Dang! Facebook doesn’t have a setting where I can share with the world that my preferred operating system has changed from Windows to Linux.
I was introduced to MS-DOS 3.1 in 1988 in my High School computer class. In 1991 I was introduced to Windows 3.0, and since then I used Windows as part of my everyday life. It’s been a long relationship that has always been soured by the way changes were made. Microsoft did not change windows to improve my experience, in many ways Windows did evolve to be a better operating system, but was always closed, and we did not have a choice about adopting their new standards.
Fortunately, I can say that I’m free of that tyranny. I’m thankful for Windows version 7. I keep my copy in a Virtual Machine on my Laptop for those couple of applications that are not able to run outside of it.
Enough about bad relationships though, lets talk about what is new. Thanks to a work colleague, I found a Linux Distro that operates as Desktop manager well enough that I hardly notice the transition. I recognize that what I need in an operating system is different than most, but I am hopeful that Linux is maturing at such a rapid rate that we will find it filling that niche more and more often.
2017 is the year I switched to Antergos Linux, a version of Arch Linux. It’s a rolling release operating system, that means it always stays current and that I won’t need to reinstall or do a major upgrade every year. I chose to use the Cinnamon Desktop manager, as it has keyboard shortcuts that I like, and that the overall feel is like a really well optimized version of Windows 7. My other computer has Windows 7 on it still and it’s days are numbered, as I feel relationship crumble between us.
I have admired Linux for a long time now, since about 2001, I have used it as server operating system since 2010, blowing my mind about what a server should be, and how it should function. I have tried to install and use Linux as a desktop on other computers, but I couldn’t quite get the hang of it, and didn’t feel I could trust it to perform at a level that I could trust to be my daily driver.
Thank you to all the people who have contributed in some way to Linux, Arch Linux, and the Antergos Distro. Your commitment to building a better operating system is very admirable, and I believe you will win over many others as the march towards open and truly free operating systems continue.
Check it out… About Antergos Linux