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Boot out Microsoft, boot up Linux
May 12, 2005

[Updated May 12, 2005] -- For many, Microsoft Windows seems like the only game in town. Linux is viewed as too difficult for the average consumer -- a perception the Linux community challenges head-on with user-friendly distributions, commitment-free liveCDs, how-to-books, and articles like a recent four-part offering from ExtremeTech.

In part one of "Giving Microsoft the Boot," author Dave Salvatore explains what the home user will gain and lose by switching away from Microsoft products, and covers the basics of exploratory installation. In part two, Salvatore covers set-up of a secure and low-cost home server. Part three addresses readers who insist on bleeding-edge gear for the latest computer game releases, showing them how to configure dual-boot Windows/Linux machine. In the fourth and final installment, Salvator explains what it takes to get a Linux based home theater PC system working... aside from patience and plenty of time.

Read parts one, two, three, and four of "Giving Microsoft the boot" at

[Note: This article was updated to include Part Four of the series, published this week.]

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