Linked by Nathan J. Hill on Tue 24th Oct 2006 10:43 UTC
Linspire In the midst of the busy semester here at school, my fiancee's laptop, running Windows XP SP2, picked up some friends - adware, trojans, etc. It was a pretty nasty sight. I worked on it for at least two hours every couple of days, wiping it clean, doing my best to lock it down, and so on. Avast! and Ad-Aware had their limits it seemed, for only a day or so after I cleaned it, pop-ups and weird stuff would show up again. She was getting sick of it. I was getting sick of cleaning it, so I suggested, offhand, installing a different operating system that is a bit more impervious to those nasties. To my surprise, she agreed.
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- Try to throw a brand-new distro onto a random laptop
- add in a user with little to no knowledge of Linux
- and who didn't do any research.

With these together, you've got a recipe for disaster indeed. In the worst case, he might have formatted over the partition with his wife's data. As I'm sure many people trying out Linux *have* (yours truly nearly fared the same once. That was 6 years ago though).

They'll learn that Macs aren't perfect either. But maybe they are perfect for her/them.

Congrats on having the guts to try out something different at least!

Edited 2006-10-24 12:07

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