Monday, September 08, 2008

I'm famous!

I'm in the midst of my 15 minutes of fame!

I commented on a blog posting over at Lifehacker on why I switched to Linux and my comment was used in their follow up article!

Here are my golden words!

I had been curious about linux for a while. I'd used it in computer labs in college, and some on servers at work, but never on my own PC. I enjoy tinkering, but never had the time.

The tipping point was during the Christmas holiday last year. My work PC's disk failed and I was able to get it up and running faster with an Ubuntu install (restored my data from an online backup). I kept Windoze installed in a dual boot mode once I got a new disk, but use it less than once a month now, if at all.

Why switch?

1) Almost anything I want to do with Windows, I can do with Linux.
2) It runs better on older hardware. Think green, use your computer longer.
3) It's free. Sure, I have to put more time into it, but it costs less out of pocket.
4) Tons of free software.
5) More functionality built in - you pay for backup software with Windows. With rsync you can backup to anywhere!
6) More stable.
7) Easier to maintain - even when its not your machines. I'm afraid that my kids computers don't get their windows updates.

I guess number 8 is that it appeals to my inner geek. Linux really unlocks the power of your computer and these much more user friendly distros let you just use Linux or really dig into it and USE linux.

Check out the post, check out Lifehacker and hey, check out Ubuntu, too!


Anonymous said...


Will you still talk to me? ;)

Beau said...

Of course I will!

I won't let my fame go to my head.

And, they quoted like 8 other people too, so my famous-ness will decay pretty quickly!

Anonymous said...

Can I have your autograph?

Anonymous said...

Oh and Heather said she wants you to sign her boob with a sharpie...

Beau said...

Helen, of course you may have my autograph.

Now, if Heather hits me when I go for her boob with a sharpie, I'm taking my autograph back!

Mark said...

I've been tempted to try linux for a while, especially after you started singing its praises. The unix running under the hood of my mac is the only thing that's kept me from making the leap. It's like geek methadone. Congrats on the recent fame!