Don’t Panic Yet, Linux Users

Someone asked me what my plans were regarding my use of Linux, given two posts pointing out problems with it. Don’t panic … yet.

If you have joined me in running some branch of Ubuntu 18.04, or a derivative like Mint, we are likely safe for a couple of years. I have no doubt that Canonical (the owner of the Ubuntu brand) views this from a corporate angle, and is also rejoicing that Linus Torvalds is out of the way. The Ubuntu user community is unlikely to exit in hordes. We have plenty of time to wait and see how things shake out.

Meanwhile, if you just can’t stand it, there are alternatives still out there that will likely help keep you sane. One very nice option is Project Trident, a derivative of FreeBSD. It’s still in beta, so you might want to wait a few months. A slightly more mature project is GhostBSD. If you download the ISO and burn it to a disk, you can run it live without installing, allowing you to test how well it works with your hardware.

If you are willing to wait awhile, you can bet I’ll pick one or more OSes to test and write guides for in the future. But right now, there’s no reason to panic. We have time to continue on with the Lord’s work using what we have now.

About Ed Hurst

Avid cyclist, Disabled Veteran, Bible History teacher, and wannabe writer; retired.
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