This is a previously unpublished and incomplete beginning of an idea that was the inspiration for the Linux-Friendly Links section at Linux4Everyone.com
Over the course of the last 10 years, Linux for the desktop has gone from a curiosity for hobbyists and geeks to a mainstream operating system capable of standing toe-to-toe with with the likes of Microsoft and Apple.
Linux is becoming so popular, even a columnist in a local magazine - (605) Magazine to be exact - included it in the advice he gave in his column on buying a new computer. In fact, Ubuntu and Linux Mint are the 3rd and 4th most used operating systems in the world respectively. Honestly, it may be easier to list what desktop Linux can't do as it is a short list indeed.
First off, if all you do is check e-mail and surf the Internet, you should never, ever pay a premium for a PC (Mac or PC they are all PCs here but that is a topic for another time). Linux has been able to surf the Internet and e-mail since the Internet was invented.
What sort of surfing can it do? Well, anything Google-based for starters. Video streaming like YouTube and Hulu. TaxACT online is Linux-friendly and I have done my Taxes with them for 4 years.
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