“It turned out he runs Ubuntu. He’s an amateur photographer, and is proficient with GIMP and darktable.
“Let me ask you something,” he said. “Do you ever install apps from a terminal? I don’t know if it’s just me, but that way seems a lot quicker.”
My how times have changed. Everyday people are running Linux in the rural South.”
See Back Yard LinuxI don’t know much about Southern USA, but in Canada I taught in many remote schools in the North and over a decade or so, it became unsurprising to find one or more students in my classes who had experienced desktop GNU/Linux. They may not have known much about it but they weren’t put off by it. It just worked for them. Usually, they had been in a big city school somewhere and brought the knowledge back with them. That familiarity helped ease student populations to accept GNU/Linux.
A desktop OS is a tool to many people. Pick it up and use it. It just works. It worked for me and my students the first time I tried it so many years ago and it’s still working today, managing my hardware my way. I recommend Debian GNU/Linux. Try it. You’ll like it.