To Linux, Or Not To Linux?

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A guy going by the name Neon Frank wrote this in response to a recent article about Linux Mint, the OS that is currently running on the computer I’m using to type this post:

All of you Linux guys…

At one end are the Apple fanbois who pay (much) more to get less and at the antipodal end are you guys, Linux fanbois, who pay nothing to get (much) less. Its a beauty to behold the natural balance in the universe.

Guys, I’m a graphic designer and the software I use every day doesn’t work with Linux no matter how slick it looks. It would be really nice if it did, but it doesn’t. So what’s with the SUV analogy? I’m not a cheap misery bastard who can’t drop what amounts to a pittance on a OS which, OMG, has software which runs on it such as Win7. LOL!

But hey, I’m really impressed that you guys can tweak a buggy printer driver, or have a job for 6 years using nothing but Linux (documents and emails huh?). I’m sure back in the day of DOS your config.sys allocated every single byte of 640k of memory and took hours to write…wait…I’ll bet some of you are still using it too! haha


I’ve been a Linux user and advocate for 13 years. Red Hat 7 was my first distro. I stumbled onto it while working toward a CCNA cert. Back in those days, it was definitely a hobbyist thing. To install it, you had to know exactly which video card, motherboard, cpu, etc. you had and then research to find which driver you would have to enter into the installer command line to get the OS to work….

I use windows for two things, quickbooks for my business, and audio recording. Linux does have some great audio recording software out there, and I would love to use it. But my audio interface is very windows centric and doesn’t play nice with Linux, at least at the moment (the guys at the open source community ffado are back engineering a linux driver for the device).

Neon Frank does have a valid point, that there are certain things you simply can not do with linux, especially if you are tied to a specific piece of hardware or software whose vendor does not share drivers with the open source segment of the market place. If that is the case, you are using either of the main platforms of Windows or OS#.

Linux has come a long LONG way. Now installing is as easy as anything else. I use it for my everyday activities. And this is where NF is in error. Linux is as stable as anything out there. For everyday use, it’s absolutely rock solid… I’m on Linux Mint Debian Edition as I type this in fact. The only time I ever have a problem is when I try and get creating and tweak the system in ways that neither of the two mainstream competitors even allow, as they are closed source. For everyday use, I MUCH PREFER using Linux, as there is much less a concern for trojans and viruses, and again it’s as stable as the other two systems.

BTW. Even though I’m a Linux advocate, I have nothing but kind words for the other OS’s. Apple does UI’s like no other, and windows certainly made the computer very easy to use. Lets face it, without the push of Windows in the last two and 1/2 decades, the advent of the personal computer being a common appliance and vital part of our everyday lives would probably be at least a decade behind what we are used to now.

2 Comments to “To Linux, Or Not To Linux?”

  1. By Jeff Alberts, February 5, 2013 @ 5:49 am

    I’ve never really used Linux. I do lease a web server running CentOS, but I only do some occasional command-line stuff when needed.

    I was raised on Windows, and sure, I’ve been frustrated with it at times. But when the Apple guys say their UI is “better” or “more intuitive”, that seems pretty subjective to me. I’ve had occasion to sit down at some Apple machines over the last 24 years of my computer careers, and can’t say they’re very intuitive at all. It’s what you’re raised with that will be intuitive for you. I need the right mouse button, and the context right-click menus. They’re the slickest thing Windows has ever done, really. No need to go fishing around for another menu somewhere, just right-click and there you are.

    The main thing that’s kept me away from Linux is the lack of hardware and software support. Granted I’ve never actually installed Linux, but every time I think about it, I say, “I don’t have time to figure out a bunch of drivers and such all over again, for probably not much benefit.”

    And, like Neon Frank, I use a suite of CG rendering packages that I wouldn’t even want to attempt to run on Linux.

  2. By Sonicfrog, February 7, 2013 @ 12:01 am

    The Apple UI isn’t “better” per-se… It is prettier… Slicker, if you will.

    I have one machine that is dedicated to audio editing exclusively. For reasons I stated above, that machine only runs windows 7. I also have avoided as much as possible installing anything on there that is not related to audio or video editing / recording. The CG program you use works fine in windows. There are some world class CG tools on the Linux platform. That said, if you’re happy with what you’re using, and considering there would be a learning curve that would affect you r productivity, unless you either desire to experiment with it using a Linux OS, or you find something that is equivalent in the Linux world that you want to switch to, there is no reason to change.

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