then I'd be less interested in alternatives. Such a thing seems to be the antithesis of Microsoft's intentions, unfortunately.

I imagine a day when Microsoft will "lock down" the Windows platform by tying it inextricably to Passport, Hailstorm, and .NET. I imagine a day when only Microsoft-sanctioned software will run on Windows and all the new software will need the latest version of Windows (as happened when Microsoft switched us all from Windows 3.1 to 95). On that day I will reluctantly leave my games and Quicktime movies behind and I will switch completely to Linux.
Travis, Canada

I am typing this from our 100% Linux cybercafe on a 200 MHz Pentium diskless terminal connected to a fairly modest server. Once customers get over the shock of not seeing Windows, their main comments are "isn't it fast"!

The network never crashes, and our various browsers handle most of the 'standards'. The only slight frustration is that we don't have True Type fonts, but we are working on this.
Mark, France

I would argue that the benefits of Linux are currently limited to the server market. Unfortunately, there is no 'desktop only' release (as far as I know) for Linux. So when you install it, you are faced with the opportunity of installing thousands of features, most of which are aimed at software developers or system administrators. This results in a complexity most do not face with Windows.

Somebody out there should be working on a desktop only release of Linux - aimed at the everyday PC user and not just the 'hobbyist'.

Moreover, every effort should be made to ensure MS documents can be viewed on Linux, with more ease.

I think these concerns will be addressed by the Linux community and I for one remain optimistic for the next 10 years of Linux.
Ray Allen, UK

A wonderful tool at a great bargain with not much to compromise.Thats Linux
Omer, India

Linux requires too much 'expert' knowledge to unleash its potential

A Mouse, UK
I used Linux at home off and on between 1996 and 2000. I have to admit I enjoyed learning about computers with Linux, but to be completely realistic, it requires way too much tinkering, too many hours reading books on how to make the system function (that could be better spent actually doing the stuff I bought the computer to do - like research or work).

Linux requires too much 'expert' knowledge to unleash its potential - it is not as intuitive as the MS products. It's OK for techies to extole its open source virtues but for us mere mortals we don't want to have detailed intricate knowledge of combustion engines to drive our cars.

Until either Linux becomes more intuitive, or the user community become more techy-savvy (as if we don't have enough to do/learn), Linux will continue to be a geek toy rather than a work/research/business tool.
A Mouse, UK

I am 14 years old and use Linux for everything. I hope it never dies. I want to see it be the biggest OS by the time I'm out of college, and I wouldn't be surprised if it is.
Chris Collison, US

I have been using Linux at work and home since 1996. Was a Windows addict before but once I switched on to Linux I seldom see the Windows 'Start' button or the notorious blue screen of death.

I like the flexibility and openness provided by Linux and it drags you more and more towards programming with all the goodies and freebies that come along with it. It's a working class Unix or something more than that...
Ranjith, India

Linux still has to mature as an OS to be used in home PCs. Its GUI needs lot of improvement. It doesn't have a welcoming look. Is difficult to learn. Not user friendly...
Satz Chan, India

Linux is unbelievably stable, it never crashes. Win98 by comparison crashes as regular as clockwork, usually when in the middle of something.

It also seems far easier to install, Windows needs numerous re-boots during installation and you still have to load half the drivers yourself, Linux is one disk, one re-boot and half the time and it's up and running.

As far as I'm concerned, Linux only falls short in the number of games available, but hopefully that will change in the future.
A Walker, England

I've just got a contract to produce a fairly sophisticated bespoke software system for several tens of thousands of dollars. I got the job simply because I was able to say: "You get the source code for every byte in your computer, bar the bios". Thank you Linus.
Christopher Sawtell, New Zealand

Using it gave me a sense of power I had never felt using a computer (or any other piece of technology, for that matter) before

Peter Colijn, Canada
From the first time I used it, I knew Linux had something special. Using it gave me a sense of power I had never felt using a computer (or any other piece of technology, for that matter) before. In 10 years, Linux has come an incredibly long way. And a free (in both senses) UNIX is simply a great thing.

Everybody now has access to an amazingly robust, innovative and efficient way of computing. Having used Linux for 7 years since my own 10th birthday, I've also seen the love and effort and patience that is poured into the project my many around the world, and I can only hope the next 10 years will be as great as the first 10 have been!
Peter Colijn, Canada

Linux has improved greatly over the last couple of years. It has got easier to install and most applications you need are there for free. At the current pace of development it will be a major force in the future.

However technologies such as Windows Media Player and IE only websites will be a major threat to any Microsoft competitor.
Andy Moss, UK

Linux - Brilliant! No UAE's, no BSOD's, no expensive upgrades.It does everything that Windows does, but without Microsoft. That has to be a big plus.

If you want stability on your server, switch to Linux.
George Cook, Australia

Linux is a workhorse that can be bent to different tasks - we use it on top-end workstations and also on 486s which function as servers.

Thank you Linus for giving this system to the world - we run a charitable ISP for elderly and disabled people and only need a P133 to cater to nearly 50 people.

It has made a lot of difference to these old people and we could never have afforded to run such a service if we had to depend on commercial software. Not to mention the headaches we would have had.
Sam Varghese, Australia

I've used Linux for about 6 years. One suggestion for the Linux distributors is to make the way of placing pkg to the system compatible to all the different distributions.

Otherwise happy birthday Tuxie ! ;-)
Terweduwe Aul, Belgium

I have used several distributions of Linux for evaluation, largely to see if I can parallel all the things I do in Windows. I think it will be two years or more before I can achieve that, provided Linux development continues at the same pace as the lat year or so.

Linux is fun and generally very stable but I couldn't commit to it fully yet.
Philip Baker, UK

The inbred and greedy world of patenting may start a war one day, and the open culture which spawned Linux will be the knight that saves us all.
Hyper Reality, UK/ZA

There is more to life than Microsoft. Not only is Linux cheaper it's more stable.
Andy Somerville, UK

I've been using Linux at home and at work since 1992. What I appreciate most is the freedom it gives me. I know that my investment in learning the system will not become obsolete, I won't be forced to upgrade and my existing tools will always work. I can use it anywhere on any computer if I like.

I can do what I like with it and it is capable of all the tasks I give it, being both reliable and flexible. For me, Linux represents freedom, openness and choice, my choice.
Mark Dobie, UK

.Net strategy will affect Microsoft's long term future as computer techies and students in general are accustomed to 'free' software. They will move in ever greater numbers to Linux and once mainstream games and a reliable 'office' application are available, Window's days as number one are numbered.
Quin MacLeod, England

Linux is indeed a revolution - awesome power freely available. It has completely opened up what was becoming a more and more closed environment. The shame is that many still do not take it seriously.

I have been using Linux since 1996, and at home since 1999. I have found it reliable, efficient and rewarding, unlike my experiences with Windows which have been frustrating, prone to failure and often inefficient. I have two computers at home running Linux (or will have when I finish repairing one of them), as well as some others, but find Linux to be the most workable operating system of all the ones I have ever used.
Phil Reynolds, UK

Fantastic software, however seems to be in a 'anything Windows can do we can do better' mode. Need to look at new areas AI, streaming video, embedded systems, voice/image recognition, Massive Parallel Processing Farms the apps of tomorrow.
Geoff, UK

Linux is the software of democracy. Linux is the emancipation kernel from our captive dependence behind the bars of Microsoft Windows. The critical error of some Linux-based companies was to rely on hardware for profit. But near bankruptcy has given them wisdom to pursue the software route. Within two years, Linux will dominate in security from cash registers and credit cards to cryptography and computer virus containment and annihilation. There is no comparison between OS2 and Linux. Long live the penguin.
L. Loukopoulos, Detroit, USA

The civilised world is very close to being dependent on one company and its products. This is a very dangerous state of affairs. Linux allows individuals and companies the choice of a realistic alternative, and as such, for all its faults, it must been seen as one of the most important developments in computing in recent years.
Tom, England

Although Linux is undoubtedly a good, stable and cheap operating system the learning curve from windows is still a very steep one - these days I think a lot of people have their Windows machines setup to print,e-mail play games etc and are relatively happy with Windows - I have put Linux on a spare machine at home - getting it on the machine was a mission and I still use my Windows machine I think it has some way to go to catch up with the usability that windows offers to the average home user
Jonny, UK

I have never used anything but Linux on my machines since leaving school about eight years ago. It rocks!
Leigh Porter, UK

Linux as a server is fantastic, and easily beats Windows on most counts. As a desktop however, it may look nice and do some very cool things, but in real use, it's just too frustrating. Installing new software is the biggest problem of all, and unless the developers can standardise on that, Linux will never be mainstream.
Stuart, UK

I installed Windows onto my home PC successfully and then installed Linux and to cut a long story short Windows can't see all the disks I have (well I say that but some things see them some don't), does this sound familiar. Linux is well behaved easy to install by someone with limited PC hardware skills and is so much more reliable than any version of windows after 3.11. Having said that I don't have that annoying paper clip asking me do I know how to write a letter as if this is more than I am capable of doing.
Simon, England

Linux is simply awesome! I use Mandrake 8.0, and Redhat 7.1. Installation is much easier now. There are a lot of applications - almost to the extent that you do not need Microsoft's Windows!
George Jegadesh, USA

I used to use Linux on my previous computer and will install it on my new one as soon as possible. It is technically, aesthetically and ethically superior to Microsoft's bloated dinosaur. Linux evolves and improves at a natural progress-driven pace rather than being forced by commercial ambition into premature releases of bug-ridden end-user products. Linux fosters a community spirit and works to the benefit of all. The impression Microsoft makes on me is one of ruthless, monopolist ambitions which it pursues to the cost of those around it. Time for the lumbering dinosaur to become extinct and for the small, quick mammal to evolve and inherit the earth!
Rick Cadger, UK

As a small business I can't afford the costs of running an NT server where I have to pay for every client that connects to the server (and stay legal). Linux allows me to do that and more for a whole lot less (but I do pull my hair out sometimes!) It's a Godsend for those on a budget who want absolute power.
Amir Khan, UK

I've had problems installing Linux but I'm going to try, try and try again. I have plenty of time for Linux.
T Samra, UK

I use Linux Mandrake with KDE at home. Although I still have Windows 98 I don't intend to upgrade further and hope to eventually be Microsoft free. Linux is free, or cheap for a distribution like Mandrake. support is everywhere and excellent, and Linux will soon be a competent rival to Windows. I'm very happy with it as you can tell.
Matthew, UK

I used to work on a Linux platform - and hated it. It was so hard to do the simplest things. The desktop environment and development tools available to a Software Engineer like myself were just horrible. Now I do real-time development for Windows and by comparison it's a joy. Regardless of what you may think of Microsoft, they have really gone out of their way to create first rate integrated development tools that make the Engineers job of developing real applications that people want to use so much easier. Until similar capabilities exist in Linux it hasn't got a chance. It has found a niche in servers and embedded systems but it will never make it to the desktop. The whole concept of Open-source is abhorrent to me. As a software engineer I expect to be paid for my skills, why shouldn't I profit from my hard work, knowledge and talents. On the other hand, Microsoft's vision of .NET really scares me! That's too much power for any one company.
Michael Maguire, UK

I use it for everything; e-mail, the Web, IRC, network monitoring. It's relatively secure, immune to viruses and doesn't stop working without a good reason. It's also free, powerful and easy to maintain. Why do people spend hundreds of pounds on unreliable and insecure closed-source software?
Gideon Hallett, UK.

Admittedly, for the complete novice, Linux is still harder to set up than Windows 98, although the differences are no longer so great, and someone reasonably competent should be able to manage it. What surprises me, is that so few corporations are using Linux on the desktop. The overhead for installing and maintaining Linux is no greater than installing and maintaining Windows NT or 2000. As to .NET and other shinny new technologies:- management tends to buy into this sort of thing on the strength of glossy brochures, and IT departments love to play with the latest new toys, but the end results are often far from impressive. Of course, after management has covered it's trail, and the IT department has queried the excuses database, and marketing have created a glossy brochure, it all looks wonderful again.
Liam, UK

Yes, I like Linux. Linux is more stable if setup right. SuSE Linux is a good version that do auto-detection on setup to increase the stability. RedHat is also a good version to be the standard of mainstream projects collector/integrator.
Jason Chiu, ROC Taiwan

I'm the only one in my household that can use Linux, so I run it on my computer to keep the rest of the family off. They use another computer running Windows. This way they never mess up my machine - just theirs!
Ted Bogart, United States

I really appreciate the free and often good support you get from Linux community. Linux "Gurus" saved me from the troubles of "pay-for-service" and greedy companies. Happy birthday Linux!
Kassim Ali, Norway

As an IT manager I love Linux. It works, doesn't crash, runs on cheap hardware, is free and has lots of free application software.
J Davies, UK

I Havent tried it myself, but everybody I know who uses it says its way ahead of Microsoft's Windows operating system.
Russell Walker, England

The open source movement and Linux in particular has shown that you don't have to shell out loads of cash to get gain benefit from computers. Indeed Linux outperforms Windows in almost every aspect and what is more is that it's free!
George Talbot, UK

I used to develop solutions for huge companies worldwide from the UK using MS products. Since July last year I started a Linux project in my spare bedroom in Winchester Hampshire. Now I have approaching 700,000 users in 29 countries some of them include the US Government and Microsoft. Had I used MS software I'd never ever have got to first base.
Richard Morrell, United Kingdom

I have been using Linux as my home-PC OS since 1998. It has allowed me to do everything I used to do with Windows, from word processing to web browsing to game playing to audio-video viewing and editing. Back in '98, you really had to "know your stuff" to get Linux functional. These days, it's easier to use than Windows. I've even gotten my technophobic mother using it! I've said 'good-bye' to overly restrictive, cloaked-in-mystery, extremely expensive Microsoft licences and products forever. I'm never going back. The world is starting to catch on. The software industry is changing, and Microsoft's (founded in the 1970's) business model is becoming a dinosaur.
Kevin, United States of America

I use Linux at home, and I absolutely love it. There is a bit of a learning curve to really become comfortable, but once one overcomes this, the benefits really start to show, and you end up with a computer you almost never have to reboot. How often can an Microsoft user say that?
Dave, USA

I'm not really a great fan of Linux, although I admit it does have some advantages over Windows. The main problem however is the lack of quality software that is available for it. StarOffice is nowhere near as good as MS Office, and the programming environments are not as good as for Windows. In a few years when this gap in the market is filled then Linux could be an equal to Windows.
Fay, UK

Linux stands for choice and freedom from a single company on your desktop. Upgrade (for free) or stay the same, it's up to you. Stable, powerful and cheap - as an operating system should be.
David Saxby, England

We use Linux at home and at work on a mixed OS network. Compared to any Microsoft product, Linux is superb. It is secure, multiuser and does not crash all the time and most importantly, if you need to update/install apps or make any changes you don't have to reboot - thus reducing the server outage for clients. Windows on the other hand needs rebooting if you even look at it.
Hedley Phillips, UK

Advantages: No viruses, faster, tight file security while easily sharing info, a vast software base to tap 99.8% completed, mostly free, most needed compilers/languages included or Web (GPL), Servers included (Web, Mail, fax,....), many Apps and most very solid and fast. I use SuSE 7.1 and my complaints are that you still have to read a lot to do the final configure on those free/GPL applications and some user apps menus are incomplete. But it worth the efforts. By December 2001 we will see Linux on the top. The Linux users are recovering again the control over what is/will be doing/happens on the computer !
Jose Corona, Dominican Republic

Most definitely. We used a Linux based system here in a Molecular Biology lab at Montana State University. The whole concept of open source has been revolutionary from the start. Bringing an open UNIX environment to the public has enabled a subculture to create standards for the rest of the computing world. The bottom line is what works best, and Linux has proved that open code will not be destroyed, or stifled, but has blossomed and will continue to grow.
Mike Behnke, USA

Most IT managers are out of touch with technology. They tend to focus on big names like Microsoft but little they know of technology. Linux is the future! The force behind is distributed collaboration of people throughout the world creating a cutting edge OS that is free of licensing fees. Once more and more people start understanding what Linux is to offer, there will be no stop.
Alex Kamalov, US

Linux is great because the software is literally free and so we do not have to purchase licenses. More importantly with 20,000 students we do not have to purchase client access licenses like we would if we were using Windows. Compared to Windows it is difficult to set up and configure, but the fact that it is free more than makes up for that.
Paul Fitzgibbon, UK

The great number of differing distributions is a great source of confusion for new users and a major detractor. Perhaps the current tech-market slump will help weed out a few of the weaker ones.
Aidan Dixon, UK

I have been using Linux for about six months and it has never crashed or had to be restarted. It is rock solid stable in my own experience and much more responsive than Windows. However it does need to be easier to use without alienating the Unix hacker community.
Giles Jones, UK

As a programmer, I find Linux very good - free, powerful, with loads of tools and utilities. Open source software really is the way of the future!
Andy , London

I use Linux at work and find it makes life easy in terms of it's reliability and ease-of-use. The fact that it is open-source is a great thing, and that should ensure it's continued success. At least it doesn't operate behind closed doors, like Microsoft Windows does.
Mark McKee, London, UK

All Linux "fans" are very quick to put down Microsoft and its software. If you read Linux magazines and Internet forums, all they seem to talk about is how bad MS software is. When are they actually going to show me (a veteran computer techie) why their software is better, rather than just telling me why Microsoft is worse?
Andy, England

Linux is superb! It's not just a cheap version of Windows - it's more secure, more stable and more intuitive.
Sarah, UK

I have used it, but as a software consultant work in MS environment, but will love to see more Linux usage.
Victor V Lopez, Venezuela SA.

I have used various flavours of Linux for a number of years now and it is only recently that it is becoming useful as a desktop OS as opposed to a pure server OS. In a server environment it is great. I use it as a file, web and mail server at home. I also have a firewall based on it and more recently I use it on a laptop for java and web development. Although I still use a windows desktop for other tasks such as using MS Office products. The Linux equivalents are not compatible enough for use in mixed windows/linux environments, yet!
Andrew Lindsay, UK

I started using Linux in December 1991, and have been a fan ever since. Microsoft's dedication to squeezing every penny from every user will be there downfall. Long Live The Revolution!
Derick Burton, England

Congratulations to all the GNU/Linux folks, and thanks especially to Linus and Richard Stallman. I have used Linux at home for about seven years. I stopped using Windows altogether about three years ago. Linux runs for months without crashing, Windows sometimes goes for a few days. Linux (and Unix) are so much more powerful and flexible. There is a huge amount of free, high quality software available. It's a wonderful system and has saved me lots of pain and a small fortune in software.
Mike Wilson, UK

I have used various flavours of Linux for a number of years now and it is only recently that it is becoming useful as a desktop OS as opposed to a pure server OS. In a server environment it is great. I use it as a file, web and mail server at home. I also have a firewall based on it and more recently I use it on a laptop for java and web development. Although I still use a windows desktop for other tasks such as using MS Office products. The Linux equivalents are not compatible enough for use in mixed windows/linux environments, yet!
Andrew Lindsay, UK

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