I still remember the first time I installed Linux on my computer. I was just back from a family vacation in Cox’s Bazaar, the world’s longest sea-beach, and my neighbor handed me the package that had arrived while we were away. I didn’t bother changing my dress or getting refreshed as soon as I noticed the big Canonical logo on the package. It was Ubuntu. It arrived!
It was back in 2009. Now it’s 2012. A lot of improvements have been made to the wide array of Linux-based operating systems. Because I feel Canonical and Ubuntu developers are more like experimenting with new features, and that we have terrible Internet speed over here, I decided to give Linux Mint a go. Since then, I’ve been a Linux Mint user.
The benefits are simple. Because Linux Mint is a community-driven and developed operating system, it comes with many applications and most importantly codec files that allow mp3 and other video files to run as soon as the installation is finished. I didn’t have to download a big chunk of data after each reinstallation. I didn’t miss Ubuntu or Debian’s stability because Linux Mint itself is developed on top of Ubuntu (that’s the beauty of Linux distributions and them being open source. Everyone can mess and play around with anything.)
So, Why is it Bad, suddenly?
Well, to cool down the other Linux enthusiasts like me out there, I have to say why I said it was bad.
Due to my work and other necessities, I’ve been using Windows for a long time now. (The oDesk Team application doesn’t send logged hours to oDesk from Linux Mint. Anyone tried yet?) The fact that my Internet modem acts weird on Linux has more contributions to me using Windows instead. But this afternoon, I decided to log in to Linux Mint and check out how things are doing there. The Internet connection is still slow due to modem issues, and I’ve already become nostalgic.
Yeah, I’d say so. This operating system isn’t fancy. There aren’t many cool graphics. In fact, from the look of it, it’s rather “nerdy.” I still can’t figure out exactly why I start missing it every time I log out of it and go to Windows. There are some software that only work on Windows. Software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe After Effects, Sony Vegas Pro, etc. I’m thinking of learning professional video production and special effects/motion graphics. You know nothing can beat After Effects when it comes to motion graphics.
Right now I’m on Linux, and I already feel “why After Effect isn’t available for Linux?” 😦
See? That thing is bad about Linux. It’s so addictive. It gets to your nerve. At least, it gets to mine. The moment I log out and log back in to Windows, there are all the software I need and will probably need. Even the browsers are the same. All of my works are done right under the wings of a browser so there’s not much thing that I do on Linux while on Windows, I can play games, be creative with Adobe’s and do a lot more. But I still miss Linux. And I go back from time to time.
Perhaps because it’s fast and simple and it just works?