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What Drove Me to Linux -- and Keeps Me There
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| When the Blaster Worm hit everyone here in my home state, I was shocked and
| appalled at how many IT pros failed to patch their systems/networks ahead of
| time. Pure laziness as far as I am concerned, but it also opened my eyes to just
| how vulnerable our Windows PCs were. Despite the patch being released well ahead
| of time, many people ended up needing to use a removal tool to fix the problem.
| This troubled me greatly.
| Roughly in the same time line, I had been using Knoppix Linux to help with
| rescuing data off client PCs. I was always amazed at how cool it was that I
| could run this operating system from a LiveCd without being forced to install
| over the existing data on the hard drive. Shortly after this, I found myself
| drawn to one of the most promising distros at that time, called Simply Mepis.
| Unlike Linspire during the same period, I found Mepis to be a bit more cutting
| edge, hence was drawn to it as something I wanted to run on my notebook while
| still keeping my feet in the Windows world on my desktop.
Commentary: Linux at Law
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| I have no problem using the electronic filing and access systems that the
| federal and many state courts now require. I have a variety of FOSS PDF
| programs that work well. Although I cannot read the proprietary electronic
| transcripts generated by some court reporters, I get around that annoyance by
| requesting my copies as indexed PDF files.
| So, you ask, "What about interaction with other lawyers and clients?" No
| problem. Lawyers and judges do not even know that I am using FOSS . I can
| read their files created with proprietary word processors and I can produce
| compatible files for their word processors. Although I have problems with
| some templates, such as manipulating data on numbered pages of
| interrogatories, I have developed simple work-arounds.
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