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The Tao of Linux

Updated on October 15, 2009

Beryl WM

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.

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    • Portamenteff profile image

      Portamenteff 8 years ago from Western Colorado, USA

      Yes, Apple rules the sound recording world. I know established professionals who won't use any other machine. Thanks for the correction, and compliment.

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      Hmrjmr1 8 years ago from Georgia, USA

      Great Hub good info, One correction though is that you can use Pro tools on an Apple -Mac which is my preferred recording computer. I do like Logic better than Pro tools but the M Box is one of the best small interfaces and Pro tools is included. One V the Other could be a whole 'nother Hub though. Keep up the Good Work!!