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"Linux is open. It’s built by an open source community and has continued to operate that way—growing and evolving, and improving—since its beginning. Linux has proven open source production systems work. Linux powers some of the most amazing computer systems in the world. It’s the future. It’s the present."
I know Jen from Opensource.com and when I saw her great post about moving to Linux, I knew she would be perfect for here. It’s funny that she mentions learning to use GIMP. I sometimes think it’s...
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"Today’s personal computers are increasingly perceived and marketed as “black box” consumer appliances. We depend so heavily on our machines that it isn’t right to surrender this much knowledge and control over our hardware and software. Attempting to swim against that tide, running a free and open OS on a machine purpose built from scratch, really does seem like the right way to go."
Brian’s interview is one of those where I nodded my head the entire time I was reading it. He’s right that closed, black boxes are bad for privacy reasons. But I also find it frustrating from a...
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"What sets Linux apart for me is the package management. I’ve always used Ubuntu/Debian-based systems, so I’m used to apt, but what makes it great for me goes beyond apt versus whatever else. When I need to do something, I Google it, and usually there’s something in apt that will do what I need."
Jon talks about wiping his hard drive every six months or so to keep his system fresh. Back in my distro-hopping days I would also have new installs every few months and things did seem to run well....
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"Windows simply doesn’t have the feature set or security I want. Mac OS X is too locked-down for my tastes, and also lacks a number of features. Both try to lock me into their own worlds too much. With Debian, I can use my system the way I want to."
John makes a great case for xmonad. I’ve long thought about moving to a tiling window manager and xmonad might be the one to try. Even more impressively, John’s young kids use it. He’s also a Debian...
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"I do all my work on a single, small laptop. It runs Ubuntu—whatever version is reasonably current. I like Ubuntu because it Just Works."
Beth’s Linux journey is a lot like mine. I don’t like to get under the hood or tweak too much but I love that I can if I have to. And just as Beth likes Linux because it stays out of her way, I also...
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A MATE user: "I want my development box to be super fast and without distractions so I like running the bare minimum whilst remaining functional for most uses. I know I could use Xfce and others but I’m used to a GNOME 2.0-style desktop environment and actually really like it!"
A MATE user! Choice is important in Linux because there are so many desktop work styles. Some might call MATE old-fashioned but it’s popular because that’s how lots of people like to work. Bobby is...
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"Ultimately I believe that in order to provide a successful free alternative to commercial software, we, as a community, should develop uniform standards and agree on de facto entry channels that new adopters can easily find access to. "
I really appreciated Robert’s points about radicalism in the free and open source software community. Like Robert, I believe any move toward free and open source software is good. Obviously, if we all...
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"I liked the fact that Linux and the free software movement is basically the story of Stone Soup come to life. Here were people helping each other in significant ways out of the goodness of their hearts, and because helping others helps themselves. This is the nature of an anti-rivalrous good. "
It’s nice to see an attorney speaking up for Linux because the legal field is one that seems to say that Linux isn’t secure enough for its purposes. But obviously, given everything we know about...
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+Debian Project Leader Neil McGovern! "In the free software world, communication is all-important, and IRC is a great resource to just chat with people."
Neil is being modest when he calls Debian Project Leader a figurehead position. The reality is he coordinates a lot of work. Linux Voice did a nice interview with him and one of the things that came...
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"I like Xfce because it is so configurable. Unity has become more configurable, but it still isn’t flexible enough and tends not to work well on a lot of the older hardware we work with."
Charles and I have the same reasons for using Linux. He says it’s easier than Windows and OS X which is something a lot of people have a hard time believing. But Linux systems upgrade easily and in...
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" In fact, people (wrongly) dismissed netbooks as toys. I’ve recorded pro production audio using them, as well as created custom design/graphics, done 3D modeling, written software, done publication work…"
I’ve said this before, but anyone who can do audio production on Linux really impresses me, so I am knocked out that Duffy uses Linux for voiceover work. I’m even more impressed it’s done on a...
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"I’ll confess I don’t exclusively use Linux (I have a Mac for work), but I do use it because I like the deep-level of control it allows me and all the nerdy stuff I can do with it."
Sam is a designer for elementary OS, which is very impressive since elementary is one of the nicest looking Linux distributions out there. It’s also nice to see a designer using Linux to work. I also...
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