Linked by Howard Fosdick on Sat 24th Nov 2012 17:52 UTC
Editorial Do you depend on your computer for your living? If so, I'm sure you've thought long and hard about which hardware and software to use. I'd like to explain why I use generic "white boxes" running open source software. These give me a platform I rely on for 100% availability. They also provide a low-cost solution with excellent security and privacy.
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by marcp on Sun 25th Nov 2012 01:07 UTC
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This is a very good, high quality and well written article. Thanks for giving me opportunity to check on other pro's policy.

I'm using FLOSS exclusively myself. Linux, *BSDs and other FLOSS operating systems.
However, the most important thing for me is data independence. I like it to be able to receive, read, write, manipulate my data no matter what platform I'm on. That's why I always go for simple solutions, which are more likely to be portable [like DD+gzip for backups, plain text files for information storage, etc]. It also makes the whole thing smaller, more compact and easy to move around.
I don't need to mention about multiple backups I make.

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