What is an OS? Ask your friends, family coworkers. I bet most of them couldn’t tell you. And in reality, most computer users could care less. As long as they can get on Facebook, they are all set. But if computers are your business, your hobby (like me), or if you just enjoy learning how things work, then your choice of operating system might matter to you.
Why Linux? I am not a Linux fan-boy. I won’t sit here and tell you it is any better than any other OS. I’m sure that if I had more time on my hands I could get close to the same level of customization I have achieved with my Linux machines on a Mac or Windows PC. But the key for me is that I want my computer to look and work just the way I want it to. It doesn’t have to be super easy to use or perfect right out of the box. Ultimately with Linux it becomes that way, but getting there for me is half (or more) of the fun.
Which distro to use? I use Ubuntu. I’ve tried all the major ones over the years but I have settled with Ubuntu because of the sheer number of people using it. Problem solving is just easier in this setting. Hardware support is good too. But in the end, it doesn’t matter which distro you choose – all the big ones are good. Just pick one with a strong community and stick with it.
So even though the OS might not matter to the masses, I choose Linux. Unrestricted, fully customizable and sometimes challenging it allows me to turn my computers into finely tuned instruments and provides endless hours of entertainment along the way.