I am speechless with quite unjustifiable self-admiration. My tiny, frail laptop with an Internet connection no more secure than a line of wet string, has managed to download a fully functional CD bootable version of Linux, which is rather like learning about computing from scratch all over again. It’s amazing how one’s thinking becomes a resonant image of Windows and you behave as that nice Mr Gates has taught you, it’s only when you get out into the fresh air of open source that you realise what you’ve been missing. There are some quirky litle glitches but at least with a modicum of UNIX nous, most problems are transparent and not difficult to solve. It’s faster, cleverer and more intuitive than I could have imagined, and, best of all it is, like advice, free of charge

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