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Bob Dylan sang, "The times, they are a-changing", and when it comes to desktop operating systems, times really are. Linux, which was once the choice of geeks, has now undergone considerable changes ? using it on the desktop seems imminent. Gone are the days of grisly hardware compatibility, rudimentary graphic interfaces and negligible vendor support; it's now time to enter the new world of Linux!

The last Linux comparison that we did was exactly 13 months ago; and in that short period, things have really moved to the next level. Newer versions of applications have come up, a lot of work has gone into making the Graphical User Interface (GUI) less intimidating, the Kernel has been spruced up, hardware databases have expanded and overall, using Linux is now an enjoyable experience.

Going by there are thousands of distro's (Linux distributions) available on the Internet for people to download. Each distribution is different from the other in the way it targets its audience. For example, there are distributions that are made specifically for testing network security ? such a distribution has all the required tools for testing network security. However, apart from these esoteric flavours, most Linux distributions tend to be desktop centric.

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