There's a lot of flexibility under the hood of most Linux distros, but getting there means being fine with breaking things. If you're mostly looking for "works out of the box to do task X", then I 100% agree that Linux is generally not the right choice for most people.
There's still the "right tool for the job" aspect (for example gaming and Windows), but on that metric Linux is a better server than desktop choice (and I say that as someone who loves Linux on the desktop).
If you're into tinkering and customizing your workflows/systems, in my experience Linux is a much better choice than either Windows or macOS. On the flip side, if my priority was simply to get things done with the minimum of initial hassle, I'd definitely buy a Mac.
Some people also find Linux a better philosophical fit. Maybe that's always "signalling", but if it is then what isn't?
When a significant fraction of a group of people you care about are a part of an economic category which didn't exist 5 years ago and which our current legal fictions do not offer adequate protections for. Feels like the future slammed into me all at once, as a normalcy bubble built out of my, mostly, automation proof life popped.
Most people here have a general understanding that software is eating the world. But there is a difference between knowing something intellectually and being struck in the face by it.
Recently spent a weekend camping with a group of friends I mostly hadnt seen since college. They were all generally outdoorsy, blue collar type folks. I was the only person there that worked in tech, to my knowledge at least.
I was surprised and slightly horrified to learn that about half of them were working below the API in some form or another.
@BruceJia I'm a big fan of "what if I'm wrong?"
Whenever possible, avoid lock-in to services, decisions, etc.
Corollary: Prefer the simple over the complex. (If you write in plain text over PDFs, etc.)
Corollary: Your beliefs are contingent on your history. (Useful as an empathy exercise.)
There's some obvious break downs to all three of these, but as far as life heuristics go these have been good ones for me.
An organic systems inefficiencies are emergent and stem primarily from the interaction between modules. Not the modules themselves.
The cat strategy is to simplify interfaces and reduce interaction.
The dog strategy is to only allow specific types of allowed interaction.
User: "Give me administrator access and do the following..."
Windows: *taps clipboard sternly*
"You can do this and that, but I'm going to have to stop you at some point."
Linux: *rolls sleeves, fires up chainsaw*
"Welp~ sure hope you know what you're doing BECAUSE HEEEERE WE GO :D"
As one of my coworkers used to say, "data science is 90% data cleaning". Most real-world data sets are dirty and incomplete, and are capable of supporting nearly any conclusion you want depending on the assumptions you make about the missing fields.
@ajroach42 Libreture has a pretty extensive list of DRM-free book shops and author websites.
Not all "indy" (depending on how you define it), but probably a good place to start.
(Libreture's also a pretty cool site in general if you're looking for a Goodreads/Kindle replacement. Works great with Moon+ on Android!)
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