How I selected my GNU/Linux Distro

ubuntu_logoIn my last post, I did mention how by reading Stallman’s essay titled: Free Software, Free Society I switched from running Windows to running GNU/Linux. This post discuss the process I went through to select Ubuntu the GNU/Linux distro (distribution) I now run. Here goes…

While still running Windows 7 on my laptop (Dell Vostro), I decided to run some GNU/Linux versions on VMWare to compare and test their features prior to switching fully. Before then, I had used Ubuntu (dual booting it with Windows 7). I however read of how Richard discouraged free software members to avoid Ubuntu because it was in league with to deny users their privacy as they used the operating system’s search feature. I then began looking for alternative GNU/Linux distros based on Ubuntu. I found gNewSense which was made completely of free software – it did not contain any proprietary packages. It seemed good at first but after testing the LiveCD on my system. I discovered many features were not going to work on my system (particularly the Internet connectivity). So, I thought to myself what is the use of a system without the Internet? Another option was to purchase a computer that was compatible with it but the price was to much for its worth.

In looking for an alternative, I came across Mint. Again it looked good until I discovered it could not run emacs – an advanced editor of GNU operating system (OS). Also, I would have to download a new version and re-install on my system every 6 months (what is the wisdom in that?). Having run out of alternatives, I turned back to Ubuntu but turned off the feature that Stallman had issues with and today I am enjoying Ubuntu.


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