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Powering Up

Is Linux really ready to be plugged in to the desktop? The answer is at your fingertips.

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This story appears in the December 2003 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

I've heard Linux is for geeks; that whatever I might save on a ridiculously cheap Linux PC, I'll pay in tech support costs spawned by "nonstandard" aspects of this operating system. I've also heard that a Linux desktop is the answer to the growing blob of cosmetically enhanced Windows software that has me replacing perfectly good PCs with ever-faster systems, just so I can continue to write e-mail and Word documents.

Suspecting that the truth lies somewhere in between, I bought a Linux desktop-a BusinessStation from software company Lindows.com Inc., to be precise. I wanted the full Linux experience, from the Web site shopping cart to compatibility with Windows tools to tech support.

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