Let me introduce myself, my name is Matt and I’m a Linux newbie. I’ve been a user since February 2006 and I’ve certainly had my ups and downs with the operating system and it’s applications. For the most part my experiences have been positive and the negatives usually (but not always) boil down to not having enough knowledge to get the job done.
Some of the topics that I plan to bring to this blog will include my personal experiences, helpful resources, tips and tricks, tweaks, how-to’s, joys, gripes and general Linux tidbits that I feel a new user would find helpful. I’m attempting to make the move to Linux almost exclusively. I say almost because my job requires that I maintain a certain level of familiarity with Windows. Now, with that out in the open, I actually prefer Linux desktops and the tweak-ability of Linux and it’s applications. I’ve decided that whenever possible I will use a Linux machine and open source alternatives instead of proprietary products. I prefer the community spirit of F/OSS projects in general and I’ve been very impressed with the level of assistance I’ve received from old and new Linux users alike.
I’m excited about just being a Linux user. For years I’ve heard little bits about the OS, How hard it is to use, how only developers and uber-geeks are the only ones that could possibly understand it. I want to help dispel that reputation and show people that Linux IS a viable alternative to Windows or MAC machines. It’s just a bit of a learning curve and if you have the right mind set, it can be A LOT of fun! Proprietary operating systems aren’t the only game in town!
I should also mention that I’m not an OS basher. I believe that there is a place for Windows and MAC OS in this world and instead of trashing them, developers should be aiming for interoperability (that’s not just open source developers, but the big boys as well). There’s room for everyone here!
Please feel free to send me feedback (matt at linuxworldnet dot com), post comments and let me know what you like or dislike about this blog.
My next blog will be a little about my experience and then we’ll get onto the Linuxy stuff.