Hi there. I’m a law student here at Harvard. I love computers, whether it’s building a new system, tweaking my desktop environment to be more efficient, or writing shell scripts to make life a little bit easier.
I spend a lot of time on my computer. This is true of many of you in my audience. There is a goal-oriented aspect to this – we all have work that demands the capabilities and convenience of a computer – but for myself and others, there is a pleasure aspect as well: the pleasure of spending time on one’s computer simply for the joy that comes from experimenting with technology.
Switching to Linux can be pretty scary, but also incredibly rewarding. There are lots of issues that, rightfully or not, cause a lot of Windows users to dismiss Linux as an alternative or replacement to their current desktop. One of the major themes of my Linux experience has been the necessity of making difficult, but powerful, choices. This blog chronicles the experiences and lessons gleaned during my own move from Windows to Linux, and explores the inconvenient choices that prevent many advanced Windows users from trying something new.