What am I working on right now? Probably the Sprog project [sourceforge.net].
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I normally use Debian at home and at work but I had to do a bit of system support on my wife's WinXP box the other day. The problem was that the Norton Antivirus subscription had expired. Last time it happened, I renewed the subscription at great trouble (very bad web site) and expense. This time I removed NAV and installed AVG Free.
This operation took approximately an hour. I had to remove three Norton components which required much pointing and clicking; three reboots; and extensive waits after reboots while the deinstallation was silently proceeding in the background.
I repeatedly read that Linux needs to solve the software packaging/installation/removal problem before it can compete with Windows. As far as I'm concerned Debian solved those problems years ago and if you really want point-and-click, the Synaptic package manager GUI is light years ahead of anything I've seen on Windows. The equivalent operation on Debian would have taken under two minutes including download time.
The AVG installation wizard included a registration step. The alleged advantages of registration are "full access to the AVG Free discussion forum