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Switching to Linux?

Last week Lifehacker directed it’s readers to an article on Maximum PC’s website entitled ‘You Can Switch to Linux‘. This article – in addition to furthering the notion that Lifehacker has a fetish for Ubuntu Linux – was a simple ‘checklist in novella form’ on how to make that initial switch from Windows to Linux, and some things to remember when doing so.

The article is relatively useful, but the best thing about it was that the article itself was released under a Creative Commons license. Not only is this unusual for mainstream commercial websites and an important precedent; it’s also a great idea! It allows anyone to edit the article in almost any way they like and then share it with a much wider audience with the only condition being that you attribute the original creators. Doing so has enabled them to engage a much wider audience than their original article would reach.

For those considering making the switch to Linux, this article is a good addition to the reading list, but it does assume that you don’t encounter any of the usual problems that occur with a clean install of Linux (such as your wireless card or mouse not working for no apparent reason when it’s worked in all past installs and in dual-boot mode). Typical, ‘eh? Oh, and of course it also assumes that you want to jump on the Ubuntu bandwagon!

I’m sure you all know about the Creative Commons, so I’m not going to waffle on about that here. Instead, I’m just going to post my edited (and improved?) version of the ‘You Can Switch to Linux’ article for you to peruse at your leisure and (the real reason why I did it) so I can find it in the future. It’s in a number of versions, so take your pick:

Word .DOC
OpenOffice .ODT
Adobe Acrobat .PDF
DocBook .XML