One year with Linux

1 year with Linux
All the things I learned using debian at home for a year.

About a year ago, I started playing around with linux as my primary operating system. I had played with linux many times, loading it up on old computers or using it in specific instances at work for items like syslog and email filtering. I had a working knowledge, but it seemed like every time I tried to do simple things it was a challenge because it would be months between sessions. I decided that I wanted to play with it more, so I began trying out differnt linux flavors on an old laptop. I explored distros such as ubuntu, lubuntu, fedora, and finally Debian. I settled on Debian as I am not particularly fond of some of the ways Canonical seems to be trying to monetize ubuntu, but at the same time it is closely coupled with ubuntu’s development. Additionally, I thought ubuntu would have been “too easy”, and I wanted to challenge myself with something new and unfamiliar.

Boy was I in for a surprise.

A few highlights of what I learned:

I would encourage you to give it a try. It took me acquiring a “new” dedicated machine for me to commit to this, and I forced myself to use it 95% of the time. I still occasionally need use my other machines (Windows and mac) when I have tasks that “just need to get done”.

Cheers to another great year of learning!