Why I Use Linux
A lot of people seem to be writing these kinds of posts so why not little ol' me? Although the reason I use Linux is not all that exciting or noble!
I first used Linux (Ubuntu specifically) around 2010 / 2011 when I dual booted it on my Windows laptop just to see what it was all about. Seemed cool but the first time I installed it the WiFi didn't work. No big deal, I just continued to use Windows for another six months. After installing the next release of Ubuntu (11.10 maybe?) everything including the WiFi worked so I was off to the (FLOSS) races!
I used Ubuntu releases and enjoyed freshly installing each release every six months until last year when I switched to (the still Ubuntu based) Pop!_OS. This was because of Pop's great support for Nvidia graphics cards. Currently I am running Pop!_OS 20.04 on a Dell XPS 15 9560 laptop and everything works great!
The main reason I still use Linux is that everything works for me and inertia from using it for so long. I'd prefer not to go back to a proprietary OS as well, but if forced to it wouldn't be the end of the world if I'm honest. As far as issues go the only one I can think of is the need to install some extra packages to get videos on the web to work whenever I do a fresh install. There isn't really anything I miss out on due to not using Windows as I don't play games on my laptop. I would kind of like to use the MusicBee program or at least try it out again because I really used to like it on Windows. However Rhythmbox works great as well. With the exception of flaky syncing with Android.
Programs that I use:
- (Doom) Emacs - programming
- Rhythmbox - music library
- LibreOffice Writer - sometimes used for writing
- KeePassXC - password management
- Firefox - web browsing (but would like to switch to Nyxt Browser as that improves)
- Deja Dup - backups
- Glimpse - image editing
- Calibre - converting e-books
- HandBrake - video conversion
So all in all I enjoy my time using Linux. Although I usually use the defaults these days and don't think the effort of installing a tiling window manager and customizing everything would be worth it for me. But hey, the defaults these days are pretty good!
This was my day eleven post for 100 Days To Offload.
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