Subject: Off topic but funny
From: "Tim O'Reilly" <>
Date: Sun, 16 Mar 2003 09:53:19 -0800

Our PR department has been working on making press releases more
entertaining, and this latest effort, for the new edition of Learning Red
Hat Linux, opens with a great image that made me laugh out loud -- comparing
the reaction of Windows or Mac users faced with a Unix/Linux system to
Dickens' character Little Dorrit:

> Sebastopol, CA--A change in circumstances can be surprisingly
> disorienting. Consider Little Dorrit, the Charles Dickens' protagonist
> who was born and lived her entire life within the walls of the
> Marshalsea debtors' prison. Upon learning that she and her family were
> not only free to leave, but were also wealthy, Little Dorrit promptly
> fainted. Similarly, Windows and Mac users confronting a Unix-based
> operating system for the first time--while not reacting quite so
> dramatically as Little Dorrit--may find the experience disconcerting.
> But, there is help available to ease the transition. "Learning Red Hat
> Linux, Third Edition" by Bill McCarty (O'Reilly, US $39.95) provides a
> comprehensive yet gentle entry to the world of Linux with new users in
> mind, specifically, the popular Red Hat distribution of Linux.

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