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Linux ready for the home desktop?

 I introduced my parents to Linux [Ubuntu Gutsy] at their place, and they 
tried it for a few days.  It was still too new for them, so they opted 
back for Windows. 

I was considering re-introducing it to them at some other point, until a 
few days later, my Linux box (Ubuntu) presented me with a reminder why 
Windows and Mac are still desktop-ready, but Linux isn't - the obligatory 
filesystem check if the machine has been rebooted at least 30 times. 

This leads me to the question of can this check be turned off?  I know it 
is a kernel function, and not distro-based.  If it can be turned off, what 
are the consequences? 

How do the [net/free/open]BSD families handle checks, since their kernels 
are different, I think. 

Thanks for feedback. 


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