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Living La Vida Linux-- Why?

What is this Linux Lifestyle?

  • July 26, 2010
  • By Matt Hartley
Matt HartleyWhy do some people choose to run Linux as their PC platform of choice while others opt instead for other ways of running their computing experiences?

Is it market share, perceived ease of use, slick marketing overtures, users wanting to use what they already know? This list might explain why people might choose OS X or Windows.

But what approach to computing (and life) prompts a person to use a Linux box on a daily basis? I���ll share my insights based on personal experiences and other observations accumulated over years of living the Linux lifestyle full time.

Software buyer's remorse has gone M.I.A.

I haven't spent my hard-earned income on software in years. I own one single (legal) copy of Windows XP Pro that I use for work purposes (software testing) in VirtualBox.

Does this mean that I choose not to spend money on Linux then? Not at all. I do in fact, donate money to specific Linux-related projects on a regular basis.

The fact that I have managed to free myself from DRM, product keys and purchased OS installation CDs is merely a byproduct of no longer locking myself into a proprietary software hell. Not because I wanted a free ride, mind you, but rather because I grew tired of feeling like a cog...

Read the rest of this Linux story at Datamation.com

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