This is the first post in this never-ending series.
I've been a dedicated Mac user for a little over 2 years now. I got my 12" powerbook in the fall of 2004 by a good friend's sound advice, and never looked back. This little computer has been with me through thick and thin, almost never crashing, and doing things my previous computers just couldn't keep up with. So why switch? And why to Linux?
Well, the obvious answers - "politics", "philosophy", "31337-ness" - are too easy. Maybe it's a combination of all of those things. Maybe that's called "integrity", because it's hard to pontificate about the virtues of open-source software when you're sitting on your brushed aluminum (or cheap plastic) throne behind an Apple computer (or a windows one). It's not even so much a question of "what's best" - I mean, Bill Gates does way more "good" in the world than Steve Jobs does. By that rational, I should be on Windows too, right? And my computer of choice was based on which laptops run Linux the smoothest -unfortunately, that meant getting a Dell. And Michael Dell's not exactly a saint either. Can't win 'em all I suppose. A lot of the projects I've been working on happen to be with people who choose to use (and contribute to) open-source projects and software. In the past couple of months alone, I've seen firsthand the tremendous effect that free(er), open(er) software licensing can have in countries where cost or politics make it difficult to aquire commercial software.