The Tao of Linux
The Challenges, and Triumphs of a Linux User
It's just so hard, but I do it anyway. I'm a Linux user in a Windows world. (Windows, Life without firewalls!)
I can believe in the use of whatever tools you need to get the job done, albeit building a web page, creating office documents, communicating via email, or just surfing the web. At the same time, doing it all with free software is harder considering that most content is created for proprietary software. I suppose I should just give up and surrender my belief in free software. Just when I think of doing that, a really cool new app. comes out, or a better version of an old one. How do you give up on that? I'm still trying to figure that out.
I'll give an example of the problems I'm having. I am a proffessional musician and modest sound engineer. I use Ardour, and other free programs for recording and editing sound. I get a file froma friend who only uses Windows and therefore can't send me an Ardour sound project. He sends me Acid Pro and Protools projects. I try to explain to him that I don't use those. They are expensive, buggy, and require Windows which is expensive and buggy. I got no problem with people who use these things except for the fact that they don't understand the systems and programs that I use. The music world is full of non-believers of the Gnu gods. They've never read "The Linux Bible: The Gnu Testament." (Purcell & Robinson, 1996)
I haven't either I must confess, but I like the pun. You do see my point though right? Even non-believers can see the dilemma.
reference: Purcell, J. , & Robinson, A. (1996). The Linux bible: The gnu testament. Yggdrasil Computing.