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Why I use Linux

Apr 22, 2009, 06:03 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Keir Thomas)

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"Control over my system I have the freedom to do what I want with Linux. Crucially, there's no "right way" or "wrong way" of doing things (although there are sensible and efficient ways of doing things, of course). In the Linux community, you'll never hear somebody say, "Hey! You're not supposed to do that!" or, "Serves you right for doing it the wrong way!" Instead, what you're more likely to hear is, "Hey! I didn't know you could do that! That's cool!" Innovative solutions are encouraged. Feel free to explore.

"This freedom extends to my choice of software too. If I don't like a particular piece of software, I can use an alternative. This is true even of desktop or system components, which in Windows and Mac OS X are considered set in stone. I can even run Linux without the Linux kernel if I want to!

"Here's an example of why this kind of freedom is good. When using Ubuntu on my netbook, I bypass the built-in Network Manager program that configures wifi, and configure the network manually. Put simply, this lets me get online straight away after waking the netbook from suspend. But if I did this kind of tweak under Windows, people would point out that it's somehow "wrong". You should do things the way Microsoft tell you to! Get back into line, soldier! Under Linux, I can do what the hell I want, and nobody will ever tell me otherwise. That's not just how I roll. That's how it is with Linux."

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