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<div class="entry-content"><p>I had installed <a href="http://www.linux.org">Linux</a> on my home computer in India for the sole purpose of helping my mom watch the movies i got from Singapore without the headache of a missing codec.</p>
<p>I had put everything in place - with every possible application she might need finding a place on the desktop. I tested the movie playing capability with <a href="http://us.imdb.com/Title?0265343">Monsoon Wedding</a> and other movies.</p>
<p>Unfortunately, while I am here now in Singapore, my mom tried playing the <a href="http://us.imdb.com/Title?0057115">Great Escape</a> CD which apparently gave her an error. I failed miserably in the garb of an online computer technician; I took one hour to get her to type &#8216;ls&#8217; on the terminal. I implicitly expected her to add an ENTER after every command I asked her to type on the terminal( which I shudnt have, considering that she doesnt know anything at all about Linux!).</p>
<p>O well, I learnt an important lesson. But then, the ease of my mom&#8217;s comprehension (when I dont skip any steps) and her immediate love of Linux (as she says it is &#8220;Bold and Beautiful&#8221; :) ) made me even more convinced that Windows is an OS that should be thrown out of Home PC market. It has too many frills and costs way too much.</p>
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