2008-02-05 16:31:42 UTC
gamer ) 5 year old machine.
I started using Linux back in 2000. I started with off with Red Hat
for a few years. From there I went to Suse for a few years. I tried
straight Debian and didn't like it. I fell in love with Knoppix when
it came out and stayed with that for a while. I tried Mephis for a
little while. Then I went Ubuntu several years ago.
I realized that in the 8 years I have been using Linux I have not
really learned that much. It seems like unless you are a network
person or are interested in networking or cobbling hardware together
you don't get that much impetus to learn more Linux.
What do all of you think of that thought?
How do all of you stay enthused with Linux?
I hate Microsoft as a company and I don't care for windows.
However, I have been thinking about why I continue to use GNU/Linux.
I can afford any computer at home that I want and the reasons why I
thought I should use GNU/Linux don't necessarily apply to me anymore.
I read Richard Stallman's book. I am STILL enthused about his
philosophy, but I have never read the source code for a Linux
program. I never cared to and I don't think I will have that
Over the years I kept telling myself that using GNU/Linux would
improve my education. I have gotten the ethic of looking up and
figuring things out my own imbued into me, which I think is a good
thing and worth all of the years I have been with GNU/Linux.
However, when I learn it is usually in response to a problem on my
system. Being honest, most times I am only interested ( and ONLY HAVE
TIME ) in learning just enough to get things going again....which
isn't that much of an valuable education.
I do get off on watching GNU/Linux improve.
I would never use windows.
However I have been thinking of possibly migrating to the Mac and
installing a VM.
Doing that I could continue to get the pleasure of watching GNU/Linux
improve, I could run windows programs for work, I could use a BSD
command shell whenever I want. I could run *nix programs whenever I
want. I would get more third party support like being able to use
things Turbo Tax, Adobe/Macromedia software and other third party
things. I wouldn't have to futz with things I am not interested
in......only stuff I want to futz with.......though Ubuntu is so
incredible this is becoming a non-issue for main stream tasks.
What do people think?
Is there anything I am overlooking in regenerating my enthusiasm,
reasons for using GNU/Linux?