[ALUG] Why Do You Use Linux?

Richard Lewis richardlewis at fastmail.co.uk
Wed Dec 22 10:18:29 GMT 2010

At Mon, 20 Dec 2010 20:55:46 +0000,
Simon Royal wrote:
> So what make you lot a Linux?
Flexibility and features. GNU is good because it comes with tools!
Windows has been acceptable as a desktop operating system since the XP
release, but it's immensely frustrating to use because it has almost
no tools. Linux-based systems are slightly more liable to misbehaviour
in hardware related things such as suspending, but the trade-off is
that anything you can imagine that you want to do will be possible
somehow (except computing when a computation will halt, but that's
also impossible in Windows).

Price. When I first started using GNU systems I was a poor student and
very much appreciated having access to useful software without having
to spend money. Access to free but industrial grade software is also
invaluable for learning. For example, anyone can learn to set up and
configure Apache just as it would be in a production context on their
own computer at no personal expense. But in order even to learn how to
use IIS, you need to buy it. What if you do so and it turns out to be

I like Debian specifically because of the package manager and package
management. My first experience with a GNU/Linux distribution was Red
Hat and I gave up after a few months because it was such a chore
trying to install software. But, as others on this thread have said,
the Debian tools, policies, and archive are what really makes free
software stand out.

Richard Lewis
ISMS, Computing
Goldsmiths, University of London
Tel: +44 (0)20 7078 5134
Skype: richardjlewis
JID: ironchicken at jabber.earth.li

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