PC World writes The four-year-old Dell that serves as my Linux (news – web sites) test bed here at PC World HQ bit the dust yesterday: The cause appears to be a catastrophic drive failure. That means I can’t test Linux software for this column, but it also gives me the opportunity to switch gears a bit and make a point I’ve been meaning to get to for a few months now: You don’t have to run Linux to enjoy the benefits of Free Software.
If you’re a Microsoft Windows user and you’re reading this column with Mozilla, for instance, you know what I’m talking about. Mozilla is probably the highest-profile Free application for Windows, but there are many more. I’ve recently discovered a nifty way for Windows folks to explore the possibilities of Free Software: TheOpenCD. (full story)
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