Running Ubuntu

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.

A symbol of freedom

To me, things as the channel tunnel are signs of freedom and peace. We should never forget how the world looked like 75 years ago.

Having this in mind, I enjoy doing business as a German in each European county, regardless of being a member of EU or not. And especially I enjoy doing business and meeting awesome people in the UK, where I’ll stay until sunday.

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