In late 2012 I decided to make the jump to free software and began using Linux as my primary operating system. I did it mostly for political reasons, wanting to tend a little patch beyond the reach of Microsoft's cold corporate shadow. At the time, I was sure the user experience would be so unsatisfying that my resolve would shrivel and I would run back to Windows with my tail between my legs.
It has been a truly delightful voyage. I have learned an incredible amount about how software, hardware, programming, networking, servers, email, filesystems (and more) work, and I have quicky come to realize how totally wrong I was about Linux. It is stable, easy to use, and really good-looking. These days, when I find myself in a Windows environment for some reason, I am bemused: at how unpolished and clunky it looks, at how leaden its user experience is. And I laugh at myself for thinking I couldn't live without it.
Linux is a wide world of choices, and every user runs a different setup. Here's mine:
- Distro: Crunchbang Linux 11 "Waldorf"
- Window Manager: Awesome 3.4.13-1 (Fallback: Openbox 3.5.0)
- Terminal: Xfce4-terminal 0.4.8
- Text Editor: Vim 7.3
- Office Suite: LibreOffice 4.2
- E-mail Client: Mutt 1.5.21 (Fallback: Icedove 24.7.0)
- Browser: Chromium 35 (Fallback: Luakit 2012.03.25)
- File Manager: Thunar 1.2.3
- Audio-Video: VLC 2.0.3
- Image Manipulation: Gimp 2.8.2
- PDF Reader: Evince 3.4.0
- IRC Client: Irssi 0.8.15
- Feed Reader: Newsbeuter 2.5
- Torrents: rTorrent 1.9.0
- System Info: Conky 1.9.0
- System Monitor: Htop 1.0.1