Linux for Windows Addicts: A 12-Step Program for Habitual Windows Users

This book is aimed at people like myself - those who have used Windows for many years, are aware of its shortcomings, but are not quite ready yet to take that leap into the wilds of a new operating system.

If you've spent years learning the ins and outs of one system, it can be quite difficult to start over as a virtual newbie on a different one. Linux for Windows Addicts has two aims: to persuade you that it is, indeed, worthwhile to take that leap; and to ensure a soft landing after you take it.

The first two chapters consist of straight-out Linux evangelism - the kind of get-stuck-into-Microsoft rant that many readers will enjoy after suffering the frustration of blue screens and irritating animated "helpers" that won't go away. Behind the emotional catharsis, though, Miller makes a solid case for switching to Linux as a reliable, economical and sensible business decision. In particular, he refutes in detail many of the arguments with which Microsoft has sought to discredit Linux.

The next chapter seeks to ease the transition from Windows by explaining the concepts on which Linux is based, and how they differ from the Windows paradigm. Finally, the rest of the book is a fairly standard guide to setting up and using Linux on your computer. If you're thinking about moving to Linux, but you're not quite there yet, this book may help convince you.

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