The Linux Moderate

One Man Standing Up for Computers That Get Work Done

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This site is years out of date and exists only to satisfy your historical curiosity. Don’t expect any information on it to be useful.

I mean to be offensively inoffensive and unreasonably reasonable.

It’s a sort of rule of etiquette that anyone who abandons Windows for Linux has to start a blog about the experience. You can find thousands of sites about Linux and its different distributions littered all over the Web, but this one will be at least a little different.

My real job is writing, not programming. I did spend a decade as a technical writer for a big networking company, but that’s all behind me, and now my main work is in ancient and medieval history, which is where the real money is.

To me, the computer is a tool for writing and research, and of course entertainment as well (but the wonderful thing about my work is that there’s really no distinction between “entertainment” and “research”).

When I abandoned Windows a while ago, I tried a Linux distribution on my main computer, and then another one. It was the second one I stuck with–Ubuntu, because it stayed out of my way while I got my work done, just the way an operating system is supposed to do, and just the way Windows didn’t.

But just trying the different distributions is a lot of fun. Ubuntu isn’t the only distribution that works well and stays out of the way. I have a crusty old desktop computer set aside for cruel experiments, and I’m using it to try out all the different Linux distributions that catch my eye. I don’t have enough invested in one distribution or another to be an unreasonable fanatic; I do, however, have strong opinions about how a computer should work for my needs, and if your needs are like mine, you might find my reviews helpful once in a while.

That’s one of the two main reasons for this site.

The other reason is that I’m hoping other people like me–people who use computers for daily work and might think about trying Linux–will benefit from my experience. I had a hard time finding help for some of the perfectly ordinary things I wanted to do with my new operating system. Long-time Linux users often can’t put themselves back in the place of newcomers. I hope my experiences will help the people who can’t get help from tech gurus who know far more than I do.

In doing so, I know I’ll offend a lot of people. First of all, if you mention the word “Linux,” you offend a lot of people one way or another. Second, if you express a perference for pointing and clicking rather than using the command line (or vice versa), you offend a lot of people. If you make any statement about anything to do with Linux that has any content or meaning, you offend a lot of people. I don’t mean to offend anyone, but I know it’s going to happen.

I will, however, try to be reasonable about offending you. I’ll tell you what I think and why I think it, and you can leave a comment telling me why I should stop thinking it. That’s fair, isn’t it? At least it’s the best you’re going to get. I’ll even sign my name, just to keep me honest:

CHRISTOPHER BAILEY

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Written by cbaile19

July 14, 2008 at 3:00 pm

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