The Linux M0nk3ys are a bunch of computer science students who want to share the solutions to problems they encounter and their experiences with the Linux/Unix operating system.
I’m Funkym0nk3y and I use linux for 5 years as main operating system. The linux command-line really impressed me. There are so much tools that do exactly what they should do, not like windows tools. I like to play with these tools and I try to do as much as I can with command line tools.
After having been a Windows user for over a decade I began to use Linux, i.e. Ubuntu, for about a year when I started studying at University. At first I was slightly confusesd by the structure and the look and feel of the new OS, but I thought I will get used to it. In my third semester I got myself a Macbook and started using OS X and I must admit I loved it. But after a while I found that I needed software that was not downloadable as precompiled binaries. That’s when I began to mess around with the OS X terminal, package systems, compilers and command line tools. I was amazed by the power of command line tools and especially the power of pipes :-). Since I was still using Windows for some applications I could not find an OS X version of, I installed Windows and Ubuntu parallel to OS X on my Macbook via rEFIt. Over the years I tried out a fiew distros like Ubuntu, Debian, Suse or Fedora and I was beginning to boot Linux/Unix OSes more often than OS X and now I barely boot anything else.
When I’m not at work or at my laptop I practice Wing Chun, play the piano or enjoy time with my friends.
I’m using Linux on a regular basis since early 2005. The very first distribution I used was Mandrake Linux. After I made myself somewhat familiar with Linux I changed my distribution to OpenSuse and afterwards to Kubuntu. Just before I started my studies at the university I changed my distro from Kubuntu to Ubuntu and I stayed with it for a long time… until I finally changed my distro in 2012 to Arch Linux.
There are many arguments in favor of using Linux, some of them were already mentioned by Funkym0nk3y and H0nk3ym0nk3y. From my point of view the most important reason is the wonderful philosophy of Linux and I would like to conclude by saying: I love Linux, the command line and learning every day something new by using this great OS. I love to know how my system works, what it exactly does and being able to configure every single aspect according to my individual requirements.