Sean asked me the other day why I use Linux, and it took me a while to think of the answer. Of course, my laptop immediately decided to pick this moment to tell me that I had to check my hard drive, because I hadn’t checked it in 49710 days.

Sean laughed, but I told him that no, seriously, that machine had been up and running since 1868. That’s why I use Linux. For the great uptimes.

I’ve got my reasons, and I think they’re good ones, but sometimes it’s hard to remember them. Like, say, when I’m trying to plug in a piece of consumer-grade hardware.

Or, say, cut and paste things.


  1. Posted January 10, 2004 at 4:34 am | Permalink

    And the ability to warp the space-time continum. Wait, is that a feature or a bug?

  2. Posted January 10, 2004 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    I assume the real answer has to do with your deep-seated fondness for green text on a black background.

    (I find that 90% of my reasons for wanting desktop Linux go away if I have access to a shell account elsewhere.)

  3. Posted January 12, 2004 at 4:38 pm | Permalink

    I’m mystified with all the cut and paste problems that people have.

    Or problems in general, I suppose.

    This is one of those replies where I started out wanting to be constructive, but then stopped. Oops.

  4. Posted January 12, 2004 at 10:28 pm | Permalink


    ps. Nethack for(;;)