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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There is support, and there is support
by suslik on Tue 24th Oct 2006 15:26 UTC
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I really can't see the point of installing support for Finnish, Russian, Georgian, Armenian, Korean, Chinese, Vietnamese, and so on ad infinitum on the desktops of the 95% of British, American, Western European, and South American users who just aren't going to have much use for them, by default.

I am rather surprized support for input and viewing of the said languages in NOT installed by default. I agree about localized strings and UI translations - they take a lot, but input methods are a must.

On a related note. On Keyboard installation step, Windows allows user to choose additional, "unnative" input locales. So, it's not by default either, but the same treatment I get from my OpenSuse installer.

There is a lot of difference in overall Linux experience depending on which Linux you choose. You don't pick up the first person on the street to be a spouse, you don't pick a distro without the research of your needs and their offers.

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