GNU/Linux user frustrations
I consider myself an advanced GNU/Linux user. Not because I can code or because I can do very advanced “operations” using the power of GNU/Linux operating systems, but because I've used many different GNU/Linux OSes over more than 20 years, I can install them and I can set them up according to my needs and I use them 100% of the time I'm on my computer. (I have Windows on a VM because, sometimes, I really have to use it.) And because I've been able to solve all my problems with computers by myself with the help of the great community of GNU/Linux enthusiasts that kindly share their knowledge with us. Thanks to them I've also been able to set up my small home network. I've even built some of the computers I've used through these years! And everything works fine! Not bad for a teacher of English, right?! I've always loved tinkering with machines...
But, I must admit, being a GNU/Linux user is very frustrating at times! How so?! Because when I leave my environment and enter my working place, the school where I teach English, I can't use my favourite OS, even though every computer has a GNU/Linux distro installed! But they are so outdated that they are barely usable! And they're not properly set up either! Therefore, I have to continuously deal with configuration problems with the Windows machines that we have at school... And I'm not the admin of those systems. So, on top of not being able to use LibreOffice and Firefox with my settings, I have to deal with computers that don't connect to the Internet, viruses, and I'm always forced to use MS Office! And this happens on the double, because I teach at two different schools!
This situation is very frustrating, because I've been trying to find a solution, but it can't be applied to all computers at school because there are also hardware issues when I try to use #KNOPPIX to escape all the issues mentioned above! It will boot on some computers, but it won't on others... The BIOS is password protected... And, on some others, there are hardware incompatibilities... And it was already hard to find a distro that I could use with encrypted persistent storage...
Then I thought that starting to use PortableApps again would solve the problem. But I had another issue... I can't have my personal stuff and the students data on a USB flash drive that I may lose (that doesn't happen frequently, but the possibility exists...) without having it all encrypted. I could have that type of data inside an encrypted partition but that would require admin privileges to mount the partition using VeraCrypt, for example. So, I started searching the Internet for a solution and I found it on USB Safeguard. So, now all my problems are solved, right? Wrong!!! On some computers there are persistent problems connecting to the Internet and if I can't change their settings, my new encrypted PortableApps USB flash drive is useless!
And here I am again, back to the starting point, with the KNOPPIX and the PortableApps USB flash drives in my bag, waiting for the system admin to have some time to solve the problem and wasting my time and felling deeply frustrated!!! Argh!
And the solution is already inside most computers! It would only suffice to set up the GNU/Linux distros that the computers have in them properly and most problems would be gone forever! What a waste of resources! Argh!