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Welcome From The Chief Editor

I recently went deer hunting. As I was sitting in the tree stand, it was hard to not notice the deafening silence. In that silent realm, you can hear everything. Until it's that quiet, you have no idea how much noise a single, dried leaf makes as it falls from its supporting branch and flutters to the ground. A squirrel that weighs maybe a pound, sounds as if he's 40 pounds as it scampers through the leaves. The periodic tapping of a woodpecker echos through the woods as it looks for another insect to eat. Geese honk in the distance. Gravel crunches under the tires of a car traveling down a distant road.

That's one thing I really like about being in the outdoors, whether it's fishing or hunting. The peace and solitude envelopes you. Little else seems to matter as you're able to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday life. The theme songs from my son's favorite kiddie shows blare loudly in my head.

Me, sitting in the tree stand.

In a way, it all also reminds me of what it's like to use PCLinuxOS. With it, we're able to free ourselves from the everyday hassles that go along with using that "other" commercial operating system that dominates the computer landscape. Many thanks to Texstar and his small group of packagers that keep PCLinuxOS running like a well oiled machine.

We don't have to deal with viruses, malware, spyware and crapware. We don't have to worry about spending obscene amounts of money for the programs we rely on to get our daily tasks done. We have choices not only in the software we use, but we also have choices in desktop environments and how to set up how our computer works. We have the choice to use lots of eye candy, or hardly any at all.

We are free from all that background noise that those problems and issues bring with them. I guess you could say that we have freed ourselves from the Matrix. And, as computer users, our computer lives are enrichened by that freedom.

During this holiday season, I wish for each of you happiness, peace, serenity and prosperity.

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