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Friday, April 1st, 2005, 2:22 am

Pre-loaded Operating Systems

Windows and Mac users face long procedures of installing and recovering software whenever a computer is bought. This time-consuming process shows the strengths of comprehensive Linux distributions such as SuSE or Fedora.

LinuxPC users sometimes assemble a list of programs, each of which needs to be installed in turn. Why not use an image with all the software pre-loaded? Since hard-drive capacity is enormous, redundant bits cannot harm (with the exception of the Windows Registry). Also, one can distribute everything on several machines, without any repeated effort. If this does not illustrate the power of free Open-Source software, what does?

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