[quote=“Spack”]I wish I was technologically savvy enough to use Linux.
As for Netscape, I’ve used it before but it kept crashing all the time and I kept losing all my emails. I use XP. Have other XP users had problems with Netscape? And is Mozilla all that it’s cracked up to be? Isn’t it supposed to be the same thing as Netscape?[/quote]
On Win2K, I think I’ve seen Netscape 7.1 crash just once. Mozilla is similar in function (I don’t know about stability under WinXP); they started from the same core code. I’ve only tried Mozilla under Knoppix, and I preferred the native KDE browser, Konqueror (a lot faster loading, less of a resource hog).
Linux isn’t difficult at all from an email-and-web-browsing standpoint. Give one of the Live CD products – Morphix, Knoppix, or MandrakeMove – a shot. I’d say go with Knoppix unless your computer has an nVidia chipset, in which case try Morphix. These are bootable CDs that don’t touch your hard drive unless you explicitly tell them to. Boot from the CD, you’re running Linux. Take out the CD and reboot, and you’re running Windows again.
The only big warning is, don’t try to use your hard drive if it’s NTFS. (Reading might be safe – not sure. Writing definitely isn’t.)
For email, I dunno, I just use web-based email systems now for the most part (Yahoo). That works fine from a Live CD, but if you want to save your email to your hard drive, you’d need to set things up differently. I haven’t tried that – would’ve gotten MandrakeMove, which does it to a USB “flash drive”, but their free test version didn’t like the networking chip in my computer.
The Konqueror browser works almost the same as Netscape; the biggest change for me was getting used to ctrl-R not working to reload the screen. For general websurfing, it’s great – again, though, saving bookmarks are a problem unless you write them to hard disk (easier in Knoppix, which can create a “persistent home” on your non-NTFS hard drive, but I read that Morphix doesn’t do that yet).