The intent of this article then is to help stout-hearted users willing to take the plunge and try out Linux to get the most out of it for example, to play DVDs, or to connect to the Internet, or simply to put a Trashcan on your desktop, all of which, believe it or not, is not as simple as it is on Windows.
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I FINALLY decided to give Linux a spin after years of listening to Linux supporters extol the virtues of the open source operating system.
The opportunity came around when a friend whos on a strict budget asked me to find him a second-hand computer and by chance I actually had an old machine lying around for him to use till he could afford his own.
Why not Windows XP? Well, the main reason is that this machine is a pretty old one, and only had a 450MHz Intel Pentium III processor and 256MB RAM.