We Use Linux Because It’s Fun

Vlad Dolezal from the blog An Amazing Mind has an interesting take on why we use Linux.

 We tell people we use Linux because it’s secure. Or because it’s free, because it’s customizable, because it’s free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support…

But all of that is just marketing bullshit. We tell that to non-Linuxers because they wouldn’t understand the real reason. And when we say those false reasons enough, we might even start to believe them ourselves.

But deep underneath, the real reason remains.

We use Linux because it’s fun!

It’s fun to tinker with your system. It’s fun to change all the settings, break the system, then have to go to recovery mode to repair it. It’s fun to have over a hundred distros to choose from. It’s fun to use the command line.

Let me say that again. It’s fun to use the command line.

No wonder non-Linuxers wouldn’t understand.

The point with us Linux fans is – we use Linux for it’s own sake. Sure, we like to get work done. Sure, we like to be secure from viruses. Sure, we like to save money. But those are only the side-effects. What we really like is playing with the system, poking around, and discovering completely pointless yet fascinating facts about the OS.

He goes on to list three main reasons Linux is so much fun.

I have to agree with Vlad for the most part.  Linux is fun to tinker with.  The customizable nature of Linux really allows you endless possibilities with how things are laid out and configured.  There are a ton of people out there who change their Linux Desktop theme every week just because they are bored.

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