What is GNU/Linux?

GNU/Linux is a collection of (mostly) free software (Linux contains binary blobs). Linux is a kernel and GNU is a project that makes a lot of software that is important in the free software world. A lot of operating systems out there build on the GNU/Linux foundation. Some famous GNU/Linux operating systems are Ubuntu, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Fedora, openSUSE, Debian and Linux Mint.

I run different flavors of GNU/Linux myself, both for work, for home use and on servers (like the one this blog is running on).

Why do I use GNU/Linux?

  • I use it because I like the idea of free (as in freedom) software. I value open collaboration. I like the communities for the different projects, the openness of open source code, the knowledge sharing, and so on.
  • I don't enjoy Windows, so that is also a reason. I find myself more at home with GNU/Linux. I feel more productive and it lets me do what I want and tweak what I want.
  • I value privacy and security. GNU/Linux is decent in that regard.
  • It's free of charge. I can run it everywhere with no expenses.
  • What else can I run? OpenBSD? Sure, but GNU/Linux has more choices when it comes to software, and it has a bigger community. Another point is that I have invested a lot of time into the GNU/Linux world, so it's comfy to stay there. If I want an operating system that is 100% free software, I could go for something like Parabola GNU/Linux-libre or PureOS. They ship libre Linux kernels. OpenBSD is also good stuff though.

Hard to understand all the terminology used here? Check out this article from the GNU Project ( It will explain what free software is about.