posted on Dec, 4 2012 @ 11:54 AM
reply to post by ProfessorChaos
$ uname -ra
Linux slamduxx3-debian 2.6.32-5-amd64 #1 SMP Sun Sep 23 10:07:46 UTC 2012 x86_64 GNU/Linux
I've been all-FOSS (Free Open Source Software) all the time, even longer than I've been reading these forums. More than ten years. Being rootkitted
using OS 10.3, and having my Thinkpad running Windows 2000 turned into a spambot, resulting in a ruined hard drive, convinced me to consolidate all my
computers under one kernel -- the Linux kernel -- in 2004 or so. I haven't phoned tech support or even posted to a user forum for tech issues on my
personal computers since then, either. And I still do whatever I want -- create graphics, desktop publish, manipulate sound and video files, and so on
-- without ever paying a cent for software, or for that matter, without every downloading questionable "freeware" or "shareware".
Linux and BSD OS's aren't 100% secure but the "free" software is better and safer, and 100% legal, by comparison to what I ended up with using
Windows and Mac OS once upon a time. The only downside is, I've had to wean myself from eye-candy, and learn to use the command line...A LOT. Boo
hoo. The command line won't ever go away, in fact it is liberating. I feel sorry for all the ragged tendons, made ragged by dragging the mouse and
cursor this way and that, searching endless menus, when in reality, writing your own config files, and shell scripts, is the easiest and most
efficient way to take control of your computing experience.
Only thing I really miss is Visual Basic...I know, I'm ashamed to say it. But for my spreadsheet and word processing needs -- and those can be huge
-- VB macros were the best. Even wrote a pseudo-random I Ching VB macro, with the yarrow-stalk method. Couldn't do that with OpenOffice, that's for
sure, unless I learned Java and/or C++ and/or Python...