We tell people we use Linux because it’s secure. Or because it’s free, because it’s customizable, because it’s free (the other meaning), because it has excellent community support. But all of that is just marketing crap. We tell that to non-Linuxers because they wouldn’t understand the real reason. And when we say those false reasons enough, we might even start to believe them ourselves.
But deep underneath, the real reason remains.
We use Linux because it’s fun!
It’s fun to tinker with your system. It’s fun to change all the settings, break the system, then have to go to recovery mode to repair it. It’s fun to have over a hundred distros to choose from. It’s fun to use the command line.Let me say that again.
It’s fun to use the command line.
No wonder non-Linuxers wouldn’t understand.
The point with us Linux fans is – we use Linux for its own sake. Sure, we like to get work done. Sure, we like to be secure from viruses. Sure, we like to save money. But those are only the side-effects. What we really like is playing with the system, poking around, and discovering completely pointless yet fascinating facts about the OS.
And that’s the reason we use Linux because
Linux is Fun
I’m doing a (free) operating system (just a hobby, won’t be big and professional like gnu) for 386(486) AT clones. This has been brewing since april, and is starting to get ready.
Linus Torvalds, 25 August 1991 on comp.os.minix (original message)
The first version of Linux Kernel Was released on September 17 1991 and uploaded to an FTP server by Linus Torvalds in Helsinki. That early iteration consisted of a mere 10,239 lines of code.
Fast-forward to the present day, where the Linux kernel 2.6.35 contains more than 13.5 million lines of code, and controls gadgets, devices and instruments you might never have expected.
One of the main reasons I use Linux is availability of Software Repositories. Having all the software you need in one place saves you having to trawl the web to find the program you’re missing. It also means the software has been independently checked and digitally signed by the distro’s developers, making it almost impossible to pick up a root-kitted version.
But Unfortunately Fedora‘s package manager Package-kit was not that much user friendly or efficient as the package managers available in Ubuntu or Linux Mint. I found it very difficult to find the software required especially proprietary ones like the multimedia codecs etc. Then I found a nice little tool called autoten.
Autoten is a nifty application which makes installing proprietary codecs & other proprietary stuff a piece of cake on your Fedora system. It does the same things which Easy Life does in a way which is similar to Easy Life. Autoten should ideally be run after your first install so that your system is ready for multimedia playback including mp3, mp4, mkv etc. Autoten is available for 32bit & 64 bit Fedora and Omega Linux.
Once installed it will provide you with whole bunch of options to choose from. In Fedora 14 you will get a screen shot like this.
As you can see there are lot of software to choose from. By using the same tool one can uninstall the softwares installed using autoten.
To install auto ten just type follow these steps:
- Type su in the terminal and press enter. It will ask for the root password. Provide the root password.
rpm -Uvh http://dnmouse.org/autoten-5.2-2.fc14.noarch.rpm.
Enter the above command and the rest will be taken care by the Operating system itself. After installing Autoten icon can be found on the desktop or alternatively you can find it in System Tools —–> Autoten.