Written on Linux

As I pointed out several weeks back, Cloudical is transforming (and actually storming) to become a true open source company. And so am I (again)…

Over the past days, I (re-) installed Linux on several machines. It started as a VM on my iMac Pro, later I (again) transformed my Surface Book 2 into a Linux machine (only the camera is not working at the moment, but I couldn’t care less), my old 2009 iMac became the Linux treatment and today, I also deleted MacOS from a 2012 MacBook Pro.

Running Ubuntu
Running Ubuntu

Why?

Because I love the power I have over the system. I can adjust it to my needs, I can rest assured about privacy issues and concerns, and I have the freedom to choose my own desktop environment. My first experiences with Linux happened 20+ years ago, when I installed Mandrake and later run Ubuntu for several years. So, I know what I buying into, and I know why that feels right.

But, there are things that don’t feel right, though: My 2009 iMac has an old ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4850 graphics card, which is simply not supported anymore (at least not without workarounds, resulting into disabled HW-acceleration). Yes, my Surface Book can not utilize the camera. And Yes, for my 2012 MacBook Pro, I had to install WiFi-drivers by hand.

But the reason for all these things is not Linux, it is – and this is something I am working against for a long time – vendor lock and proprietary drivers. AMD, Apple, Microsoft, Broadcom are to blame. And that is why I won’t even try to install Linux directly on my iMac Pro – T2-chip, many Apple-specific glitches and traps. No, thank you.

In consequence, I am currently working around proprietary and vendor locked solutions. My next computer will be chosen with that in mind – as much as I love and admire Apple, as consequently I am willing to move away from it, because it is not open and therefore not sustainable and customizable. I get why the closed approach of Apple and Microsoft is a very reasonable one, but it is not my approach (anymore, again).

So, here I am: Back at Linux, happy with this, frustrated with the limitations imposed by proprietary approaches – and willing to live with it!

Written and published on Linux.

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