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Why Do You Use Linux?

LegacyUserLegacyUser Posts: 0
edited November 2012 in Small Talk

I'm curious about the feelings of the Linux.com community on this one. I've been to a few Linux sites, and their reasons range from I Hate Microsoft (or to a far lower extension, Apple), to I Love Unix. I personally use Linux for two reasons:

1) MOST IMPORTANTLY: I use Linux to aid and support Open Source software. (However, I am in no way a Free Software advocate. I think that the FSS movement is fundamentally flawed. But, that's my own opinion; it doesn't make it fact.) Along the same lines, I also like the ability to customize my OS to my liking, and not be locked out of it. No other OS gives me that ability. (Save BSD and some really "out there" OS's)

2) I think that Linux is the best mix between rock solid stability (though BSD does it better) and a thriving market of cutting edge apps. (Though Microsoft and Apple do it WAY better). Going hand in hand with point 2, I also think that Linux just makes more sense in the way it is structured than any other OS. But, again, that's just me.

Now, I'm not a stereotypical Linux user. I don't hate Microsoft or Apple (though I like Apple far less than Microsoft, which was already pretty low in my opinion, due to the ugly court battles Apple decided to pick on; and a few other reasons.) And I don't think that Linux is the only OS we will ever need, it just works for me and what I would like to support. So, how about you, why do you use Linux?

There's one thing that I need to mention: This is NOT a flame war battleground. The sentence "my OS is best because..." would completely miss the whole point of the topic. This is purely a litmus test for the condition of the Linux community.


  • mfillpotmfillpot Posts: 2,180
    I use linux and Free software because I am a control freak, if something bugs out or does not work I really like being able to dive through all layers down to the source code to find the cause and hopefully submit or implement a fix. I use windows for my professional needs and am driven crazy by random bugs, a lack of fixes and no end-user solution to the problems I find, coming home to linux based system and Free software is one of the highlights of my day.

    In my experiences there are far less bugs in Free software and the stability definitely is better than the competition.

    I love much of the software that is available however I welcome commercial software to the ecosystem to add additional choice and leverage the brand recognition. When considering game's the FOSS games have good concepts, but I miss the well written stories in commercial games.
  • When I was in college, I started to learn 'C'. I used 'Turbo C' in Windows all the time.
    After the college,through embedded field, I came to know about Linux. The history of Linux, totally made me crazy.Then, I started to use Linux for the 'c' programming.
    I just stunned with the control/configure options of Linux, not just desktop backgrounds/workspaces/desktop effects, to control the OS itself tooooo.
    I am in Embedded field and got chance to use different embeddeed OS. But, with Linux, I am happy.
    Well, to answer your question,
    1. to get a job
    2. then, in the Job
    I started to use Linux. But, after start to use SLackware distribution, I slowly migrated/learnt my personal/daily work get done in Linux based distribution.I must say thanks to mfillpot for his greatest help. And now,
    3. for fun
    I use Linux.
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