...the Devil! Recently, I performed a clean install of Windows 7. Simply slipped in the disk and followed the prompts. It was easy enough. After a day or two I had installed all of my software and downloaded my backed up data. Feeling confident, I thought I would try installing Linux in a Virtualbox. Sounded like fun, really. Even though I didn't need to. Virtualbox was easy enough to install and eventually understand. But installing Linux Mint is a tale of woe and frustration. I've now tried to install it eight times and have failed, you guessed it, eight times! First I ran into the "kernel" problem. Fixed that by getting rid of the Tara edition and installed Cinnamon. (I don't like the name Tara anyway. I know a girl named Tara and I don't like her either!). Cinnamon (I'm picturing a stripper) seemed to go OK until I discovered "software rendering mode". So I watched a couple of videos on Youtube, which solved nothing. No, No wait, there's more! The keyboard and mouse freeze at the drop of a hat, I can't type numbers because the numlock key turns itself on, the program tries to reinstall itself each time I try to fire it up, and all of my settings are returned to minimums! I'm also counting the ridiculous number of times that I have to enter my password and the Handbook For Beginners that contains 200 pages! 200!!! For beginners???? From the outside it looks as though all the cute names like Mint, Red Hat, Fedora and the like simply serve to lure us through the gates of, well, you know, that place where the Devil lives. That's where arcane terms like GRUB, SUDO, APT and others live Well, my friends, I'm done with my rant for tonight. Let me ask a poignant question, though, to finish this off. Is there any Real World answer as to why Linux even exists? Does it improve lives in a meaingful way? What are the advantages over Windows or Mac OS?