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Who is Tracy Reed?

I am a Linux enthusiast, a multi-engine instrument-rated pilot, and a traveller. I am interested in all aspects of computing and technology in general, especially Linux and Free Software. As an avid pilot I can be found somewhere over the skies of the southwestern US most weekends.  As a traveller I have been to many interesting places. Check out my photo gallery. Want to get me something cool? Check out my wish list!





My operating system of choice is Linux. I have been using Linux since 1993. Back then and over the next few years I ran into a number of people who told me Linux would never amount to anything. It sure feels good to be right! Linux has grown into a very capable OS which has really made an impact on the computing world.

Why Linux?

Linux is FREE SOFTWARE. Free as in Freedom. I can inspect how it works internally, change it, give copies to my friends. Linus Torvalds wrote the Linux kernel but Richard M Stallman made it Free. I owe them both my career.

Linux lets me do things that other more common operating systems are incapable of doing and gives me more freedom than any commercially available operating system. It keeps no secrets from me and works with me to do what I want instead of against me to keep me from doing what some greedy corporation does not want me to do. It does not get viruses or spyware. And now with SE Linux it is probably the most secure OS the average person can get. I have never used virus scanners in over 10 years and have never had a problem. Linux is the fastest, most powerful, most flexible operating system available to the general public. And to top it all off, it is completely free and you are encouraged to give copies to your friends. No strings attached. But don't think of it as free as in you pay nothing. Think of it as free as in FREEDOM to do with it whatever you want. Those who know what is important realize how valuable that is.


It is definitely possible to be 100% Microsoft-free.

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