Greg DeKoenigsberg, vice president (community) of Eucalyptus, threw down the gauntlet on Facebook this morning: “So I get why the whole ‘why you’re supporting #!’ — tell me why you’re *using* #!. Consider me a potential convert. 😉 ”
But first, let’s talk about one of my favorite topics: ice cream. Were we to go to Baskin-Robbins, which flavor would you choose? If you choose Gold Medal Ribbon, you and I would be having the same flavor. I always order that flavor because it’s the one that I like best, the one that works for me. You might not like that flavor and might go with something else, and that’s OK too.
Distros are like flavors of ice cream — we all have our favorites and while you might prefer one flavor over another, we can agree that we like ice cream. Same with distros; different flavors, same product.
Forgive this brief sermon to the choir, because I know you know this already. Obviously, that’s for the benefit of those in the blogosphere who might take a “$DISTRO uber alles” approach to FOSS, which you and I will agree is not the best policy.
Let me briefly tell you why I’m using CrunchBang: Part of it is performance — using Openbox window manager tosses out a lot of what bogs down a desktop environment, memory-wise (and since I’m stuck with older hardware for the moment, that in and of itself is a blessing). Part of has to do with personal experience: Having five years of Linux under my proverbial belt, I found I don’t need an off-the-shelf distro any longer, and CrunchBang has a tweakability that I find suits my level of growing expertise. Also, over the last several months, I find that answers to questions I have about CrunchBang are readily available on a very well-organized and well-stocked forum.
I also like the idea of contributing to a distro and a community that has the potential to grow. CrunchBang is not going to replace Fedora, Ubuntu or Linux Mint any time soon — no one in their right mind thinks that — but it has its place in the Linux strata in the same way that while Porsche does not rank high among the sales leaders in auto sales, its quality and reputation precedes it.
Such is the case for several distros that (shameless self-promotion alert) I’ll be talking about during my presentation, “On Beyond Zenwalk,” at SCALE 10X next month.
What it all boils down to — and I realize that I don’t win any sales points here — is honesty. In the final analysis, you have to try it for yourself.
If you like it, use it. If you don’t, use what you like.
Personally, I’m looking forward to your keynote at SCALE next month and I’d be glad to talk to you more about it if you’re interested. Meanwhile, to your question “why” I’m using CrunchBang, I hope this will suffice.
(Larry Cafiero is one of the founders of the Lindependence Project and has just started testing and developing software in his new home office in the redwood covered hills of Felton, California, USA. Watch this space.)