[ALUG] Why Do You Use Linux?

Wayne Stallwood ALUGlist at digimatic.co.uk
Tue Dec 21 19:17:00 GMT 2010


On 21/12/10 18:02, Steve Engledow wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 08:55:46PM +0000, Simon Royal wrote:
>> >  So what make you lot a Linux? Why do you decide to walk on the other side of
>> >  M?

For me I actually use both, Microsoft has a pretty much exclusive 
playground on the desktop at my place of work and my home is almost 
exclusively Linux. I can't see a sound justification for moving my place 
of employment to OSS because simply the tools we need to work the way we 
do don't exist of if they do exist aren't similar enough that I wouldn't 
have to manage a migration of something beyond simple user education.

At home I use Linux because pretty much anything I want to do is an 
apt-get away, the machines are for the most part stable and trouble free 
and the system never feels like it is getting in the way of the task in 
hand. If I do get problems at home it is either hardware related or 
because I have done something very stupid.

When I first tried Linux it came on a cover disk in ooooh 1997 and it 
was just something different to play with, I think by 1999 it was my 
main desktop simply because it did everything I wanted it to do without 
fuss. I think the true turning point came during a period of dual boot 
where I realised that my W2k installation had been broken for 3 months 
and I hadn't really missed it.

It's interesting that most people who have passed negative comment on my 
desktop of choice tend to be sitting on a Windows machine with several 
thousand pounds of pirated software to achieve the same thing I manage 
with Free software, I often retort by asking them if they would feel the 
same way if they had actually paid for everything.



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