I still remember when I first read about Linux. It was an article in the New York times in the Spring of 1999. “A free operating system with low requirements?! Amazing!” were my thoughts.
As a result I gathered some old Pentium 75s and ordered my first distro of Linux. While everything didn’t really work out that well–even a simple GUI needs a little more horsepower than a P75, I was hooked on the idea. [btw, here are some resources for lightweight Linuxes: one, two]
Over the years I’ve enjoyed watching the maturation of Linux, and I feel that for most people Linux is a very viable choice. However, there are three reasons I don’t use Linux (and, trust me, I’ve tried).
- DevonThink – I use this information manager to plan series and archive resources. I like the fact that I can throw everything from documents to movies in it. I wasn’t able to find anything similar on Linux (and, yes, I did look at LinuxAppFinder.com)
- Accordance – I know about the Sword project, but there is no way copyrighted materials (like good commentaries) will ever be free. Also, I know I could run a good Windows Bible program in Linux, but I’d rather keep everything in one OS to keep things simple.
- Keynote – I present one to three times a week and like to use multimedia. As of yet, I haven’t found the OpenOffice suite to be as equipped to handle such multimedia.
I’m open to switching, but just can’t find suitable alternatives for these cornerstone programs. But for regular web/email/word processing, I’d heartily recommend Linux.