Why I Use Linux

I'm Kev and I'm a Cyber Security professional from the UK. I started this blog so that I could share my thoughts on the things that interest me. That's usually technology, Linux, open source, and motorbikes.

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  1. I have a relatively new laptop that runs Windows abysmally slow, so I thought I’d give Linux a whirl (I have tried it off-and-on over the years – my first foray was with Slack 4 back in the late 90’s). Currently running Mint, and enjoying it immensely. Still slow as molasses (so it’s clearly a hardware issue – more RAM, perhaps?).

    Point being, I haven’t really found anything that I need to do that I can’t do on Linux. I have a second laptop (i.e., my wife’s) that is running Windows. It’s better for the marriage that way πŸ˜‰

    1. What hardware spec is your laptop? Sounds like it may be a hardware issue to me. Hard to tell remotely though.

  2. Would you mind elaborating on Linux vs Mac a bit? It seems like MacOS (other than the bit about DE) fits your criteria as well?


    1. I think a Mac would fit my requirement really rather well. The issue is being unable to install the OS on any hardware (I’m aware the “hackintosh” exists but it’s not legit), so I prefer to use Linux.

      I also like the community and ethos around Linux.

  3. The customization aspects of linux are pretty sweet and I like the ability to completely change my desktop appearance on a whim. Installing new software is an underwhelming experience most of the time and is accomplished by entering a single command. I’ve gotten so used to how powerful linux is that on the rare occasion that I have to use Windows, I’m amazed by how difficult even the simplest of tasks can be. When I use Windows it always feels like I’m jumping through hoops just to get things done in a round-about way.

    A friend I had online who helped his father run a computer repair business in NZ, introduced me to linux about 13-15 years ago. I don’t remember why I decided to try it then, probably out of curiosity and a need to tinker. Being an avid pc gamer at the time, I had numerous spare pc parts laying around. My first linux box was headless and comprised of a motherboard, ide hdd, and psu that were just dangling from screws in the wall next to my desk. I used it as a personal file server and, with help from my friend, learned how to setup Apache to host a web page with it.

    The reasons I use linux now have evolved from the novelty it was for me back then and focus primarily on privacy, security, and stability. I learned early on that linux far outpaced Windows in these respects. As I’ve gotten older, my views on digital rights, FOSS, and decentralization have grown very important to me. Luckily, these views and the linux community meld beautifully together and are an important foundation of my digital life.

    1. Thanks for the great comment (your handle still makes me giggle every time I read it)!

      A headless file server as you first delve in to Linux? That’s impressive!

      I agree completely, that ironically and contrary to popular belief, Linux IS a lot easier to use than Windows for day-to-day tasks. You need to to spend a little bit of time getting used to it.

      Unfortunately, I think most users just aren’t willing to spend that time. πŸ™

  4. I have been using Linux for more than 10 years, I started with Gentoo because it was faster than windows NT. Nowdays, I am on Ubuntu because a) it easy to to tweak to my prefered configuration even if nowdays it mostly means installing GNOME. b) it get the job done, most of my needs are package install away (the equivalent of the app store). c) I mostly code on my free time and support of Linux is better (from what I have gathered) than MacOS or worse Windows.

    Also it’s beautiful πŸ™‚

    1. I imagine a lot of people will have very similar reasons as to why they use . It’s a matter of preference I think.

      I’m glad I wasn’t using Linux back in the early 90s – that was hardcore back then.

  5. You mentioned Spotify so I’ll feel free to tell you story that happened to me. When returning from summer holiday I found out that Spotify had removed their app remotely from my Squeezeboxes. What pissed me of most was that with proprietary software I had no control over my own equipment! I learned my lesson and wanted to take back control. The only way to do this is with open source software. So I created my own music server (Squeezebox Media server running on Raspbian) for my Squeezeboxes and never looked back.

    BTW: I love Ubuntu MATE.

    1. How could Spotify do that without having remote root access to your machine? Is that anecdotal, or do you have proof that Spotify definitely removed their app remotely?

      I’m sorry, but I’m really struggling to believe that is true without more details.

  6. The reason I’ve used Linux on multiple systems could be added to “Gets Out of the Way” category. Despite the fact that so many of the bells and whistles found in the Win 10 interface and MacOS have origins in Linux, the OS isn’t built to create obsolescence.

    There’s always a distro that will work on ageing hardware. Thus, I can get more life out of systems, rather than contribute to the ever increasing waste our society generates. Whether it’s making a music server for my home with simple to use software running in Linux or saving a buck and staying up to date with security patches, the OS is a wonderful solution.

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