have been using and writing about Linux
for roughly six years now, but it wasn't until just recently that I
could appreciate its advantages to their fullest.
for most of the ensuing time I was dual-booting between Ubuntu Linux
and Windows 7, and so—at least on one side of my PC—I was still
subject to all the vulnerabilities and restrictions that afflict
at the end of last month, I finally gave Windows the boot once and
for all on my desktop PC and installed Fuduntu
as my primary operating system. I've felt light as a feather ever
since, and now can't imagine what took me so long.
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you hesitating on a similar move? You shouldn't. Here's how my
What Is This 'Linux' of Which You Speak?
began writing for ECT News Network in early 2007, and soon afterwards
discovered an affinity for the stories published by LinuxInsider,
one of the company's multiple tech publications.
had always had geeky inclinations, but had never used or written
about Linux before.
long afterwards, LinuxInsider invited me to launch the Linux Blog
Safari column, and I became Linux
Windows Who? Oh Right, Still There.
time, the more I wrote about Linux and open
source software, the more intrigued I became. I began to use
examples like OpenOffice, Firefox, Thunderbird and GIMP, and soon I
couldn't resist checking out Linux as well.
never been a fan of big corporations, and was strongly attracted to
the small, community focus of projects like these. I started with
Ubuntu but tried out Mint and Fedora as well.
the time, though, I kept that Windows partition, partly (I'll admit)
out of laziness, but also partly out of a vague feeling that I might
need it again sometime. I use a VPN for some of my writing, for
example, and wasn't sure how that would work on the Linux side.
See Ya, Windows
forward to just a few weeks ago, and I finally realized it was time
to pull the plug. I hadn't actually needed Windows for years by this
time, but had only kept it lingering on my PC out of sheer inertia.
Schmitz and others, I wiped my Windows 7 partition and installed
Fuduntu using the whole drive. It was a liberating feeling.
was effortless; printing took just a few minutes to configure.
however, I had to get connected again with respect to my employers.
Setting up email was easy, and with Chrome I could import all my old
preferences. I had all my old data on a thumb drive.
big, remaining question was getting my Cisco VPN connection up and
running. The employer in question told me it didn't
support Linux desktop clients, so I had a few tense moments
however, I saw that Fuduntu had numerous VPN
Cisco AnyConnect Compatible VPN (openconnect); Cisco compatible VPN
(VPNC); IPsec/IKEv2 (strongswan); OpenVPN; and PPTP.
second on that list worked like a charm. Credentials in hand, I got
it up and running on the first try, and it's been flawless ever
Nicely with Others
of which goes to say, Linux
plays pretty nicely with the business world these days.
have I experienced such a feeling of freedom in my computing
do online banking, even!—and
all because so much work has been done to make Linux compatible with
the (often inferior) proprietary technologies businesses so often
you're considering pulling
your computing plug
in a similar way, I'd encourage you to do it sooner than I did. I
think you'll be pleasantly
by what you find.
Katherine Noyes has been an ardent geek ever since she first conquered Pyramid of Doom on an ancient TRS-80. Today she covers business and tech in all its forms, with an emphasis on Linux and open source software.