Because Shiny Things Are Fun - The New New Windows v Linux Thread
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I used to be solely a Windows user. Now I'm dual booting with Win7 and Linux Mint. I don't like the ADHD-like direction Microsoft is taking, plus I like the customization Linux offers. So I might switch solely to Linux sometime.
I use linux only because micro$oft has collaboration with the NSA and it's hidden backdoor access. Windows should be called WinNSA.
I guess I been pretty lucky on this. I have never used M$ on any of my systems. Never. When I built my first rig, I put Linux on it. Given all the things we know now and maybe some things we don't know, I think I got off to a good start.
Distrowatch says: "Put the fun back into the computing" and I have to disagree. Using Linux is not fun at all, there is no emotion. On Linux, I don't have to deal with infections and use antivirus nor antimalware. I don't have to defragment my hard drive every week. There is no adware on Linux to worry about. I don't have to use tools to optimize/clean my PC. No memory leaks, no unsafe dlls. There is nothing to do. Linux takes all the fun out of computing.
Distribution: Xubuntu 12.04, Mythbuntu, Ubuntu Server 12.04
I agree. One might say the fun about computing is more about fiddling around with complex configuration, digging deep into the system, even sometimes looking into kernel sources to find the source of a problem. But nothing. I buy some hardware, plug it in - Linux just works with it. I install some software (way too easy with these package management tools!) - it does what I expect.
Under Windows I would at least have to worry about the latest hardware driver to my new device to make it really work, surf for hours across strange shareware websites to find a software that fits my needs ... THAT would be real adventurous and fun!
Are you really 100% satisfied with what you get from the distro of your choice? Is there really nothing you want to change? Dig deeper... There is no limit to what you can do when you start taking control over all aspects of your system. If you build your own system from scratch you won't get bored. There's always something to do.
But I admit, catching up with all updates in BLFS (for the first time) almost gives me a feeling there's nothing to do... And all my scripts seem to work and do what I want them to... But I'm quite sure soon something will happen that gives me more to do with my system.