I Moved to Linux and It’s Even Better Than I Expected
Dan Gillmor
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Linux has been my desktop of choice now ever since 1996, so for as long as almost 20 years, which is not too hard a thing as I am into software development so most of my tools either aren’t bound to a particular platform anyway or run even better on Linux. However, these days I am unsure whether this difference still matters that much anymore. In 2016, compared to ten or even twenty years ago, choosing Linux as a desktop operating system ain’t that difficult anymore - it’s relatively easy to find solid hardware that mostly works with Linux out of the box, and installing any of the popular distributions is a breeze compared to, say, early Debian or Slackware variants. And, see Firefox, Chrome, Thunderbird, LibreOffice or FreeOffice, there’s a whole load of robust, usable software out there - compare that with 1996 where for mail and web you essentially were left with choosing Netscape Communicator, in my opinion still now and then one of the worst pieces of software ever released for any platform. Maybe these days, choosing freedom in technology needs to focus on another playing field: What’s the purpose of using, say, a Linux desktop just to, then, run “proprietary” online services that keep you tied to a particular vendor of cloud technology for providing you with storage and services…?

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