another developer that switched checking in

Date: 2014-05-19 05:25 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
I switched over months ago, got tired of constantly needing to mess with my computer just so it would function. Problems ranging from my fans constantly on full blast to a desktop that wasn't very stable to upgrades that would break all the things.

I don't want any of that, I just want to open the lid and start working. I don't want to have to battle with software that was not designed to work with other software. I don't want to spend my days fixing broken software because maintainers are too lazy to apply patches someone else submitted months before. I don't want to have to deal with what's on my screen showing up in front of the screensaver, or worse, the screensaver crashing allowing access to my machine.

Linux as a server platform is hands down the best platform on the planet, but it really falls on its face when you install it on a workstation or laptop. The only way it's quasi-stable is to use RedHat or something equally ancient. Why would I stick to an LTS and it's 4 year old software when I can just use one of the major desktop platforms and get work done using the latest tools?

I switched to OSX and you couldn't pay me to switch back.
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Power management, mobile and firmware developer on Linux. Security developer at Google. Member of the Free Software Foundation board of directors. Ex-biologist. @mjg59 on Twitter. Content here should not be interpreted as the opinion of my employer.

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