The Politics of the Linux Desktop


If, as I do, you believe in open source, and particularly if you work within the open source community or are employed by an open source organisation, I struggle to see why you would even consider not using Linux. 

I’ve spoken to people about this (of course I have), and here are the most common reasons—or excuses—I’ve heard.

  • I’m more productive on Windows/Mac.
  • I can’t use app X on Linux, and I need it for my job.
  • I can’t game on Linux.
  • It’s what our customers use, so why we would alienate them?
  • “Open” means choice, and I prefer a proprietary desktop, so I use that.