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D-I-V-O-R-C-E (find out what it means to me!)

Today, boys and girls, we are going to file for divorce.  That's right.  We're going to begin the proceedings to divorce ourselves from Microsoft Windows.  We are going to see what it would take to switch completely over to the Ubuntu Hardy Heron operating system.  Ubuntu is a "flavor," as they say, of Linux which is a "flavor" of Unix (but don't tell UC Berkley that or they will want vast sums of money from you).  Which is why Linus Torvalds wrote Linux and named it after himself:*  he wanted a Unix-compatible operating system that didn't cost very much (like nothing, for instance), so he made his own from scratch.  Well, it grew like topsy and so did Mr. Torvalds and now Linux is very nearly a viable replacement for Windows as a universal operating system.  How nearly viable?  That's precisely the point of today's project, to find that out.

Uncle Ralph bought a separate machine (a Dell Inspiron 530) to experiment on.  This was because we need to leave the existing Windows XP machine intact until we can do everything under Linux that we do under Windows and because dual boot systems (wherein you can boot in either Linux or Widows) are a supreme pain in the puhtootie.  Also, it's time for a new machine.  Our XP machine is five or six years old at this point and not a real screamer anymore.  Not by today's standards.  Our Linux box is nothing special in today's market: Intel Dual-Core 2.4GHz processor; 2GB of RAM; 250GB hard drive; and we're just using the video, sound and Ethernet that came on the motherboard; but it's a screamer compared to what Uncle Ralph is used to and it was CHEAP.

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*Semi-interesting piece of trivia:  Many people with a propensity for propriety pronounce Linux "LINE-ux."  They think this proper because it is named after a guy called Linus which they pronounce "LINE-us" like the kid in the Peanuts cartoons.  Well, if you drag out YouTube and find a video recording of Mr. Torvalds giving a talk or an interview somewhere, he calls himself "LINN-us" and his operating system "LINN-ux."  It's probably got something to do with him being Finnish or something.  Or maybe his parents never saw a Peanuts cartoon.  Anyway . . .

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