Short bio: Computer Scientist, FOSS supporter (read more)
Tux Machines (TM)-specific
Linux is growing in popularity for many reasons, and as an operating system it is many things to many people. While we all have our own reasons for liking Linux and open source, here are my top five.
1. It puts you in charge
Between my day job at a software company and my work on TechThrob, I spend a lot of time on the computer, doing technical things. Nothing compares to the power of Linux when it comes to managing technology, whether it be administering severs, writing code, or interfacing with computers in some other way.
Windows intentionally puts a barrier between the user and the underlying machine, whereas Linux completely exposes every aspect of the system: all you have to do is open up a terminal. As someone who works with technology on a daily basis, this is invaluable to me.
2. Software repositories