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LinuxPlanet: The StartX Files: Chasing Them Naughty Blues

Jun 18, 2001, 16:20 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Brian Proffitt)

Why do you use Linux? Because you're running from something or embracing something? In this week's StartX Files, Brian Proffitt says people run Linux more because they're for freedom and the chance to contribute. For the rest of the world, software may "just be a tool." For the Linux community, Linux is "a chance to create something new, something unique, and something bigger than ourselves."

"I don't think people who are Linux users are escaping away from something--they are running to something. Because Linux is something that represents more than just lines of code for people. Linux represents something that they can help build. From the developers who code the kernel to the beginning user who tentatively types out a bug report, everyone who has used Linux for any amount of time has the ability to help create something that is larger than anything they could have done on their own.

Sometimes, I get frustrated with the nay-sayers who start a sentence with "Linux will never do..." I bang my head against the wall when I see the trolls lurching through the talkbacks. I was certainly frustrated this week.

But then I was reminded in a small, personal way that something I once wrote played a helping hand in furthering Linux.

And that's what we are all seeking! A chance to create something new, something unique, and something bigger than ourselves. We are invested in the Linux cause because in one way or another, we are personally invested in Linux itself."

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