Why do you use Linux?
I've dabbled with computers for quite some time now - a mere amateur reading, trying, tweaking, and screeching and reaching - reaching for some semblance of privacy and control of my computer.
- Linux respects our privacy and I don't have to sign off my privacy in order to saddle-up to the Linux clan. Kudos to Linux.
- I believe that most people using other O/Ss do so grudgingly.
- Interacting with Linux devs, users, fans, and support are more like 'family' and thankfully, "Contact your Administrator" is not their fix for almost everything.
- Linux is respected world-wide, even by many die-hard Windows users and Linux has a better reputation when it comes to honesty, trustworthy, and reliability than any other O/S.
As a side-note, it appears to me that slowly, 'people' are taking back from governments and corporations and re-storing part of the Internet back to the "Information Highway", not the Google catalog of paying participants in Google's website popularity contest.
We see it in Mate, Firefox, startpage and duckduckgo coms, VPNs popping up everywhere, Ublock, GPU/CPU/Font MAC scramblers, more... - many, many things Internet are working hard to KOPIT - Keep Our Privacy In Tact. HURRAY! I think that with Linux being at the server side will help a great deal.
Linux and Mate are helping to lead the way by making it easier for more people to pave the way - people that are non-linear and detached from the typical corporate-controlled profit-driven Human Resources department.
IMHO the Giants are shrinking our Internet - more and more no matter where we go or what we search for, the answers are all to often relative to our location.
Add to that, the growing number of software (AKA Apps) and ads, that embed a CPU and/or GPU miner. WTH! GACK!
So I chose Linux to get my computer back, and to beat them at their own game. How? By going off the Microsoft/Google/Facebook grid. Linux and Mate, I hope, will help me to accomplish that by making it a little harder for the Stalkers, Miners, Peeps and Pervs to invade my privacy with their smarmy, but legal Stalkers.
How will Linux help me?: I'm not sure - I am just getting started but for one, I trust Linux over and above anything else. It is the strength behind a solid Internet, People deving Windows and Windows related software are locked into a controlling corporate structure while the devs of Linux operate in a totally - open source -
The Linux/Mate devs seem to be non-linear in their approach. This is different than the 'other' O/Ss that is structured linear processing during development, or, logical line of thinking. I get it, and get the reasons - to micro-manage with the goal of increased bottom line; but linear logic has its' drawbacks whereas some non-linear developing adheres to the idea that there are multiple entry points from which to approach, start, create, restructure, analyze, adapt or end anything.
Why did you choose Ubuntu MATE?
That's easy. For the same reasons I chose Linux but add that I like having the options Mate offers, plus the support and fan-following Mate has strengthens the very foundation which it is built upon. It's made better, by people who surely don't seem to see themselves as employees, but are rather part of family with a common goal - to make a better, friendlier, respectful O/S for people - and people are what PERSONAL Computers (PCs) and the Internet should be for, not corporate bottom lines.
Having such a wide range of non-assimilated devs, volunteers, and even occasional aides all adding to a wealth of information, can't help but make Mate a logical non-linear development. Ergo, in combo with Linux, Mate is the best choice for me to use MY personal computer unencumbered by the shysters holding the Internet hostage in exchange for my privacy.
'nuff said already
p.s. It's Sunday, it was reply or mow the lawn, I was bored, and you did ask.