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Why use Linux?

Posted 02-15-2014 at 03:33 AM by exton

I found something memorable about Linux on the Internet. I reproduce it here. The author is unknown to me.

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We tell people we use Linux because it's secure. Or because it's free, because it's customizable, because it's free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support...

But all that is just marketing bullshit. We tell that to non-Linuxers because the wouldn't understand the real reason. And when we say those false reasons enough, we might even start to believe them ourselves.

But deep underneth, the real reson remains.

We use Linux because it's fun.

It's fun to tinker with your system. It's fun to change all the settings, break the system, then have to go to recovery mode to repair it. It's fun to have over a hundred distros to choose from. It's fun to use the command line.

Let me say that again. It's fun to use the command line.

No wonder non-Linuxers wouldn't understand.

The point with Linux fans is we use Linux for its own sake. Sure, we like to get work done. Sure, we like to be secure from viruses. Sure, we like to save money. But those are only the side effects. What we really like is playing with the system, poking around, and discovering fascinating facts about the software that lies underneath it.

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    You got that right in one!!!!! Except for the part about having to go to recovery mode. That stinks, but it's the price for too much fun.
    Posted 02-17-2014 at 10:33 AM by vmccord vmccord is offline
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    The ability to play with my system is what I enjoy most. I am not an advanced user, I do not get into server stuff as I do not have to, I don't use it for work. Linux to me is easy to use, I can change it to get done what I need to, how I need to. I'm not being forced to do things a specific way. I can always change that again.

    I can play with it. I can make it mine.

    It's also usually easy to fix if I break it. No digging out a limited rescue utility offered by company X to pretty much have to reinstall everything.
    Posted 02-17-2014 at 11:29 AM by goumba goumba is offline
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    I use linux first and foremost because IT'S MY COMPUTER
    MY COMPUTER dose not belong to M$ it's MY COMPUTER
    If I want it updated I will update MY COMPUTER
    I got feed up with the M$ attitude that I was a guest on MY COMPUTER the first day
    and because linux is fun
    Posted 02-21-2014 at 01:26 PM by rob.rice rob.rice is offline


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