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Thursday, September 17, 2009
Why have you switched to GNU/Linux?
There are many reasons to switch to GNU/Linux. When I started out with computers Microsoft Windows already came pre-installed. I was not aware that another platform was possible. I used Windows but later on I started questioning it. A lot of the applications that came with Windows were a 30 day trial that expired or required me to purchase a full version just to use something that I though was basic. Also, I couldn't use certain files that I wanted to. I searched for alternatives and I installed Openoffice.org, VLC media player, GIMP later on Firefox and additional free and open source software. I was amazed how good these applications were. I questioned how come these applications didn't come pre-installed on my desktop? Why does Microsoft Windows bombard you with all these things you don't want or need? It seems like Microsoft was using their monopoly to push you into a certain product or direction. I was happy with my new software and learned about open source. I wanted other people to know about these alternatives and that they are available to them. However, even though I replaced a lot of the software to free and open source the platform I was still using was Microsoft Windows. I started to search for an alternative. I looked into Mac's but they were not for me. Then, I stumbled upon GNU/Linux and thought the idea of an open source operating system was amazing. I tried out several distributions and was impressed. It took me a while to understand how things work but then I liked the fact that I learned so much about computers. For the last seven years I have been using Linux and am very happy with it. I like the freedom it gives me and that I can modify almost anything on it. I am free from Microsoft Windows and I get to choose which software I want to install on my computer.
I would like this article to be more interactive and hear your opinion as to why you have switched to GNU/Linux. Did you do it for politics, cost, freedom, open source or other? How did you come to learn about Linux and what is your impression of it? Would you recommend it to other people? Let us know in the comments section below.