For years I've wanted to put the operating system known as Linux on my PC. Why? Because I love the idea of it. Linux, which was first released in 1991, is an alternative to Windows and Apple's Mac operating system--though it will run on virtually any PC and most Macs. Supposedly 15 million people use it worldwide. (Since it's available free, no one knows how many copies have actually been passed around.) It's also the poster child of the so-called open-source movement. Unlike Microsoft Windows or the Mac OS, Linux and many of the programs that work with it are built...
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