I grew up on Windows. I never questioned it. It was just THERE. I am not a technical person, and I don’t really care about what operating system is driving my computer. Or so I thought.
But: I don’t like the idea of being vulnerable. I like the idea of being in control, even if I never use this control.
It is much easier to hand over control voluntarily, than to never having any control to give up.
And I like choice. For a long time, I thought that switching from Windows to Linux would mean that I had to relinquish some things. But that is not true. OK, I will not be able to use Excel in the future; and I am not sure if I can do what I do for a living (managing non-profit organisations) without Excel. But I am not doing that right now, so I don’t need Excel. What else would I relinquish? Viruses? Yes! Patch Days? Yes! One size fits it all? Yes!
But, on the other hand, what do I gain! A great concept of security. The ability to change what I want to change (even so, mind you, I will hardly ever use that ability. But having the choice is all that I want). And, most importantly – I will continue to use my computer as I want to use it. Just without the hassle. And without paying for a product that I don’t really care about.
Disclaimer: I am not an ideologist. I just signed up for Google Apps again, because I love Google Apps. I installed Linux Mint, even so it comes with tons of proprietary codecs and drivers. I will, without hesitation, use Wine if ever I feel the need for any Windows software. I think bottom line of this post is that switching from Windows to Linux is not a huge undertaking, not a statement. It is easy, fun, reasonable and it takes my own slogan (Default:Open) to the next level.