Why do you use Linux? expanded from Converting text to mp3

Linux for blind general discussion blinux-list at redhat.com
Thu Jan 27 16:04:40 UTC 2022

I'll answer the why question first.

Because it just works, bar a few minor quirks. I don't have to stop what 
I'm doing to update. I can know what is on my system and if something I 
need isn't in a repo, I can find it in, say, the AUR, or Github, or 
Gitlab, or pip.

It's not really a case of why do I use /Linux/, it's more why do I use 
this setup of Linux. Because it works for what I want. Is it 110% 
perfect? No.

But it is, for my use case, a hell of a lot better than Windows thinking 
it knows best, using my bandwidth and making it hard to control what is 
on the system. I don't have to pay through the nose for what I 
personally need, or have people on the Windos side hit me over the head 
with their preferred screenreader of choice. I can use what I want with, 
99% of the time, nobody being extremely preachy, or going 'but but pay 
$900 for this software you absolutely need'

Nah. I can install and after a little bit of setup, be it with an 
installer, or by hand, I can be up and going. I could probably just 
write a little script to install what I want and config what I want on a 
new system.

Also, I've not had that many kernel panics or BSOD equivalents in Linux, 
whereas I regularly had 1-2 BSOD on Windows due to hardware that didn't 
work that well but works flawlessly in Linux. I'll take stability and 
uptime, and not having a preachy, judgemental bunch of people trying to 
pressure me into buying some bit of access software, any day.

Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
> Your mac in the terminal is a flavor of unix so all that is familiar to you in linux is the same.  Macports and homebrew are two of the
> repositories with many of the same choices as in the linux ones. The many mac quality voices are available also.
> On Wed, 26 Jan 2022, Linux for blind general discussion wrote:
>> Hi Karen-and-thanks for an introspective topic. My road to Linux was a slow
>> transition. I had my first PC with DOS6 from 1994-97. Got windows95 so I would
>> have an easier time playing mp3s, which were fairly new at that time. The
>> concept of just being able to mash enter on a highlighted file to play was
>> appealing. But a majority of the time I was stilling going to a DOS prompt to
>> get in to a shell account to read mail in what was then pine. In 2003 once the
>> late Bill Acker helped set me up with DecPC drivers, we tried a duel boot
>> system, including first Redhat9 and later Fedora. Because there were so many
>> anoying issues with those DecTalk drivers, I found myself going back to windows
>> where DecTalk sounded great. Maybe early 2005 got either a newer pc and
>> certainly a USB DecTalk, which I still have. 1 night in 2006 a friend from
>> HighSchool was here, I tried playing him a Weird Al video, but each time
>> Windows Media Player would lockup. I finally just went back in Linux-and-played
>> him an audio version. Next time we went from Fedora 6 to 9 we practicly had a
>> ceremony when we got rid of windows forever. In 2010 with needing a new PC, I
>> switched to Debian, as they have more of the latest packages.
>> In 2006 I got involved with a local Linux LUG, where I occasionally received
>> many hours of valuable asistance-and-even sometimes I was able to help.
>> Even though I have many struggles with web-sites which I cannot access because
>> of the javascript disease, I am still willing to stick with Linux, as once its
>> setup, it is a comfortable envirenment.
>> I have a Chromebook which I almost exclusively only attend Zoom meetings, as
>> far as I know, no1 has  written any commandline scripts to run Zoom in a
>> non-graphical setting. I also have a Mac but have not really looked in to
>> classes at an Apple store, but at least all of these machines have Linux I can
>> run.
>> Just last evening I was trying to help my Wife in windows7 but its practicly a
>> foreign language now from win98.
>> And lastly Karen, Linux provides me so much customization. I have 24 text
>> consoles. My Linux expert wrote me software to play-and-record streams with 4
>> sound-cards. I think I recorded maybe 10 streams at a time-and-later edited
>> them, as well as ajusting levels. So I have `much flexibility in Linux-and-am
>> `really happy here at nearly 70 next month. Thanks so much for listening
>> Chime
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