The Linux fans over at the My Linux Rig site decided to feature a Linux-based writer alongside all the tech animals profiled on their blog:
Tom’s setup is interesting because he’s not a tech guy, although he obviously has some interest in technology. But mostly, he’s just a person trying to use computers to do his job. His setup reflects that. He’s got things he needs to do and he chooses software to help him best get everything done. It’s another great example of how Linux isn’t a novelty so much as it’s a viable alternative for “normal” (ie, non-tech obsessed) people who don’t enjoy using Windows or OS X.
Hey, I’m famous.
The Interview is essentially a repurposed version of the Underground’s Working Writer’s interview, which isn’t surprising since we both shamelessly stole the idea from The Setup blog (they ask for a screenshot of the interviewee’s desktop, another idea I might steal).
You’ll find Linux populating a lot of developer’s computers (Google’s development teams mostly run on their own version of Ubuntu Linux), but it’s far less commonly found among creative workers (writers, graphic artists, etc).
Which is too bad.
It’s fast, uncluttered, largely malware free and offers you far more choices than Windoze or the Mac. For all that speed and flexibility, you pay… nothing.
Unfortunately, its reputation as a technically challenging operating system remains, and without much reason. One writer asked me why I used Linux, and before I could answer said he didn’t want to learn a command line interface.
Which would be a good excuse if this was 1998.
If you can pry yourself away from Microsoft Word and you’re looking for a speedy, nag-free computer experience, then consider downloading Linux Mint (the Cinnamon version makes perfect sense to Windows users) or Ubuntu Linux (whose Unity desktop is very modern, but a bit less clear).
Burn a DVD, boot your computer from it, and see what Linux looks like (it’ll run slowly from a DVD).
You can install it right alongside Windows as a dual boot (on startup, you decide if you’re booting Linux or Windows). Maybe it’ll make you famous too.
Keep writing, Tom Chandler.