I’ve used Windows for most of my life, but one day while I was looking for icons for a website I was working on, I got a virus so bad that I couldn’t get rid of it. I tried everything, all the cleaners and malwarebytes and everything and it was still there in my system tray, jumping ahead of me when I wanted to get on the internet. It really fucking sucked.
I decided to just wipe the whole thing and, rather than go down the Windows road again, I installed Ubuntu Linux. I didn’t know what I’d get, but I knew that I probably wouldn’t have viruses anymore and that I’d have to start typing sudo stuff into the terminal to make things happen that occur by default within popular operating systems, like making the computer play YouTube.
So I waited for the CD to install and fretted. I make a living with the computer, so this was kind of a big deal for me. What appeared, though, when everything had finished, was this really beautiful screen with washy maroon tones and sharp icons in a sidebar and brown readable menus with orange highlights and everything just looking really good and pro and well designed. I opened Firefox, which came with the system, and, because I had installed something called “restricted extras” (I like restricted things, so I said why not?) YouTube played without a hitch. I tried Second Life, and it worked great. There was an officey productivity suite. Nothing was a problem.
I was so happy, and my machine, though it is three years old, felt like new, just really fast and confident. The only thing I had to do was type some sudo stuff into the terminal to make double-sided DVDs play. I typed it in, and it worked fine. Who knew?