Magazine article Technology & Learning

Practicing What You Preach

Magazine article Technology & Learning

Practicing What You Preach

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If I were in a rut, or bored, or on summer break, then I suppose deciding to take the time to learn a new operating system would make sense. But no: these days I'm up to my ears in work, buried in a demanding (but satisfying) online class, reading four (great) books, getting hooked on the game "Left4Dead," and nursing a kid who's upstairs sick in bed. So what do I do? I decide to learn a new operating system. Go figure.

I've been meaning to do this for a long time, because I truly believe that Linux is the OS of out future (though they will still have to pry Mac from my cold, dead fingers). People I trust also keep telling me that Linux has come a long way and is much more user-friendly. I must adopt, adapt, transform--in other words, get with the program.

Also, I sometimes feel the need to put myself at square one. Leave my comfort zone, parachute down into the unknown jungle with nothing but a few sketchy tutorials, and claw my way to a new civilization. …

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