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What Linux Taught Me About Productivity

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I’ve spent the past two years interviewing people about their desktop Linux setups, asking them about the Linux distributions they chose, the desktop environments they use, and the software upon which they rely. Over the past 73 interviews, a number of common lessons have emerged. Most of these apply to anyone who relies on a computer to do their work, Linux user or not. Here are a few of the lessons I’ve learned from these interviews:

1. Consider your workflow

Non-Linux users are often surprised by the amount of customization that’s possible within Linux desktops. Some of this has to do with the distribution someone is using, but some of it has to do with the concept of desktop and window managers which control the look and feel of the desktop.

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