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Making the Switch: Dumping Proprietary Operating Systems for Linux

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Posted: 27 Apr 2005

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Extreme Tech's Dave Salvatore is working on a four-part series of exploring switching to Linux from Windows. The first part outlines why someone would want to try Linux, and explains how to get started. Part two runs through setting up a secure server at home. Part three shows how to set up a dual-boot system. The last part, yet to come, will deal with setting up a home theater PC with Linux.


"To give you all the angles, we'll devote a four-part series of articles to going Microsoft-free. This time we'll compare what you gain and lose by ditching Windows, detail requirements of four PC types you're likely to use at home, and show how you can test the non-Windows waters without tossing that OS completely. In Part 2 of this series, we'll show you how to build your home server and medium-duty client. In Part 3, we'll build a Linux-based gaming system, show you how to set it up for dual-boot. And finally in Part 4, we take on this series' most challenging project?the Linux-based home-theater PC."

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

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