Switching to GNU/Linux

I came upon a negative article about switching to GNU/Linux and how hard it was…
It’s full of things like this: “if you really like how Evernote works, you’re going to be really frustrated and disappointed with Linux’s offerings.”

I visited the site of the company that produces that product and found these features:

  • Keep everything in sync
    With Evernote, all of your notes, web clips, files and images are made available on every device and computer you use.
  • Remember things you like
    Save everything cool and exciting you see online and in the real world. Snap a photo, record some audio and save it.
  • Save favorite webpages
    Save entire webpages to your Evernote account with our nifty web clipper browser extensions. You get the whole page: text, images and links.
  • Research better
    Collect information from anywhere into a single place. From text notes to web pages to files to snapshots, everything is always at your fingertips.
  • Work with friends and colleagues
    Share your notes and collaborate on projects with friends, colleagues and classmates.
  • Plan your next trip
    Keep all of your itineraries, confirmations, scanned travel documents, maps, and plans in Evernote, so you’ll have them when you need them.

Trip planning? I don’t travel any longer, but I used to do it just fine on my GNU/Linux systems. I really don’t get this guy’s point. Because of a few applications that don’t run on GNU/Linux he’s willing to chuck the awesome power of GNU/Linux to do all the functions those applications do? Absurd. That many millions do just fine with GNU/Linux is ample proof the article is out of whack. It sounds like an article designed to bash GNU/Linux rather than exploring possibilities.

All that other stuff? My Beast runs my blog for me, my databases and my search engines. I lack none of that functionality and my performance is probably better because GNU/Linux works for me, not some external business. I use Debian GNU/Linux. Business is good, but if you provide a fluffy service to people who don’t know any better, what’s the difference between you and a parasite? Good businesses provide services they can do better than anyone else by means of great planning, implementation and service to the customer.

Some of the other negatives in TFA are just nonsense. There’s a reason I and millions of others switched to GNU/Linux. We were tired of the crap we had to put up with that other OS.

See How Hard Is It to Switch to Linux?.

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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One Response to Switching to GNU/Linux

  1. Agent_Smith says:

    I found the article BS, plain and simple.
    Switching to GNU/Linux is like switching from a manual gear car to an automatic gear car: It’s different. Now, get over it and live with it. But no, the “journalists” who write those posts want GNU/Linux to act and behave like winblow$ or CrApple. Nonsense.

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