GNU/Linux Is For Everyone

Swapnil Bhartiya wrote, “Linux is not for everyone, just the way not everyone likes roses; some like lilies.”

see This article will help you in deciding whether you can use Linux or not.

I disagree. GNU/Linux and Android/Linux are for everyone. Liking roses does not prevent me from growing lilies and enjoying that. Many millions of users from every walk of life attest to that. Contrary to Swapnil’s assertions, there are professional video and image editors that use GNU/Linux. Heck, I use Google Drive…
Screenshot_from_Google_Drive Google does not yet have a client application for GNU/Linux but others do. I don’t really need automatic synchronization of files on Drive with my local network. I still can use drive.google.com just fine with my browser. I installed grive and tested it for synchronizing a directory and it worked well allowing creation and deletion of shared files from both ends.

So, the key “negatives” he cites are illusions. There are particular packages of software that are not available for */Linux but these do not in any way limit your usage of your hardware. Those other operating systems do intentionally limit your usage of your hardware but */Linux does not. It’s Free Software. You are explicitly allowed to run, examine, modify and distribute the software according to its accompanying software. There is no keeper of the gate preventing you from doing anything with it. M$ wants to limit how many devices you can connect to their software and they want total control of your hardware. Apple wants to prevent you from running their software on any hardware you own except Apple’s hardware. That prevents anyone who does not own hardware bought from Apple from running most of it, even in a virtual machine.

So, if you want to use computers for your purposes, */Linux is for you. Hundreds of millions of users attest to that. It’s those other operating systems that are limited by design. What was Swapnil thinking? His article may have been relevant a decade ago but no longer. Since then many OEMs and retailers began delivering */Linux to ordinary consumers and professionals of all kinds and developers of every kind of software write for GNU/Linux and Android/Linux. Millions of applications attest to that. Literally, anything is possible with */Linux. The diversity of users and the licences make that happen.

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to GNU/Linux Is For Everyone

  1. oiaohm says:

    bw every year the tech gets better on the mind reading side.

    http://www.psychologyinaction.org/2010/09/14/mind-reading-lie-detection-and-telekinesis-with-fmri-and-eeg-science-fact-and-fiction/ Still not a major threat there. Yes or No questions are about the limit of current day tech.

    The bigger worry is http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/105884.php
    EMF effects on body functions.

    So bw the old tin foil hat joke may not be a joke. Some areas it might be a very sane idea to be wearing one so the back ground EMF does not shorten your life. Heck a complete suit might be a good idea in some areas. We don’t have full understanding of EMF on humans.

    Also protecting your head is not the only mind altering thing windows is doing. http://www.news.harvard.edu/gazette/2006/02.09/01-blue.html Yes heavy use of blue in default themes can lead to sleep derivation. Of course this is worse for some people than others.

    bw sorry there are many risks. Some of the reason that you are a bumbling idiot at times might be cause you are using Windows all the time with the default theme and ending up sleep deprived.

    Look closer at Linux very few default themes contain blue in any volume.

  2. bw says:

    You guys are making it all too complicated. All you need is a square meter of aluminum foil that you can fold into a tri-corner, pyramidal had. If you just keep it on your head, not even Microsoft will be able to read your thoughts and you will be safe. If you don’t know how to fold it properly, just play around with it. DO NOT Google for the answers, else they will then know that you know and the consequences may be tragic!

  3. dougman says:

    Some people just don’t get it, anything you do on the web is recorded, anytime you make a phone call, etc same deal.

    See this:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RMwQSybOp9M

  4. JD says:

    Hi Mr. Pogson,

    As much as I enjoy reading your blog, I think you should cut your ties with Google. True, their software and services are some of the best out there, but why would you willingly give all your data to the NSA?

    I still love my Android phone, but other than that, I have pretty much cut all my ties with google. Any apps I had on their app engine now run on a tiny debian box.

    For email, I run the FOSS version of Zimbra on a private server running Ubuntu and use the K9 mail app on my phone. It also lets me store my Contacts and Calendars, and sync them to my phone.

    As for file sync, it has the Briefcase feature which lets me mount it as a DAV folder in Nemo. There are apps which sync this information with my Android phone. It also has a Tasks app. I’m not saying these will work for you as well, but that there are almost equally good FOSS alternatives to google drive and their other services out there.

    The only other tie I have with google is a few google app domains I maintain, which are strictly used for administering ChromeBooks. I think Google has a great product here, and should they add in a few more features (access to the FileManager API and the ability to use your own cloud provider other than gdrive for one), they could easily replace MS in at least 70% of enterprise deployments worldwide.

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