@mike The 3-2-1 idea is nice. You should have at least 3 backups, on 2 different medias and 1 backup should be offsite.
@kev Mine was less a question of the status quo and more a matter of convenience and capability. I started using Linux in the late 90s when I was going to college. I was studying Computer Science, and all our dev was done on Digital Unix. Having my own "Unix" was super attractive. Some friends of mine showed me a Mac running MKLinux, and I was sold. Free (as in beer) was a huge benefit too (I was broke). Free (as in Freedom) came later and is very important to me now.
#Debian Buster's soft freeze starts today; full freeze is a month from now: https://lists.debian.org/debian-devel-announce/2019/01/msg00008.html
Which means we're very close to the new release.
US citizens, if you don't use your public library, consider giving it another look this year.
Through the public library's Interlibrary Loan program, I've been able to read many books for "free" (for the price of my tax dollars). These include math books, programming books, and other textbooks. Old and new. The public library is a great resource.
Hm, now if only I was even on the same continent as Cambridge.
"The Raspberry Pi store is much cooler than an Apple Store"
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