On Dec 3, 2016 I Officially Adopted Linux

I found these show notes from Dec 3, 2016. At this point I wasn’t on Destination Linux. I didn’t know all the awesome people like PZ, Rocco, Michael. DarkOne, etc. I had just finished using Linux for 30 days on the highest powered computer I could afford because I was curious. The Linux community rallied around this simple idea of seeing whether this Windows user would stick with Linux after I was done. Two years later a lot has changed but surprisingly my opinions haven’t shifted a lot from these show notes. Thought it was kind of interesting.

——————Dec 3, 2016 @ `10:55pm———————

Final Thoughts 30 Days of Linux Challenge

It is very important for me to first tell the community here and to all the individuals who contribute to opensource software – thank you!

I have had an absolute blast. Out of all the 140 videos I’ve done – this series has become the most fun and interactive of all the video series on my channel. Part of that is because I have learned volumes in a short period of time and still have volumes more to learn and that is very exciting to me. Another part is the excitement of people reaching out to me in social media and messages saying they’re following along with the challenge and taking the leap.

I didn’t have any preconceived ideas on how this was going to go. If it ended up being horrible, I would have delivered that. If my machines started crashing and I had to spend hours typing code in a terminal to get anything working – I would have delivered that reality to the community. The reality is – I didn’t experience any issues that I haven’t had in some form or fashion in Windows or Mac environments. While I am not an expert at Linux, I have made my living off windows for 20 years. I started in my Dad’s computer shop building computers and developing software for Windows computers and that still plays a part in my career today. I don’t hate Windows. I do hate the direction it has gone with a disregard for privacy (in my opinion) and the attempts to make it so simple it has become locked down, irritating, and more confusing than ever.  

Let’s talk about one of the core differences in licensing. I’ve spent thousands of dollars on software for windows. Whether it was video editing, graphics editing, new Windows versions, Office word processors and presentation software, virus and firewall software, the list goes on. If I was to reload Windows on my machine today it would likely take me many hours just to get all the licenses gathered, software downloaded, make calls to assure them I am not using that license on more computers that the license dictates and there will certainly be issues with some of those licenses that I digitally downloaded only allowing me access to re-download them for a short period of time unless I opted to pay more for them to store my software license on their site longer.

With Linux, I would simple download (in my case) Ubuntu studio and get to work.

Opensource is incredible. It allows those with less to create the same level of content that those with more resources can create. It puts everyone behind a computer on an even playing ground. My brother who is working on his game Gods and Nemesis was able to develop his entire game with open source software. A venture that in the past could have cost thousands of upfront software purchasing.

Open source software like Linux changes how we interact with the world and how we assign value to something. Its giving back to the communities and people around the world and putting everyone in a position to create.

With that being said, one thing I feel is vitally important to cover is the topic of money. Kdenlive for example has become a tool that I’ve just fallen in love with. The individuals who worked on this tool are brilliant and they have created a tool on par with Adobe Premiere.
GIMP, OBS, and the many distributions.
We think of open source as free. However, I feel when I start making money off of someone else’s back I should contribute.

I have made an effort to donate financially, spread the word, provide feedback during these 30 days of Linux. I encourage everyone to help provide what you can as far as contributions in any of the forms mentioned especially if you’re making money producing from these tools. It is free to use but costs lots of money and time to develop these products and our philosophy needs to include supporting these organizations in the best way our particular situation allows. Helping others in forums answer or find solutions to their problems is a way everyone can contribute.

So what now? Do I go and boot into my old buddy Windows…
I had no expectation set on whether I would stick with Linux when this started or continue past the 30 days. I would boot Windows if I needed to but frankly, I can’t think of a reason why I would. Everything I need is here now. Additionally, I’m learning vast amounts of information everyday – that is something I absolutely love and what this channel is founded on. So as long as I have more to learn – I will continue to watch grub boot my computers into Linux. In 30 days my entire workflow has shifted and frankly it would be disruptive to go back.

Feedback on Linux and Open-source Overall
So in all the praise there are opportunities. You may disagree with this portion and that’s ok – I welcome your feedback.

– I’ve focused heavily on changing the mindset in my videos from people looking at Linux as a tool to bring life to old equipment and focus on what it can do for the cutting edge. I understand why this concept came about but my first introduction to Linux was always – hey if you have an old computer you can run Linux on it and turn it into a server, etc. Without a doubt that is an advantage. But it is not the overwhelming advantage. In fact, I think it needs to be less of a focal point entirely when it comes to support old tech. Because Linux can deliver on the latest technology. Its cutting edge. In the forefront, not in the past. Linux has to continue its push to be heard and we as a community need to help by demanding the companies like Intel, AMD, Nvidia, ATI, Apple, etc. build their products with Linux in mind. The biggest hurdle is market share. A hurdle that is getting smaller and has to continue to be pushed. The squeaky wheel gets the grease. Applaud and buy from the companies that support your ideals. Suggest and recommend in forums and social media. Let them know we want your product to work on Linux and if it does we will support it.

– We talked about contributions. The community in my opinion has to continue to encourage heavily the need for giving back. That’s the wheel open source is turning. We’re saying its better over here to developers and coders. You want to encourage and applaud the efforts and not get caught up in just finding what’s wrong but also pointing out whats right. Its basic human interaction 101. If I develop something for Linux and all I see is complaints – I’m not going to feel very obligated to continue working on it especially when I am in a sense donating my time. Now there is money to be made in open-source. Support for corporations, advertising, portfolio development, administration, swag, training, plug-ins and extra features, as well as coders who can offer customization and of course donations. Its a different business model but one that needs to be advertised so people don’t think the people who use open-source expect things for free. The reality is we want things that are accessible, secure, and allow everyone access. That’s the message in my opinion.

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