Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Why I use Linux.

Today while trawling around on the opensuse mailing list I found this gem of a quote from one of the user's answers that summarize really well why I love and continue to use Linux and why any other thing would feel wrong ....

I use openSUSE and Linux because it allows me to use my computers the
way I want. I have some almost new hardware and some really old
stuff. I'm typing this on a Thinkpad laptop with a P3/1Ghz and 256mB
RAM while I have 4 ssh sessions into my server running 2 movie
re-encodes and doing file maintenance in the other 2. I've got 2
directories on my server mounted on this and 1 directory on this
laptop mounted on the server to copy files with. If I was using MacOS
or Windows I'd barely be able to do anything.

""" - Larry Stotler

Thank you Larry for converting my thoughts into such simple but expressive words.

There have been mixed reviews for OpenSuSE 11.1, some lauding it while others panning it for a disaster almost as bad as the 10.1 release mostly surrounding KDE-4 desktop choice. The desktop environment is so much a part of a distro nowadays that normal users do not usually make the distinction between what is the distro and what is the desktop environment. For them, KDE or OpenSuSE they are both the same. For me I applaud the OpenSuSE team for taking a brave new step ahead! KDE-4 has it's faults no doubt but as usual I put my total trust in the OpenSource community to mold into something better than the current 3.5.x. I will still look forward to keeping OpenSuSE as my main working distro.

Finally to all the readers of this blog. Merry belated Christmas and a Happy Profitable new year ahead!


Bob said...

And I would say "Dude, upgrade. Puh-lease".

I like Linux and all but please.

Anonymous said...

I have openSUSE 11.2 Alpha0 x86_64 on 5 boxes running KDE4 and 1 x86 box soon to be upgraded from 11.1. I also concur with Larry's post which I take not to mean only openSUSE, but Linux in general as I also run a number of other distros in VirtualBox and would be happy to use any distro on any platform. Speaking as one who has installed Linux on mainframes and SPARC

Dave said...

This is quite misleading. You're offloading all the process to a beefier machine. All you have is two SAMBA drives and 4 ssh terminals... This would run fine on an ancient windows or ancient mac machine.

Anonymous said...

While I don't use OpenSuse*, I agree 100% with the sentiments expressed- the reason I moved (in 2000) to Linux was that I simply could not do what I wanted with Windows (actually, I could, but it would be thousands of dollars).
Using an OS that was built from the atrt to be a secure, networked, multiuser OS just makes sense to me.

* Right now I'm using Kubuntu 8.04 64 bit, though I have some issues with it- I am partial to Debian based distributions.

Anonymous said...

I am running KDE 4.2 Beta (Kubuntu) It's fantastic; try it..... 10x better than 4.1

ToasterMonkey said...

You wouldn't be able to do WHAT on OS X?

Kolby said...

why wouldn't putty work for ssh on your hardware?

Anonymous said...

The bit about not being able to run several ssh sessions on a P3 notebook isn't his hardware; it's someone else's he's quoting.

The quote is maybe a better example of using networking under Linux to keep older hardware going by using a remote computer for more intense tasks.

Mikko Tuomitalo said...

"The desktop environment is so much a part of a distro nowadays that normal users do not usually make the distinction between what is the distro and what is the desktop environment."

On these days, normal user does mistake:

1. The Operating System -> Distribution.
2. The Operating System -> Software System
3. Desktop Environment -> Operating System.

And normal user does not know what application is part of what software and what belongs to where.

This is very sad because normal users gets only information from the marketing what lies and gives them misbelieves.

Thats why I do use Linux operating system and from it's distributions I like to use Arch Linux because it gives _me_ the power of building the complete software system as I want, without need to recompile the Operating System, Linux, anymore with some tips from, just so that I get system what _I_ want.

It is just sad that biggest problem for avarage users to adapt Linux OS, is the amount of Linux distributions, the amount of choises.
You just do not choose Linux OS, but you need to choose the distributor who gives you a whole software system. When you have done that, you need to choose Desktop Environment. When you have done that, you need to choose your applications. When you have done that, you need to choose configurations. When you have done that, you need to choose wallpapers, themes, icons etc. And finally when you have choosed everything, you get what you want and you are happy with it. If something goes wrong, you can just blaim yourself!

Why I choose Linux OS? Because I can recompile it with wanted modules to anykind computer I can find. I can get GNU development tools for it to build wanted software. I can get needed software platforms for it like Qt or Java and do applications with those technologies. I can mix all configurations on the whole system as I want. I can do the stuff what is important for me, not by somekind geek or usability expert somewhere who do not care about reality but just the theoretical reality.

Windows is like cloths were buyed from Wall-Mart. Mac OS X is like all was buyed from trend-store. While Linux is like you can go to Wall-mart, Trend-store or you can go to second hand or even to cotton-store to buy all what you need so you can get cloths better than any other store, if you just have skills.

lowks said...

Mikko Tuomitalo:

Yeah you hit the nail on the head with that one and Arch Linux is still a favorite I hope to able to go back to one day.

Anders Lund said...

I like the comment from Mikko Tuomitalo:
"If something goes wrong, you can just blaim yourself!"

And that is where I see the biggest problem with Linux adoption is. At least with Microsoft, everyone can blaim them but Linux... nooo... it's your own fault!.

I have tried switching to Linux several times. One time I used OpenSUSE for about a month before I had to switch back to Windows, to allow me to do the things I wanted to. But hey ... it was my own fault: The embedded video on webpages, the codecs for different media types, the unstable WLAN connection and all that. My own fault.

I used an IBM T43 with plenty of driversupport. I know about the problems Linux developers have with close-souce drivers and hardware specs not released by the manufactor and cloesed-license media formats, but this is a big turnoff for people. Oh I forgot ... it's your own fault.