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Windows a pain?

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Linux, the free computer operating system, has attracted much attention recently in the mainstream media. This is partly because it is a serious rival to Microsoft's Windows but mainly because it has been developed by programmers who are motivated solely by the purest impulse in science and engineering - the desire to find the best technical solution.

The result is a remarkably compact and reliable code. I hope the ICE-ASCE's proposed internet based knowledge network will adopt the same philosophy and be developed as an open source of information, available to all, rather than restricted to the members of an elite club.

Alun Thomas (M) athomas@soton.ac.uk

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