Linux is great!

I switched to Ubuntu from Windows XP as my main computer’s OS a few months ago. I can’t believe how easy it is and how tasks that would have been complicated with windows are a breeze in linux.

Ubuntu (debian) package management via apt-get in particular is wonderful. Just google for what you’re looking for and you’ll get the name of a package to install. Then simply type:

sudo apt-get install package-name

Dependencies are taken care automatically: No DLL problem. Once you have a program installed, if a new version is released, you’ll get a notice and you’re a click away from the new version.

For example, I needed to merge a few single pages pdf files into a unique pdf file. I found out that pdftk would do what I need.

sudo apt-get install pdftk

pdftk 1.pdf 2.pdf cat output 1-2.pdf

There you go. 30 second after the first thought of me needing to merge pdf files, it was done! In fact I’ve come to realize that GUI aren’t always the best solution to a problem. We’ve been tought with windows to ignore command-line, to deem it as archaic but I now realize the true power of it: concise commands and fast execution! What a contrast with Vista!

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