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Life's too short for Linux, or ...Not

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Life's too short for Linux, or so David Fearon thought until he needed an OS in a rush.

And so I'm falling a little bit in love with Linux. This is very much a grounded affair and I wouldn't describe myself as giddy with it, but I've changed my opinions about that whole murky side of computing life.

A lot of people ask me about my opinion of that operating system with the penguin logo. It happens with such regularity that I've come up with a stock phrase I immediately fire back: life's too short for Linux. This is a bit flippant, but it's also a distillation of what I've believed, which is that Linux is great and everything, but only if: (a) you have too much time on your hands; (Cool you just like tinkering with computers; or (c) you somehow define yourself by an ideological allegiance to a piece of software. If you actually want to get anything done, fire up Windows and get on with it.

Linux, as you probably know, is essentially a version of Unix; they share the same commands and programs, the same X-based client/server windowing system and, most important of all, the same philosophy. This last part is what passes most people by, including myself until recently. Unix/Linux really is as much a philosophy as it is a set of programs forming an operating system. This philosophy basically boils down to the traditional engineering principle of keeping things simple wherever possible.

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