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__/ [Postmaster] on Friday 11 November 2005 17:09 \__
> Dear Suse,
> I thought it worthy of mention that my teenage son has
> migrated to Suse. He's a typical teenager and spends
> way too much time using AIM, and surfing the web,
> and playing games. But when it comes to technology,
> teenagers want the latest cool stuff, and also want
> it to work reliably. After having his Windows XP
> PC get nuked several times by viruses, hijacks,
> trojans, hidden vpns, adware gone wild, spyware,
> hidden keylogger, Itunes converting all of his music into
> non-portable garbage, infected emails, and Sony music
> CD's installing root-kits, he made the decision that it was
> time to install something reliable.
> Even though his system had two hardware firewalls, a software
> firewall, Norton, and Spybot, FireFox, and Ad-aware, the
> system was still getting trashed by mal-ware every few weeks
> and requiring a scratch install to get it back online. This had
> reached the level of more than just an annoyance, it was
> defeating the purpose of having a PC at all ! He decided it was
> time to try something else (Linux, MAC, anything that just works
> reliably !) He wanted to spend his time enjoying his technology, not
> constantly having to repair it, safeguard it, lose his work, and
> his time.
> The default boot is now Suse 10, but Windows XP
> remains an option. For web surfing, AIM, and homework,
> he uses Suse. Only when he wishes to play a Windows
> game, does he reboot the system into Windows.
> He has friends that are into photography, and use MACs.
> In the past he could not read the CDs that were created on
> the MACs, but now he can. He is finding many things that
> now work, and do not require him draining his allowance.
> The installation went easily and perfectly. Not a single
> glitch ! All hardware was correctly identified and is working
> perfectly. He is quickly learning the GUI, the utilities, and is very
> happy with entire system.
> Now when his friends say "I can't do that on my PC, how
> did you do that" His answer is: "Oh yeah, you're still running
> Windows. You need to upgrade. Windows is just for playing
> games, like your playstation or Xbox."
> Thank you for producing a very nice alternative to the
> Windows nightmare.
> P.S. Sometimes it takes a true novice to point out the obvious.