Digital media professor, author and Guardian collaborator shares the personal story of shifting from a decade-long-of-usage proprietary OS to Ubuntu 12.10
As human beings, we are, aren't we, predisposed to transforming actions into habits, then habits into deeply-rooted human behaviors, process that is, perhaps, part of our humanity.
Making habits out of actions can be observed with numerous and numerous activities, including related to food, clothes, preferred weather type, liked persons, etc, as well as computer-related activities.
It seems that sometimes, judging by various stories from across the internets, specialized persons may tend to adopt used tools as part of their existence, as in the case of heavily using a specific operating system that allows one to perform various activities, jobs, workflows, preferred OS that, especially after years of usage, seems as almost impossible to be changed with other operating system.
From the ancient of times, human beings have cherished, searched and demanded freedom, quality that, especially in our present times, seems to be denied, as in the case of (using) proprietary software.
Dan Gillmor is a professor at Arizona State University’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, as well as a prolific creator of interesting projects and collaborator for the widely known Guardian newspaper.
Dan Gillmor is an investor at Wikia and Seesmic, shareholder at Berkshire Hathaway, advisor for Global Voices Online, etc, essentially, a person possessing an articulate view on what is happening in the world (from a media and communication point-of-view).
Dan Gillmor has published an interesting article in the Guardian, explaining the personal shift from a proprietary OS to Ubuntu, furthermore, shift performed after years using a proprietary OS, "I'd been a full-time, devoted Mac user for more than a decade".
After installing Ubuntu 12.10 on a Lenovo's ThinkPad T430s laptop, the conclusion was: "But I found Linux software that worked at least well enough, and sometimes better than Mac or Windows counterparts".
Freedom and software-controlled-by-the-user are among the reasons that generated the shift, process that, after a period of accommodation, has proved itself full-of-satisfaction, "I'm not looking back in any way".
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